Florida State has a new starting quarterback in Tallahassee. According to ESPN, Jimbo Fisher named Everett Golson to be the next starting quarterback of the Seminoles on Monday.
Jimbo Fisher spoke with the media and explained why he decided to go with Golson as their quarterback.
“Where we’re at right now and the things he did, it’s what’s best for our team at this particular time,” Fisher said after practice Monday. “It was a tougher decision because of how well they were playing and not because of what they weren’t doing. I’m very pleased with his progress and where he’s at. He’s got a good grasp of things, making reads, making plays, getting on the edge with his legs when he has to. He’s doing everything we need to do.”
This past May, Golson made the decision to transfer to Florida State after graduating from Notre Dame to give himself an extra year of eligibility. This is common with quarterbacks in college football. Russell Wilson did the same after going from NC State to Wisconsin and current Oregon QB Vernon Adams transferred from Eastern Washington.
Everett Golson started 23 games for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish in 2012 and 2014. In 2012, he was instrumental in helping lead the Irish to a 12-1 record and a National Title game appearance against Alabama. The year after didn’t go so well for Golson, he was forced to sit out the entire 2013 season due to cheating on a test.
His return to the field in 2014 wasn’t great either. The team went 8-5, and while he threw for 3,445 yards with 29 TDs and 14 INTs, he had trouble holding on to the football with 8 lost fumbles.
Everett Golson won the starting job over Sean McGuire, the junior who spelled Jameis Winston during his one game suspension when Florida State beat Clemson.
The biggest reason for Golson winning the job has to be ability to make plays with his legs. Anytime the play breaks down, it’ll be Golson who has the opportunity to improvise. The Myrtle Beach native will be the next quarterback to replace Jameis Winston, so Golson clearly has some big shoes to fill.
If the Florida State coaching staff can help improve Golson’s footwork, ability to throw from the pocket, and his decision making, then the Seminoles can certainly compete for a Playoff spot. Jimbo Fisher and his staff have managed to bring in a top 10 recruiting class in each of the last seven seasons and are on pace for another one.
Florida State will be in good shape this season if Everett Golson hits his stride early on and their defense plays up their full potential.