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Everett Golson | Quarterback

Team: Florida State Seminoles
Age / DOB:  (22) / 1/2/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 200

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FSU junior cornerback Jalen Ramsey said Everett Golson's transition to the team has been "perfect."
"He wants to be at Florida State [and] has the same goals we do," Ramsey said. "… We welcomed him with open arms. Right when he stepped foot on our campus, he was a part of our family. It wasn’t anything out of the ordinary to make him feel comfortable." Golson currently sits No. 3 QB on the depth chart behind Sean Maguire and J.J. Cosentino. We read nothing into that. FSU HC Jimbo Fisher has praised Maguire this offseason in the over-the-top manner of a man friends suspect would upgrade on his current girlfriend if a better option presented itself. Fisher recently said he is "100 percent" sold Maguire, as if responding to Maguire after he discovered texts to Golson on the coach's cell phone. As for the competition? "I’m not going to make that decision. They are by their performance," Fisher said. "It will all sort itself out." Jul 23 - 7:41 PM

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FSU lists Everett Golson a the No. 3 QB on the school's updated depth chart.

The No. 1 listed quarterback is Sean Maguire and No. 2 is J.J. Cosentino. Fourth is freshman Deondre Francois, who some believe is in competition for the starting gig. The theme here: if you have experience in the program, Jimbo Fisher lists you higher up on the preseason depth chart. We expect Golson to pass Maguire prior to the season or during the early stages of it.
Jul 20 - 9:22 AM

FSU head coach Jimbo Fisher said graduate transfer QB Everett Golson's fit with the offense is not an issue.

"Everett can be an [NFL-style offense] guy and do spread stuff or I wouldn’t have taken him," Fisher said. "I called the game different for Christian Ponder and Jameis Winston." Many have worried about Golson's fit, stating Fisher's offense is complex and Golson won't have time to acclimate prior to the season. We aren't as worried, as Fisher is an outstanding coach who understands when to simplify (even when orchestrating big plays). One note: Fisher says he is happy with Sean Maguire, so Golson won't be given the starting gig.
Jul 12 - 12:26 PM

Of Florida State graduate QB Everett Golson, Sports on Earth's Matt Brown ominously writes: "The inability to take care of the ball is a killer."

"Golson wasn't the most bizarre first-half Heisman candidate last season -- hello, Kenny Hill -- but it does seem crazy in retrospect," Brown wrote. "When he's good, he can look really good: He can move in the pocket, he can go through his progressions and he's accurate." Through September of last year, Golson averaged 8.5 yards per attempt with an 11/2 TD/INT rate and a 69.6 percent completion rate. All those numbers dropped significantly in the second half, and he ended up committing 22 total turnovers (14 picks, eight fumbles). The analyst pegs Golson as the No. 25 signal-caller in the land.
Jul 9 - 5:14 PM

Florida State graduate QB Everett Golson "lacks ideal height, but he has a live arm with the velocity to make NFL throws with excellent wrist snap to fire off lasers without setting his base," observes CBS Sports' Dane Brugler.

The 6-foot, 201-pound Golson has shown flashes over his career, unfortunately he has been inconsistent and hasn't been able to put it all together. Golson was benched for Malik Zaire as he recorded 14 interceptions and 12 fumbles last season. Golson accounted for 3,728 total yards and 37 touchdowns for the Irish. Brugler believes that if Golson is "able to improve his consistency as a senior," he "shouldn't be eliminated as a possible draft pick next spring."
Source: CBS Sports
Jun 9 - 3:58 PM

Florida State graduate QB Everett Golson "will likely need to lead Florida State to a division title" to have a shot to earn the conference's offensive POY award, surmises ESPN's Jared Sanker.

"Technically the graduate transfer is still competing for the starting job, but he will be given ample opportunity to take the offense's reins," Sanker wrote. "No offensive player in the conference will have his OPOY chances tied more to team success than Golson, though." The 6-foot, 201-pounder is battling redshirt junior Sean Maguire for the starting job. Some -- like us and Sanker -- have Golson as the heavy favorite to win that job. Others -- like ESPN's Travis Haney -- think Maguire has a better shot to earn the gig.
May 29 - 8:06 PM

Florida State graduate QB Everett Golson noted that he "just needed a fresh start," and had to put himself "in the best position possible."

"I'm out here with my guy (Carlisle) right now," Golson told Fox Sports. "I'm still wearing Notre Dame stuff. It's something that's pretty crazy right now for me to adjust to, but I do think it was best for me. I just needed a fresh start. It was me sitting down and thinking, 'OK, where do I feel the most comfortable?' It was nothing to knock Notre Dame. I just had to put myself in the best position possible." The 6-foot, 201-pounder will have to compete for the starting job and has not been promised anything by FSU HC Fisher. Golson will have to beat out redshirt junior Sean Maguire, who currently sits atop of the depth chart as FSU's No. 1 quarterback.
Source: Fox Sports
May 29 - 4:02 PM

Everett Golson is looking forward to playing "free" again with FSU in 2015.

