What will ND's offense look like in 2014? 

July, 11, 2014
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Everett GolsonJoel Auerbach/Getty ImagesFollowing a suspension last season, Everett Golson will get another chance with the Fighting Irish.
As we count down 50 days until the start of the 2014 college football season, ESPN Insider Travis Haney is answering at least one big question a day until South Carolina and Texas A&M’s kickoff on Aug. 28.

Heisman contenders, breakout freshmen, conference winners – it will all be covered as part of Insider’s Ultimate Season Preview.


The question: What will the Notre Dame Fighting Irish look like on offense in 2014 with the return of QB Everett Golson?

Golson was one of the college counselors this week at the Elite 11 finals in Beaverton, Oregon. I had a chance to talk with him at Nike HQ about his return from suspension and also what the Irish could display this fall on offense. One of the first points he made was the 2014 offense will not be like the 2012 version.

“Oh, it’s a lot different,” he told me. “I look at it like this: You play to your side. [In 2012,] the defense was our strong side, so we were a little more conservative -- running more, in I-formation, play-action, that stuff. Now, we’re going to be more open, more spread option -- and we have the tools do it.”

I asked Golson to pick a breakout candidate on offense.

“Really,” he said, “all of us are trying to break out.” But he eventually relented and settled on RB Greg Bryant, who played sparingly last year and then missed the rest of the season with an injury.

The backfield will be crowded with Bryant,