Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly walked up from behind and surprised Everett Golson after the team’s first practice of preseason camp.

“You’ve got more reporters than I did,” Kelly joked Monday. “Unbelievable. Oh, you must be the quarterback.”

Golson is vying to be the quarterback for the Irish. Right now, he’s officially in a battle for the starting spot with Malik Zaire.

Golson started for Notre Dame in 2012. But he isn’t disheartened with the current arrangement. He’s approaching it as a challenge.

“Not disappointed at all. The competition is going to enhance your playing. It raises the stakes a little bit,” Golson said. “You can’t come out and be comfortable one day. You have to push and keep pushing. This is only going to allow for the both of us to get better.”

Whether he was firing a short pass to running back Tarean Folston or floating a fade to wide receiver Torii Hunter, Jr., Golson looked sharp during the drills while working with the first-team unit throughout day one at Culver Academies.

“I was glad to get back out here with all my guys,” Golson said. “I just really wanted to try to push the pace a little bit. For me, I think I had an OK day. Not so good, not so bad. That’s day one. Day one is in the books.”