Everett Golson, a Florida State University quarterback, is reportedly not going to the Peach Bowl later this month with the rest of his team.
According to FOX Sports, the 22-year-old former Notre Dame quarterback did not make the trip to Atlanta with his fellow FSU Seminoles teammates.
— ESPN (@espn) December 26, 2015
Coach Jimbo Fisher reportedly confirmed the news to the media outlet after the team’s practice session Saturday. Since this was Golson’s final year of eligibility, not attending the Peach Bowl means that he is ending his college football career a little sooner than expected. Why? FOX Sports reports that an inside source claimed Golson was recently “hit hard by the recent death of a family member.”
Even though he was replaced as starting quarterback by Sean Maguire, Everett Golson still managed to have a solid season this year. In addition to completing 67 percent of his passes, he reportedly maintained a 11 TD to three INT ratio for touchdowns to interceptions.
Golson’s introduction into the world of football did not involve wearing a Seminoles jersey. The Myrtle Beach High School star athlete first played for Notre Dame from 2011 to 2012 and again in 2014.
According to ESPN, Golson was suspended by the school in late 2013 due to “poor academic judgment.” In his official statement, Golson took full responsibility for his “poor choices.” He further stated that he would do everything that was asked of him in order to “regain the trust of [his] family, friends, teammates, coaches and the entire Notre Dame community.”
Golson’s return to the Notre Dame roster in the 2014 season was definitely not as triumphant as he may have hoped. Throughout the season, he seemed to struggle with turnovers — an issue that can drastically damage a quarterback’s performance at any level of play.
The Sporting News reported that Golson threw 14 interceptions, four pick-sixes and fumbled the ball eight times during that season alone.
After graduating from Notre Dame back in May, Everett Golson announced that he would transfer to Florida State University to take advantage of his final year of eligibility.
According to SB Nation, coach Jimbo Fisher claimed that he welcomed Everett with open arms after meeting with him.
“After meeting with Everett, I came away very impressed. He is extremely intelligent and a very personable young man. It’s a pleasure for us to add him to our Seminole family. We’ve been one of the most successful programs in the country the last few years, and we look forward to getting him down here this summer to begin work on helping us continue that success.”
In late October, Golson was replaced as the starting quarterback for FSU by Sean Maguire. It was reported that the roster change was made due to Everett suffering from a concussion after the team’s loss to Georgia State earlier the same month, according to Bleacher Report.
Godspeed in the future, Everett Golson. pic.twitter.com/osvj8NXJmF
— Li-On! (@Timinole) December 26, 2015
Hate seeing things like he “was” a Nole. Everett Golson “was” a player for FSU, but he will still ALWAYS be a Nole. #NoleFam
— Singleshot25 (@Singleshot25) December 26, 2015
In Everett Golson’s career at FSU, he spoke to the media one time. Impressive.
— Chris Nee (@CNee247) December 26, 2015
Coach Jimbo Fisher apparently worked hard to protect Everett Golson even before he started playing for the Seminoles. After Golson spoke with the press during the team’s media day back in August, Fisher apparently kept him unavailable for further media opportunities.
According to the Tallahassee Democrat, the Florida State University coach was simply trying to “eliminate the clutter” and “let him do his job.”
“I know you all want to talk to him. It’s not about that. It’s what I think is best for our football team and what’s best for him. It’s not an indictment on him. It’s not an indictment on y’all. It’s not an indictment on anything. I think what’s best.”
Even though Everett Golson will reportedly not play in the Peach Bowl on December 30, his presence on the field will undoubtedly be missed by his teammates, fans, and critics alike.
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