"At the beginning of the season, I was playing free. I was having fun," Golson said of his 2014 season at Notre Dame. "Closer to the end of the season, it kinda came to feel like a burden." Golson started the season playing at a high level, especially against FSU in a narrow loss. But turnovers began to pile up and Golson was eventually replaced by Malik Zaire. We like Golson's fit in Jimbo Fisher's offense.
Source: Fox Sports
May 28 - 11:10 AM

ESPN's Travis Haney wrote that Florida State graduate QB Everett Golson is a terrible Heisman bet and predicts Sean Maguire will win the starting gig.

Golson is a 14-1 shot to win the hardware. Haney thinks that's way too high. "He was going to lose his starting job at Notre Dame to Malik Zaire before bolting," he wrote. "We’re supposed to believe he’s going to transfer to FSU and instantly become a superstar? It’s a stretch, at best." Even if it wasn't, according to the scribe, there are numerous other factors playing against Golson's candidacy. "The FSU QB will be surrounded mostly by youth and inexperience at the skill positions and on the offensive line," Haney wrote. "There’s no good reason to expect an FSU QB, Golson or Maguire, to win a Heisman Trophy. If someone forced me to bet one of the two, I’d take Maguire. He’s the likely starter."
May 27 - 1:32 AM

NFL Media ranks Florida State graduate QB Everett Golson as the best transfer player in the nation.

Golson, of course, has been brought in to replace Jameis Winston. "While Golson played in a spread attack at Notre Dame, he should adapt easily to FSU's pro-style attack," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. "Golson is mobile, but his arm (and not his legs) is his biggest strength, which isn't always the case with spread quarterbacks. He does have a propensity for turnovers (14 picks last season) and needs to stay calm in the pocket." Golson actually threw for four more scores than Winston last year (29 to 25). He will have a better supporting cast with the Seminoles than he did with the Irish.
May 25 - 7:49 PM

Florida State graduate QB Everett Golson's turnover issues were a "lethal combination of carelessness and bad luck," according to CSN Chicago Notre Dame insider JJ Stankevitz.

"Golson's turnover issues were a lethal combination of carelessness and bad luck. I wrote about it earlier this month on CSN, but to sum it up: Had Golson had neutral luck, he would've thrown about five fewer interceptions and had two fewer lost fumbles. But looking back, the carelessness began in Notre Dame's 4th game -- an easy win over Syracuse -- in which he had four turnovers," Stankevitz told the Orlando Sentinel. The former Notre Dame signal caller was a turnover machine in 2014, as he threw 14 interceptions and lost 8 of 12 fumbles, which eventually lead to him losing the starting job to QB Malik Zaire.
May 25 - 11:03 AM

NFL Media notes that Florida State graduate QB Everett Golson badly needs a big bounceback season to stabilize his NFL stock.

Some were talking about Golson as a potential early-round pick early last season, but his prospects crumbled at an interesting time: After nearly completing a stunning upset of Florida State, for whom he now plays. "He wasn't promised the starting job in Tallahassee, but it will be fascinating to see if Golson can regain the form he flashed in 2012, while leading the Irish to the national title game, and at times during last season," noted NFL Media. Golson is competing with redshirt junior Sean Maguire for the starting gig.
May 21 - 7:19 PM

Walter Football grades Florida State graduate QB Everett Golson as a late-round-to-undrafted prospect.

Golson, who transferred south on Tuesday, completed 60 percent of his passes for 3,445 yards with a 29/14 TD/INT rate last season. You'll recall that he also led Notre Dame to the National Championship Game in 2012. Golson will compete with redshirt junior Sean Maguire for the starting gig this summer.
May 19 - 10:18 PM

Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher said graduate QB Everett Golson will not be handed the starting job over redshirt junior Sean Maguire.

The 6-foot-3, 224-pound Maguire has spent the past few seasons backing up Jameis Winston. Golson, on the other hand, has 23 starts at Notre Dame under his belt. It was Golson, Seminoles fans haven't forgotten, who nearly completed a stunning upset of FSU in Doak Campbell Stadium last fall (Irish fans, and perhaps Golson himself, still swear Notre Dame won that game). Maguire and Golson will have a fair competition for the starting job. We expect Golson to win.
May 19 - 8:59 PM

Florida State "provides an excellent opportunity" for graduate QB Everett Golson to "get back on track and improve his draft stock," wrote ESPN's Steve Muensch.

There's plenty of work to be done, as Muench passed along that colleague Kevin Weidl gave Golson a mid-to-late Day 3 range before his season imploded in November (at which point he wasn't draftable). The 6-foot tall Golson must get better at finding throwing windows (balls are frequently tipped at the line), taking care of the ball (his 22 giveaways led Power 5 conferences), improve his footwork and be more patient with his progressions. Golson has a big arm, however, and shows tremendous potential when he sets his feet. Next season, he'll face a typically soft FSU schedule and will enjoy an outstanding supporting cast led by Dalvin Cook, Travis Rudolph, Jesus Wilson, Kermit Whitfield, Ermon Lane and George Campbell. "If he can improve at winning from the pocket by going through his progressions and throwing with proper mechanics, he could once again emerge as a potential NFL prospect at QB," Muench wrote.
May 19 - 7:27 PM