Former Notre Dame QB Everett Golson Officially Transferring To FSU
Everett Golson has had an interesting couple of years. After leading the Fighting Irish to the BCS championship in 2012, he had to sit out the 2013 season due to academic violations – he later admitted that he cheated on a test.
However, he was reinstated in December 2013 and was able to rejoin the team the following season. And 2014 was awfully bumpy for the star QB, with the year being equivalent to a rollercoaster ride. Despite starting the season 6-0, Notre Dame finished the year 8-5, including a horrendous November where they went 1-4.
And a lot of the blame was levied at Golson’s poor ball security. He had 26 total turnovers, with 22 of those coming in the final nine games of the season. This resulted in him sharing time with teammate Malik Zaire during the Fighting Irish’s bowl win over LSU.
As a result of that and sharing snaps during spring ball, he decided to transfer out of Notre Dame, effectively playing his fifth and final year of eligibility at another school. He graduated from Notre Dame, so he will not have to sit a year.
And today, he officially announced that he will be transferring to FSU, becoming the prime candidate to replace Jameis Winston. He will be competing for the job with Sean Maguire – Winston’s back up, who started one game against Clemson, going 21 for 39 with 304 yards, one touchdown and two picks.
“After much thought and careful consideration, I will utilize my fifth year of eligibility to join the Florida State University Seminoles,” Golson said in a press release. “To Coach Jimbo Fisher, the Florida State football team, staff, alumni and fans, thank you for allowing me to become part of the Seminoles family.”
As for his potential to start, Fisher squashed the notion that Golson is guaranteed the position. “We never tell a guy he’ll be the starter,” Fisher said. “It’s a competition no matter what. Let him earn his way through it.”
He finishes his Notre Dame career with a 17-6 record, 5,850 yards, 59.5 completion percentage, 55 total touchdowns and 20 interceptions in just two seasons as a starter.