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February 16. 2013 2:35PM

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SOUTH BEND, Ind. — Everett Golson's first season at Notre Dame was spent running the Irish's scout team. It was a good learning experience and a chance to mature in the whirlwind of a big-time football program. He acknowledges it was also a bit humbling.

"It's time to get back to what I know I can do," Golson said Wednesday.

What he knows how to do is move the football, either with his legs as a breakaway runner or with a strong arm that saw him throw for more than 11,000 yards and 151 TDs as a prep star in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Now he's in the running to be the Irish's starter and has emerged from a four-quarterback derby as a front runner, along with Andrew Hendrix.

Coach Brian Kelly said the two QBs are getting an even amount of reps in practice, even though Golson got more work with the first team Wednesday when reporters were allowed to watch the entire workout.

"It's 1-A, 1-B. Both have made great progress," Kelly said.

The competition took on a new twist when Tommy Rees, who is 12-4 as a starter the last two seasons, was arrested following a scuffle with police as he fled an off-campus party in May.

Rees was suspended for the Irish's Sept. 1 season opener against Navy in Dublin, Ireland, and although in uniform did very little in practice Wednesday in terms of participating in the drills. Gunner Kiel, a freshman and a top recruit, is No. 3 right now.

Golson, Hendrix and Kiel all made a point Wednesday of saying how helpful Rees has been in helping them learn the intricacies and formations in Kelly's spread offense.

"We'll be talking in the room and he's like, you know, if you need anything, I'm here for you," said Golson, who is Rees' roommate during camp.

"That's how it is with this whole unit, not only just with Tommy. ... Even though this is a competition, we also help each other out."

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