GAMECOCKS, GEORGIA IN THE MIX FOR NOTRE DAME QUARTERBACK …
|| By FITSNEWS || The University of South Carolina football program is one of at least two Southeastern Conference (SEC) schools in the running to land Everett Golson – who is leaving Notre Dame.
The other program reportedly in the mix? Carolina’s SEC East rival Georgia …
Golson is reportedly eyeing these programs because they are closest to his hometown of Myrtle Beach, S.C. Other SEC schools (including Florida) could also be in the hunt.
“I would like to thank everyone at Notre Dame for the opportunity to compete at the highest level of college football but most importantly to obtain my degree from one of the finest universities in the country,” Golson said. “To all the Fighting Irish fans I want to thank you for the support over the past four years and let you know I truly love Notre Dame! To my former teammates, who I will miss tremendously, I wish much success in the future and will be your biggest fan from afar.”
Golson – a 6-foot-1, 200-pound senior – played two seasons with the Fightin’ Irish. He completed 187 out of 318 attempts for 2,405 yards as a true freshman in 2012, throwing for 12 touchdowns and six interceptions as Notre Dame went undefeated during the regular season that year.
After sitting out the 2013 season due to academic issues, Golson completed 256 of 427 passes for 3,445 yards last season – throwing 29 touchdowns versus 14 interceptions. Golson has also rushed for 581 yard and fourteen touchdowns during his two seasons in South Bend.
One problem? Golson has been turnover-prone. In fact he was benched by Notre Dame coach Brian Kelly at the end of the 2014 season due to committing 22 turnovers over the course of the year – the second-highest mark in the NCAA’s FBS division.
Because of his 2013 academic suspension, any SEC program would have to receive a waiver for him to play. Since he has graduated from Notre Dame, though, Golson would not have to sit out a year if such a waiver were granted … meaning he could play immediately.
South Carolina enters the 2015 season without a game-tested quarterback. Redshirt sophomore Connor Mitch is the frontrunner at the quarterback position coming out of spring practice … although he’s thrown a total of six collegiate passes (going 2 for 4 for 19 yards against Furman and 0 for 2 against South Alabama last year). In fact returning All-SEC wide receiver Pharoh Cooper has more collegiate passing yards and touchdown strikes than the Gamecocks’ three-deep quarterback depth chart.
Gamecock head coach Steve Spurrier has indicated incoming true freshman Lorenzo Nunez of Kennesaw, Georgia would compete for the starting job when he arrives on campus this summer.
In Athens, junior Faton Bauta, sophomore Brice Ramsey and freshman Jacob Park are all vying for the starting quarterback job under new coordinator Brian Schottenheimer.