Golson gets green light to start for No. 10 Seminoles

golson-greenMyrtle Beach High graduate Everett Golson, a senior transfer from Notre Dame, has been named the starting quarterback for Florida State in Saturday’s season opener against Texas State.

Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher chose Golson over junior Sean Maguire, whose lone career start came in a win over Clemson last year. Meanwhile, Golson has 25 starts under his belt, including the 2012 BCS National Championship game, which the Irish lost to Alabama. Golson threw for 3,445 yards and 29 touchdowns last season at Notre Dame. He graduated in May and transferred to Florida State shortly after.

“From coaching him, I’ve been very pleased,” Fisher said. “He’s done a great job responding to how we do things, the way we do things. I‘m happy with where he’s at right now.”

Fisher insisted throughout fall camp that the race had been close, and he reiterated that point on Monday. Golson is a natural athlete, but had ground to make up when it came to learning FSU’s playbook and terminology. Fisher’s offense is notoriously demanding on quarterbacks, and Maguire had a three-year head start. But Golson made steady strides over the past few weeks of practice, and, as he became more comfortable with his new playbook and new teammates, began to play faster and more instinctively.

“He’s just become more consistent,” Fisher said. “The more times you do it, the more times you see it, the better you get at it. And he’s doing that.”

Golson nearly beat the Seminoles last year. He completed 31 of 52 passes for 313 yards and three touchdowns in a 31-27 loss to the second-ranked Seminoles. Now he will be on the other side of the ball for No. 10 FSU and will try to become the first QB to lead two different teams to national championship games.

Photo courtesy of FSU Athletics

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