Ex-Irish QB named Everett Golson named starter at Florida State

Florida State quarterback Everett Golson talks during media day in Tallahassee, Fla.

Florida State quarterback Everett Golson talks during media day in Tallahassee, Fla.

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Chicago Tribune

Everett Golson hit the reset button on his college career when he transferred from Notre Dame to Florida State.

Now the Seminoles will hit the start button on Golson, who was named the first-string quarterback by coach Jimbo Fisher on Monday.

Less than a year after going 31-for-52 for 313 yards, three touchdowns and two interceptions during a 31-27 loss to Florida State, Golson will takes over the starting job after the departure of Jameis Winston, the No. 1 overall pick in this year’s NFL draft.

Golson was selected by Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher over Sean Maguire.


“Both guys had tremendous camps,” Fisher told reporters Monday. “We felt very comfortable with both guys.”

Golson started 23 of the 24 games in which he appeared for Notre Dame. He missed the 2013 season for academic reasons. He threw for 5,850 yards and 41 touchdowns while with the Irish, and ran for 581 more and 14 scores. He had 14 interceptions and eight fumbles last season.

He didn’t start the Irish’s 31-28 victory against LSU in the Music City Bowl, with Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly opting instead for Malik Zaire. Golson was 6-for-11 for 90 yards in that game. The graduate student transferred from Notre Dame in May.

“I’m 22 now. I’m no young kid just trying to fit in,” Golson told the Orlando Sentinel earlier in camp. “It’s about me trying to come in, understanding, take what I’ve learned throughout my college career and really better this team.”

Florida State opens the 2015 season Saturday against Texas State. Notre Dame opens the same day against Texas.