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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."
Source: ESPN.com
May 27 - 1:32 AM

Florida State will run more in 2015, posits NFL Media, which makes FSU sophomore RB Dalvin Cook a legitimate Heisman candidate.

Cook scampered for 1,008 yards as a true freshman in 2014 even though he mostly functioned as the backup tailback. "He really came on down the stretch, showcasing his big-play ability and breakaway speed," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Mike Huguenin. The site believes Cook has a tremendous chance to break FSU's single-season rushing record of 1,242 yards (Warrick Dunn, 1995) and ranks him as the No. 8 preseason Heisman candidate.
Source: NFL.com
May 26 - 7:49 PM

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.
Source: NFL.com
May 25 - 7:49 PM

NFL Media believes FSU true freshman Jacques Patrick could compete for playing time immediately.

"Dalvin Cook is the unquestioned starter at running back for Florida State after a 1,000-yard season as a freshman last year, but no matter who replaces Jameis Winston at quarterback, the Seminoles will renew their efforts to establish the run in 2015," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Bryan Fischer. "Patrick impressed during spring football, and he should already be the first option off the bench behind Cook when the team opens the season and can provide a nice change of pace." For these reasons, NFL Media ranks Patrick as the No. 5 impact freshmen in the nation.
Source: NFL.com
May 25 - 5:46 PM

NFL Media reports that Florida state true freshman S Derwin James "left a lasting impression on his Seminoles teammates with his physical style and ability to make plays all over the field" during spring practices.

"He might not be the starter at safety, but he'll be a key figure in nickel and dime packages. James looks like the latest defensive back who will make his mark at FSU," wrote College Football 24/7 writer Bryan Fischer. NFL Media ranks James as the No. 8 impact freshmen in the land. The second cousin of former Miami and NFL star running back Edgerrin James was the No. 8 player in the ESPN 300.
Source: NFL.com
May 25 - 4:42 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

FSU redshirt sophomore LB Matthew Thomas will be out for three to four months with a shoulder injury.

The former five-star recruit has missed most of spring football, after he underwent shoulder surgery. The 6-foot-3, 205-pound Thomas had his season ended in 2013, after he suffered a shoulder injury. In 2014, Thomas missed half the season and was suspended for a violation of team rules. When Thomas returned to the lineup he dealt with ankle and shoulder injuries. Before surgery, the Florida State prospect was competing for a starting spot this season.
May 25 - 10:42 AM

FSU sophomore RB Dalvin Cook's "footwork through the hole and balance are pure magic," notes NFL Media.

As a true freshman last year, Cook converted 170 carries into 1,008 yards (5.9-yard average). Now a full-time starter, he's going to obliterate those numbers this year. For a preview of what he can do, check out the Louisville and Miami tapes. NFL Media ranks Cook as the No. 12 offensive player in the entire country.
Source: NFL.com
May 23 - 3:57 PM

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.
Source: NFL.com
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.
Source: ESPN.com
May 19 - 8:59 PM

FSU junior CB Jalen Ramsey "can be a dominant presence anywhere on the field, from the opponent's backfield to defending the deep pass," notes NFL Media.

The website grades Ramsey as the No. 3 defensive player in the land. "With new starters at cornerback in Tallahassee this fall, Ramsey will be counted on for more of a leadership role as well," wrote NFL.com's Chase Goodbread. Ramsey, named a first-team All-American by USA Today last season, had two interceptions, 12 pass breakups, 9.5 tackles for loss and three sacks in 2014.
Source: NFL.com
May 19 - 8:42 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

Former Notre Dame QB Everett Golson is transferring to FSU, according to Bruce Feldman.

It was the expected decision. The entire conversation around Golson since last season has revolved around his number of turnovers in 2014, including 14 interceptions and 8 of 12 fumbles lost. The fact is Golson played very well to open the season, but poor decisions and turnovers, combine with bad luck, produced an underwhelming finish to the year. Yes, we could be called Golson apologists, but talent is there. He is now the most veteran quarterback on FSU's roster and has plenty of experience inside the pocket as well as creating outside of structure. Despite being behind in the playbook, we believe Golson wins FSU's quarterback competition. Keep in mind, FSU is replacing four starters along the offensive line.
May 19 - 1:07 PM


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