Zack Martin can't even remember where Everett Golson was as a quarterback at spring practice a year ago.
Back then, Golson was still Notre Dame's 3rd option at QB, coming off a redshirt season as the scout quarterback who was hoping to get a shot to prove himself.
Golson smiled when asked how far he's come since then.
"The game was a lot faster then," Golson says.
As we all know, Golson ended up becoming Notre Dame's starting quarterback in 2012 and led the Irish to the BCS National Championship game. He enters the upcoming season as the unquestioned starter for Notre Dame.
But Golson says he doesn't feel an extra comfort knowing he's the starter.
"I don't really think about it like that," Golson explains. "The number one is only good for so much. You go out and throw a couple of picks and who knows, maybe its another controversy again--your job is back up. My thing is to never get complacent, to always stay hungry and stay driven and that's how I've approached this process."
But make no mistake Golson feels a lot more comfortable out there period. So much so that he's become a vocal leader for the Irish.
"I don't feel like I have to be but I'm more willing to be," Golson explains. "Being I'm the quarterback at such a prestigious university on such a great team with so many great teammates, I want to be in that leadership role."
Martin, Notre Dame's star offensive lineman and captain, says Golson has stepped up his leadership in a major. It's something Martin says started during the 2012 season and now has evolved into the spring.
Notre Dame wraps up spring practice with the Blue-Gold Game next Saturday at Notre Dame Stadium.