Everett Golson isn't quite all the way back to being Notre Dame's starting quarterback after all.

The sophomore is expected to complete the journey Monday, but not before he undergoes a "full physical exertion" test to determine how his body reacts, post-concussion, to some strenuous cardiovascular work.

"As I said earlier, he was cleared (to practice) because he had passed all those (concussion) tests – they want to just make sure we run him hard (Monday and elevate his blood pressure and make sure," Irish coach Brian Kelly said on his Sunday teleconference.

"That's the last piece The rest is, let's go play. (Monday) will be the last real test."

Golson didn't start against BYU on Saturday and Kelly Air Max 95 had elected not to play him at all after he suffered a concussion against Stanford the previous weekend and only returned to practice on Wednesday.

While he obviously did some work in the ramp-up to BYU and made his case to Kelly to play, Golson did not apparently stress his body totally -- or at least not enough to remove all doubt that he could play.

"He took reps, but the reps he took were really more of 7-on-7 and some team reps," Kelly said. "We really haven't run him physically like he would in a game situation after a big run and maybe he comes back back and runs an option play. I just want to make sure we cover everything. We expect that go well. If it goes well, now it's just full steam ahead to Oklahoma."

Golson has started five of seven games for the Irish, throwing for 968 yards and four touchdowns with a 124.1 pass efficiency rating. Backup Tommy Rees has played in six games, thrown 41 passes and has a 138.4 efficiency rating in his stints.


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