Everett Golson chose to transfer from the Notre Dame Fighting Irish for the 2015 college football season rather than competing with Malik Zaire for the starting job. It was a good choice for Golson, especially since he ended up landing with the Florida State Seminoles.
There are high expectations for the graduate transfer with the Seminoles and he has big shoes to fill by following Jameis Winston as their quarterback.
Now the big question becomes, can Golson lead the Seminoles to the 2015 College Football Playoff?
Last season with Notre Dame, Golson threw for 3,445 yards, 29 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He was an excellent playmaker for the Irish, although there are some turnover issues that he needs to iron out. Perhaps a change of scenery will help him take his game to the next level, and he certainly is hoping to make a major impact for the Seminoles.
There are going to be some major changes for the Florida State offense with the huge differences between Winston and Golson’s games. Jimbo Fisher has his work cut out for him, but the pure talent that Golson brings to the field will help him figure out ways to change the offense to put his new quarterback in the best position for him to succeed.
Outside of Winston, the Seminoles have built a very impressive football team. They aren’t expected to be quite as good as they were last season, but they did only lose one game in 2014. Players will be asked to step up — which is part of the game of football and would have had to happen even if Winston was around for another year.
Even though there are still some parts of Golson’s game that must be improved, he is still more than capable of being the type of playmaker that gets the Seminoles back to the playoffs this season.
Anytime that a football team has an excellent head coach like Fisher to lead the way, they are capable of making a big season happen. Golson isn’t too much worse than Winston from a playmaking standpoint, although his arm is definitely a bit of a step back.
At 6-foot and 200 pounds, Golson is a dynamic dual-threat quarterback that is capable of putting major pressure on opposing defenses. That is going to be a very important aspect for their offense this season.
Florida State is certainly the type of team that could make a run at the College Football Playoff this season and Golson is going to set out to prove that he can lead the way.
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