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Faith in Golson

Notre Dame offensive coordinator Chuck Martin is not worried about sophomore quarterback Everett Golson losing confidence, even if he continues to get replaced during games.

Golson was pulled for the No. 10 Irish's final drive in a 20-17 win over Purdue on Sept. 8. He was pulled again in Saturday night's 13-6 win over Michigan, but that time, it was in the first half after throwing two interceptions.

Junior Tommy Rees, who started all but the season opener last season, replaced Golson in both of those games.

Even though Golson has only finished one game this season, a 20-3 win over Michigan State, Martin said the fact that he is starting over Rees, Andrew Hendrix and Gunner Kiel should give him enough confidence to keep going forward.

"Keep accentuating all the good things he's done, because he's played a lot of snaps, he's done a lot of good things," Martin, who spoke to the media the first time this season Wednesday, said of Golson, who didn't play as a freshman. "We said from Day 1, 'You're not going to be a great quarterback as a freshman. It's very rare (a freshman is) great all the time. You might be great in spurts or great on plays or great for a period of time, or even a whole game you might have a completely great game.'

"But just to play, there's so many new experiences for him."

Golson's performance against Michigan was the newest experience for the quarterback.

Martin said even Golson couldn't explain what went wrong as he complete only 3 of 8 passes for 30 yards with two interceptions before being replaced by Rees.

"You learn from it, you move forward," Martin said. "He knows he wasn't locked in like he should have been locked in. He knows he can't have that happen again."

Golson will get a chance to redeem himself when Notre Dame (4-0) plays Miami at Chicago's Soldier Field on Oct. 6.

And Martin said he expects Golson to keep getting better after the Irish return from their week off.

"Everett is at the point where he's understanding, he's seeing it, but he still flinches sometimes." Martin said. "He doesn't flinch all the time. He's made some great run checks this year, and then other times he just kind of hesitated. So the nice thing is you know the knowledge is there, you know he's getting it, it's just about experience. Unfortunately or fortunately, whichever way you look at it, he's getting experience under fire right now."