USC emphasizing turnovers with Golson and Notre Dame coming to town
Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson has committed his fair share of turnovers this season.
It’s been so problematic that Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly went into last week’s game against Louisville with a zero tolerance policy for turnovers.
Despite an interception Golson remained in the game.
"I think the turnovers for me would have to be ones that were careless, sloppy, a disregard for the football," Kelly said.
The Notre Dame head coach said he didn’t feel that was the case for Golson last week.
The zero tolerance policy, however, is still in effect, he said.
For the season, Golson has thrown 13 interceptions. Four of those have been returned for touchdowns.
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Golson has also fumbled 11 times. Seven of which were lost.
Ball security hasn’t been his strongpoint and the Trojans are aware.
"We’ve been watching a lot of film and noticing that he carries the ball kind of loosely sometimes," Leonard Williams said. "A big emphasis this week is just doing strip attempts and going after the ball."
For all the negative that Golson is associated with, in terms on ball security, he’s made his fair share of plays as well.
His 29 touchdown passes are seventh in the nation. He’s also fifth in the nation in points responsible for with 20.5 points per game –ahead of Heisman Trophy candidate Dak Prescott.
"We need to be aware of the amount of tipped balls that he’s had that’s led to some turnovers," USC head coach Steve Sarkisian said. "We need to be aware of some of the fumbles but we also need to be aware of his playmaking ability.
"He’s a very dangerous player."
Although the USC defense wants to get Golson to continue his turnover trend, as a team they have to be mindful of becoming overzealous.
"Some people might just try to go for the ball without thinking about wrapping up first," Williams said. "We just got to make sure we’re mentally strong enough to go for the tackle before the ball but we’re definitely going to try to get the ball out."