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Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly will make absolutely sure Monday that quarterback Everett Golson can play Saturday at No. 8 Oklahoma (5-1).

During his Sunday teleconference, Kelly said Golson will go through a “full physical exertion” workout and have his cardiovascular work tested Monday to make sure the sophomore is completely back from the concussion he sustained in the 20-13 overtime win over Stanford on Oct. 13.

“I think (Monday) will really be the last test for us,” Kelly said. “He was cleared (to practice) because he had passed all of those tests. I think (the doctors) just wanted to make sure that we run him hard (Monday) and elevate his blood pressure and make sure that’s the last piece. The rest is, let’s go play.”

Golson didn’t play in Saturday’s 17-14 home win over BYU (4-4) after he was unable to start practicing until Wednesday.

Tommy Rees started for the No. 5 Irish (7-0), and Andrew Hendrix made a brief appearance in the comeback win over the Cougars.

Golson’s workouts leading up to the game against BYU didn’t test him enough physically to convince Kelly that he was ready to play.

“He took reps, but the reps he took were really more of 7-on-7 and some team reps,” Kelly said. “We really haven’t run him physically like he would in a game situation after a big run and maybe he comes back and runs an option play. I just want to make sure we cover everything. We expect that will go well. If it goes well, now it’s just full steam ahead to Oklahoma.”

The Journal Gazette's Assistant Sports Editor Tony Krausz covers The University of Notre Dame. Krausz, a graduate of the University of Missouri School of Journalism and a native of St. Louis, has been assistant sports editor since October 2005. Prior to joining the JG, he worked at two papers in Mississippi covering high school and college athletics.