Staying or going? Mike Golic Jr.

November, 30, 2011
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This week we are taking a look at each of Notre Dame's fourth-year scholarship players with eligibility remaining and examining whether he will likely return to the Irish next season. Here, we look at center Mike Golic Jr.

Before Notre Dame: From Northwest Catholic High School in West Hartford, Conn., Golic entered Notre Dame as ESPNU's No. 4 overall center.

At Notre Dame: Golic saw action in 23 games before taking over starting center duties Nov. 5 after Braxston Cave went down with a season-ending left foot injury. Golic has done a nice job filling in, starting the last three games. In Golic's first two games as a starter, the line paved the way for 186.5 rushing yards per game. (That number dropped to 143.3 rushing yards per game following the Irish's 57-yard struggle Saturday at Stanford.)

What's next?: The film, television and theatre major will start in the Irish's bowl game and, if he comes back, would likely see most of the time at center in the spring as the limited Cave continues to recover from surgery.

The verdict: Staying. Golic is a valuable piece to the line. Even if Cave makes a full recovery in time for the start of next season, Golic could very well start next to him at right guard, which will be up for grabs next season with Trevor Robinson gone. Golic has seen time at guard before.

Previous players:
Braxston Cave
Lane Clelland
Dayne Crist
Sean Cwynar

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