A day after Golson announced he will transfer to another team for his final season, sources were reporting that Golson’s travel plans for early next week included South Carolina and Georgia. But, so far, no LSU.
For all of Golson’s maddening turnovers and befuddling inconsistency, he would be an upgrade at quarterback for dozens of FBS teams.
There are plenty of prominent teams, especially in the Southeastern Conference, that are heading toward preseason practice with no clear starter, though the SEC is no lock to accommodate Golson. The league has a rule prohibiting schools from accepting graduate transfers who have been disciplined by their previous schools. Golson was suspended for academics by Notre Dame in 2013. An SEC school could apply for a waiver to have Golson’s transfer accepted.
Probably smart to eliminate any team that plays Notre Dame — Texas comes to mind — because Notre Dame would likely look to block a move like that. And would Golson really want to deal with playing the Fighting Irish?
Another thing to consider when looking at possible destinations is whether a team’s quarterback competition was seemingly settled in the spring. A coach might be leery to pull the job from a player to whom he has already made a commitment
All that said, here are some possible destinations for Golson.
The rumors about Golson transferring to Baton Rouge started months ago. The Tigers are facing another season of two quarterbacks, but no good solutions. Neither Anthony Jennings nor Brandon Harris seized the job in spring. Improved quarterback play could be the difference between playoff contention and second-tier of the SEC West for a Tigers’ team with plenty of talent elsewhere.
Maybe the most obvious spot for Golson, who went high school in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Coach Steve Spurrier has no answers right now at quarterback after a three-man competition in the spring produced this reaction from the Ball Coach: “We’re still trying to see if one guy is better than the rest.” The downside for Golson: the Gamecocks are probably not a good quarterback away from competing for an SEC title.
Feel free to throw Florida, Georgia and Mississippi on this list, too. Heck, maybe even Alabama, which is still waiting for Florida State transfer Jake Coker to blossom.
Speaking of Florida State, coach Jimbo Fisher seems to be comfortable with Sean Maguire as his guy going into next season.
Pro: Blue Devils coach David Cutcliffe knows how to develop quarterbacks. Con: Duke lost some significant contributors on offense, which doesn’t necessarily make it the ideal spot for a quarterback looking for one last big season to beef up his NFL resume.
Corvallis is a long way from home, but new coach Gary Andersen could use an experienced quarterback to run his spread-based system.
No connection here, either, but Chris Petersen has a gaping hole at quarterback after Cyler Miles, last year’s starter, took what the school called a voluntary leave of absence and is not expected to play this season.
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