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One of Everett Golson’s strongest traits? A lack of turnovers

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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.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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