It didn’t take long for Florida State to find its replacement for Jameis Winston.
Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson announced in a statement to FOX Sports’ Bruce Feldman he will transfer to Florida State to finish his college football career.
Golson graduated from Notre Dame on Sunday but still has one year of eligibility remaining after he was suspended in 2013 for academic violations. He chose the Seminoles after also visiting Georgia and Florida last week.
“After much thought and careful consideration, I will utilize my fifth year of eligibility to join the Florida State University Seminoles,” Golson said in a statement to FOX Sports. “To coach Jimbo Fisher, the Florida State football team, staff, alumni and fans, thank you for allowing me to become part of the Seminoles family. I can’t wait to get started.”
Golson showed flashes of brilliance in 2012, when he led Notre Dame to an undefeated regular season and a berth in the BCS national championship game, which the Fighting Irish lost to Alabama. Golson got off to a fast start in 2014, but the wheels soon fell off as Notre Dame lost five of its last seven games and he was benched in favor of Malik Zaire.
The 22-year-old will get a fresh start in Tallahassee, Fla., but he’ll still face competition from redshirt junior Sean Maguire, who led FSU to an overtime win over No. 17 Clemson last season while filling in for Winston.
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