Notre Dame starting quarterback Everett Golson passed all cognitive tests on Monday and returned to practice Tuesday afternoon. Golson suffered a concussion during the final minutes of Saturday’s overtime win over Stanford on a helmet-to-helmet collision.
Golson passed a balance test and general exam on Sunday but hat yet to pass the computer concussion test. The Irish rookie QB took that test again Tuesday, passed and was cleared for Wednesday’s practice.
Notre Dame does not have classes this week as it prepares to face BYU on Saturday but Golson’s mind will still be at work. Kelly said Tuesday’s practice was a ‘mental rep’ day for Golson.
Tommy Rees ran the first team offense at practice on Tuesday. Rees came in for Golson when Everett left the game with the concussion and Rees helped lead the Irish on a game tying drive. Rees then threw the go ahead touchdown to TJ Jones in overtime.
“You can’t do that with everybody,” Kelly says of Rees’ ability to be able to come in and win in the cold and rain.
Rees took about 60% of the physical reps while 3rd string quarterback Andrew Hendrix received about 40% of the reps.
Golson struggled Saturday before he was injured, turning the ball over three times on fumbles.
"He knows how important it is to take care of the football, and we have to be more vigilant in practice,” Kelly said.
Kelly stuck with Golson, who did engineer a game tying drive early in the 4th quarter with a touchdown pass to Tyler Eifert that made it 10-10.