Images from Thursday of Notre Dame preparing for the BCS National Championship Game.
SOPHOMORE SEASON (2012): Appeared in 12 games ... started 11 games and led the Irish to victories in 10 contests ... the 10 straight wins to open his starting career is the second-most in school history ... first quarterback in school history to lead the Irish to road victories over top-10 foes in his first two respective road starts ... completed 58.8 percent of his passes (187 of 318) for 2,405 yards and 12 touchdowns with six interceptions ... also rushed for 298 yards, the most by an Irish signal caller since Carlyle Holiday had 666 yards in 2001 ... joined Joe Theismann (1970) and Jarious Jackson (1999) as the only Irish quarterbacks to pass for more than 2,000 yards and rush for more than 300 in one season ... registered team-high six rushing touchdowns ... the six rushing touchdowns were the most by an Irish quarterback since Jarious Jackson had seven in 1999 ... passed for at least 200 yards in six games, including each of the last five games ... tossed multiple touchdown passes in three games, each over the last five outings ... recorded both a rushing touchdown and passing touchdown in the same game on four occasions (Purdue, Michigan State, Pittsburgh and Boston College) ... first Irish signal caller to lead his team to a victory over a top-10 opponent in his first career road start since Kevin McDougal on Sept. 11, 1993 ... threw for 317 yards in the first half against Wake Forest (Nov. 17), which is the most yards passing ever for a Notre Dame quarterback in the first half ... bested the previous record of 300 set by Jimmy Clausen in the opening half of the 2008 Hawai'i Bowl against Hawai'i ... his 317 yards passing in the opening half is the second-most in any half in school history as Jimmy Clausen had 340 in the second stanza against Navy in 2009 ... was the first Irish quarterback to throw for 300 yards in a game since Tommy Rees against Michigan in 2011 ... finished 20 of 30 for 346 yards and three touchdowns ... the 346 yards passing was the most by an Irish signal caller since Dayne Crist (368) against Michigan State on Sept. 18, 2010 ... only one Notre Dame quarterback in his first season of competition has ever passed for more yards in a game (Brady Quinn, 350 yards vs. Boston College as a true freshman in 2003) ... only six Notre Dame quarterbacks have ever passed for more yards in a game (Terry Hanratty, Joe Theismann, Joe Montana and Dayne Crist - all once; Jimmy Clausen - five times; Brady Quinn - six times) ... tossed a career-best three touchdown passes, all in the opening half against Wake Forest (Nov. 17) ... 12 of his first 14 completions against Wake Forest resulted in a first down - the only two completions that did not result in a first down - a nine-yard pass play to senior WR John Goodman and two-yard touchdown pass to senior TE Tyler Eifert ... completed 21 of 31 passes for 289 yards and scored two touchdowns, one of which was on the ground, in the victory over Purdue (Sept. 8) ... the 289 yards passing was the second most by a Notre Dame quarterback making his first start in Notre Dame Stadium ... Terry Hanratty owns the record with 304 in a 26-14 victory against No. 6 Purdue in 1966, and Golson just nudged ahead of Tom Clements' 1972 effort of 287 yards in a 35-14 Irish win against the Boilermakers ... threw for 186 yards and ran for another 51 in the victory over Miami (Oct. 6) ... completed 17 of 22 passes, including 15 of his first 20 for 153 yards in the first half alone against the Hurricanes ... connected passes to eight different receivers before halftime ... rushed for 45 yards on four carries in the opening 15 minutes against the Hurricanes ... completed all six of his passes for 75 yards in the first quarter against Miami ... ran for 64 yards and threw for 177 more as the Irish knocked off No. 8 Oklahoma, 30-13 ... completed 13 of 25 passes, including three on third down throws ... recorded a then career-long 50-yard pass to Chris Brown in the fourth quarter against the Sooners ... went nine of 18 for 94 yards and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter to help the Irish rally from a 20-6 fourth-quarter deficit against Pittsburgh (Nov. 3) ... threw for 105 yards and two touchdowns in the fourth quarter and overtime sessions; also ran for 59 yards on nine carries, including a touchdown and two-point conversion ... accounted for 164 of Notre Dame's 223 total yards in the fourth quarter and overtime (73.5 percent) against the Panthers ... rushed for a career-best 74 yards against Pittsburgh ... had the game-winning rushing touchdown - a one-yard plunge on the final play of overtime ... against Boston College (Nov. 10), threw for 200 yards and scored three touchdowns (two of them rushing) as the team claimed a 21-6 victory ... came out of the locker room in the opening quarter on fire against USC (Nov. 24) ... completed seven of eight passes for 100 yards ... his only incompletion was a throw-away on third down out of the end zone ... after throwing for 317 yards in the first half against Wake Forest, he threw for another 181 yards in the opening half against the Trojans ... completed 21 of 36 pass attempts for 270 yards with one touchdown and one interception vs. Alabama in BCS National Championship Game ... rushed five times for minus-seven yards vs. Crimson Tide, but did score touchdown on a two-yard rush ... completed 13 of 20 passes for 177 yards with one touchdown and one interception in the second half vs. Alabama.
FRESHMAN SEASON (2011): Did not see game action during the season.
HIGH SCHOOL AND PERSONAL DATA: Finalist for Mr. Football of South Carolina in 2010 ... ranked sixth all-time in national high school history with 151 career touchdown passes ... tabbed SCPrep.com co-player of year following senior season in 2010 ... rated 79th-best player in nation for 2010 by MaxPreps ... named SuperPrep All-American in 2010 ... selected to all-Southern first-team offense in 2010 by Orlando Sentinel ... named second-team all-state by SCVarsity.com in 2010 ... led South Carolina to victory in Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas ... ranked 16th on Rivals.com dual-threat quarterback list ... rated 12th on Rivals.com South Carolina postseason top 30 list ... finished 44-5 in his career as starting quarterback at Myrtle Beach High School in Myrtle Beach, S.C. ... threw for 11,634 yards and 151 TDs in his career ... led Myrtle Beach to 14-1 record and South Carolina Class AAA state championship vs. South Pointe in 2010 ... missed half of 2010 season due to injury, but still threw for 1,770 yards and 25 TDs as senior ... led Myrtle Beach to South Carolina Class AAA state runner-up finish in junior season in 2009, completing 224 of 356 passes for 3,529 yards with 47 TDs and three interceptions ... named MaxPreps junior All-American in 2009 ... 2009 Associated Press South Carolina all-state selection ... two-time recipient of WPDE Zoneman award as top player in Florence/Myrtle Beach area in 2008 and 2009 ... as a sophomore in 2008 guided Myrtle Beach to 13-1 record and South Carolina Class AAA State Championship, throwing for 3,570 yards with 44 TDs and 10 interceptions ... led Seahawks to 12-1 record as freshman in 2007 and completed 62.9 percent of his passes for 2,765 yards with 35 TDs and 11 interceptions ... played point guard for Myrtle Beach basketball team and led team to 2008 South Carolina Class AAA state championship ... named all-state in basketball by South Carolina basketball coaches association after averaging 19.6 points, 5.0 assists and 4.7 rebounds per game as junior in 2009-10 ... plays piano and drums with his father at Mount Olive AME Church ... played piano at Champs Sports Bowl luncheon talent show ... graduated from high school in December 2010 and enrolled at Notre Dame in January 2011 ... played for coach Mickey Wilson at Myrtle Beach High School ... enrolled in Mendoza College of Buisness.