Report: Former Notre Dame QB Everett Golson Considering Transfer to UGA


Everett Golson, the former Notre Dame starting quarterback, has announced his plans to transfer, and Georgia is one of the two schools on his list.

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According to a report from 247 Sports, Golson has named Georgia and South Carolina as the two schools to which he would most likely transfer, citing that he would like to play his final year of eligibility as close to his home in Myrtle Beach, S.C. as possible.

Golson would be immediately eligible to play this year, as he is considered a graduate. He was suspended for the 2013 season for what was called “poor academic judgement”, and for this reason a waiver would still have to be obtained from the NCAA.

Both the Bulldogs and Gamecocks would be able to make use of Golson’s arm and experience, but in Athens it could make what is a very muddy quarterback battle even more unclear. With Brice Ramsey, Faton Bauta, and Jacob Park all locking horns already, adding Golson to the mix could force one of them to transfer as well.

Bauta (who has been pushing expected starter Ramsey) has already completed his undergraduate degree, so if he were to transfer, like Golson he’d be eligible to play immediately.

Golson’s on-field play has been mixed, with pockets of incredible success as well as some middling to even poor play. In 2012, as a redshirt freshman, Golson started 11 games, throwing for 2405 yards, 12 touchdowns and six interceptions at a 58.8 completion percentage. Coming back from suspension last year he topped those numbers (3.445 yards, 29 TD, 14 INT, 60.0 PCT), but seemed to fold under pressure in some bigger games.

Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly opted to go with Malik Zaire as his starter in last year’s Music City Bowl due to Golson’s continued turnover problems.

With experience in a pro-style offense, and the ability to run when needed, it would be interesting to see how Golson would fit with Georgia’s offense. Notre Dame had no run game to speak of in 2014, finishing 70th in the nation at 159 yards per game, and the pressure to put the team on his shoulders may have been the cause of his problems.

With only a single year of eligibility left, it would seem likely Golson would want to transfer to the program giving him not only an opportunity to start, but also to contend for a championship. That would logically look to be in Georgia’s favor.

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