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Wanting more from Golson


Just as Notre Dame's victory over Oklahoma raised the bar on the No. 4 Irish's expectations for the season, Everett Golson's performance in the 30-13 road win raised the expectations the team has of him.

The sophomore quarterback, who returned after sitting out a game for precautionary reasons after suffering a concussion, threw for 177 yards and ran for 64 against the Sooners. He also scored the game-winning touchdown on a 1-yard run.

"I think we demand more," coach Brian Kelly said Tuesday of how he expects Golson to progress after the win. "Our expectations are higher. You did this on the road against very good competition, now what we expect on Tuesday is for you to be fully engaged and take over the practice. Now we are going to move that bar up a little bit on him and demand more from him."

Kelly said the next step in Golson's evolution at Notre Dame (8-0), which plays host to Pittsburgh (4-4) on Saturday, be more consistent in the passing game.

Golson is completing 57.5 percent of his passes this season as he has thrown for 1,145 yards with four touchdowns and three interceptions.

"The passing game still needs to improve," Kelly said. "We had where we consider four, maybe five opportunities, that we left out there in terms of throwing the ball (against Oklahoma). We want to see a higher passing efficiency.

"What we need now is to put together a string of games back to back. I think those are the two things that we are going to ask from Everett in terms of his progress."

What will not happen this year for Golson is becoming the face of Notre Dame's program.

The sophomore has rarely been made available for interviews during the week this season, and Kelly said that will likely stay the same as Golson continues his first season playing in college.

"I don't see it happening this year," Kelly said of having Golson be available for interviews. "I see us really focusing on a lot of the little things that we have to get better at. He has and he is committed to it. I'm not ready to put him out there yet. He is getting there. There is no question."

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.