Quarterback Everett Golson will graduate and transfer out of Notre Dame. Fox Sports’ Bruce Feldman reported the story.
Golson explained his decision in a statement to Fox Sports:
“After much thought, prayer and discussion with my family, I have decided that it is in my best interest to graduate from Notre Dame and transfer to another school effectively immediately,” Golson said. “I would like to thank everyone at Notre Dame for the opportunity to compete at the highest level of college football, but most importantly to obtain my degree from one of the finest universities in the country. To all the Fighting Irish fans, I want to thank you for your support over the past four years and let you know I truly love Notre Dame. To my former teammates, who I will miss tremendously, I wish much success in the future and will be your biggest fan from afar.
“I will have no future comment at this time and ask that you respect my time as I figure out this live changing moment. God has a plan for each of us and I ask for your prayers as I move forward in this new journey in my life.”
Golson will be eligible to play immediately upon transferring to a new program. In his first season back from academic suspension this past year, Golson threw for 3,445 yards, 29 touchdowns and 14 interceptions while also accumulating 283 rushing yards and eight rushing touchdowns. In two seasons with the Irish, the 6’1″, 200 pound Golson has 5,850 pass yards, 41 touchdowns and 20 interceptions to go with 581 rushing yards and 14 rushing touchdowns.
His transfer paves the way for sophomore Malik Zaire to assume the starting quarterback duties, assuming freshmen DeShone Kizer and Montgomery VanGorder don’t absolutely star during spring and summer camps.
Notre Dame went 8-5 in 2014, ultimately stunning the LSU Tigers in the Music City Bowl. In five years under head coach Brian Kelly, the team is 45-20 and owns a 3-2 Bowl record, including a loss in the BCS National Championship Game in 2012.
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