3 Things We Learned From The Notre Dame Spring Football Game

The Notre Dame Fighting Irish football program officially ended its spring practice session on Saturday with a wild spring game in front of the always-raucous Notre Dame faithful. The Gold Team nipped the Blue Team 37-34, but other than the bragging rights associated with the Gold Team's win, Saturday was more about getting a look at the very near future of Irish football.

Here's 3 Things We Learned From The Notre Dame Spring Football Game.

1. Everett Golson Will Be On The Move

If Everett Golson wins the starting quarterback job outright, expect a heavy dose of quarterback options and designed Golson runs to keep opposing defenses off balance and get a handle on his bad habit of attempt to force passes into blanketing coverage. He's not guaranteed to beat out Malik Zaire, but the spring game showed that Golson has the athletic ability to do so -- provided he can get out of his own head altogether.

2. Nick Watkins Showed Flashes Of Greatness

The highly-touted 2014 cornerback prospect is a four-star talent with five-star potential, and he showed that by shadowing wideouts on Saturday in extremely impressive fashion:

He was a beat for a touchdown on Saturday and showed room for improvement, but overall Watkins had a solid day worth taking notice off as the offseason goes forward.

3. The Defense Needs Polishing

It was a day for offense on Saturday, as the majority of Notre Dame defenders pegged to make an impact in 2015 had performances on the spectrum from decent to "meh." If the Irish are to make the leap to elite status in 2015, the defense is going to have to coalesce into better form than both the Gold and Blue sides showed on Saturday.

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