Golson will be eligible to play at a new school this fall.
Quarterback Everett Golson has announced his decision to transfer from Notre Dame and will be eligible to play immediately for another team as a graduated senior this fall, according to FOX Sports.
How does Washington fit in to the picture for Golson? Or perhaps a better question: Does UW fit in at all?
On the surface, it seems like the Huskies could be a viable option for Golson’s services. UW didn’t have a proven quarterback on its roster this spring. Incumbent starter Cyler Miles remains on personal leave and his future with the program is uncertain. Junior Jeff Lindquist had a productive spring but has only one career start on his resume. Redshirt freshman K.J. Carta-Samuels and true freshman Jake Browning have promising futures, but are they ready to contribute this fall?
On the surface, Golson would appear to be an upgrade at the position, and perhaps a dramatic one. If he’s looking for a guaranteed starting opportunity, he might find that in Seattle.
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Golson, listed at 6-feet, 200 pounds, led Notre Dame to the national championship game after the 2012 season, and in two seasons he threw for 5,850 yards with 41 touchdowns and 20 interceptions and rushed for 14 more touchdowns. He was suspended for the 2013 season for violating Notre Dame’s academic honor code.
Alabama, LSU, Florida State, Texas, Georgia, Oregon State have also been mentioned as potential landing spots for Golson. ESPN reported in January that about two dozens schools has expressed interested in Golson.
There is, of course, the other side of this: Would UW be interested in Golson? Recall that the Huskies did not contact Vernon Adams Jr. before the Eastern Washington quarterback decided to transfer to Oregon for his senior season. In what looks like a rebuilding year for the Huskies — with a rebuilt offensive line and an entirely new defensive line, among other holes — perhaps UW coaches feel they’re better served getting one of the young quarterback some experience and building for the future?
After UW’s spring finale last month, UW coach Chris Petersen was asked about an ESPN report regarding Utah State QB Darell Garretson, who was denied (by Utah State) a chance to transfer to UW. Petersen denied the report (though, it’s unclear if Garretson had gotten to the point of even asking UW if it was interested in him).
Petersen was also asked if UW was still open to a transfer at quarterback. He said, “I’d never comment on any of that stuff. … But we’re always looking at our roster all the time. That’s all we do is recruit.”