The eyes look the same. The moutn is familiar. There is something about the way he grins.
But to a Notre Dame fan, is this really Everett Golson?
So far, Golson has been more than a transfer quarterback for FSU, he’s been a transformed quarterback. No, you can’t judge him just by wins – Golson won at Notre Dame, too, including reaching a National Championship game.
But so far, Golson has figured out a way to protect the football in a manner he never did with the Irish. Last year with Notre Dame, Golson had 22 turnovers, 14 interceptions and eight fumbles. Four of his interceptions were returned for touchdowns.
Now look at this year, when Golson has … none. Nada. Zip. Zilch.
So far this season, Golson has thrown 177 passes. No interceptions. He’s carried it or been sacked 36 times. No fumbles.
For FSU, the precision has been valuable. There have been games when the Seminoles have turned it over to defense and field position. The lack of turnovers has helped. Now consider that Golson seems to be finding his groove. The last two games, he has averaged 331 yards per game.
Saturday, against Georgia Tech, Golson’s ball protection might come into play again.