Following months of speculation, it appears quarterback Everett Golson is officially on the move. Brett McMurphy of ESPN.com reports (via Twitter) Golson will transfer from Notre Dame in search of a new football home for the 2015 season.
Golson will be eligible to compete right away in 2015 if he moves to another FBS school. As a graduated player, he is not restricted from playing in the fall by the NCAA transfer rules. Golson led the Irish with 3,445 passing yards and 29 touchdowns in 2014 after missing the 2013 season as a result of an academic problem. though his stats look glossy at first glance, Golson proved to be shaky down the stretch of the second half of the season for the Irish and he eventually split playing time as Notre Dame’s quarterback. He can still end his collegiate career on a high note though and should offer a good number of programs in need of a quarterback some versatility. Texas would seem to be an intriguing possibility with Charlie Strong in need of someone to lead his passing game in Austin. As much as it would be fun to smile at the irony of Golson potentially going to Alabama, it looks as though Golson to any SEC school would be a mountain to climb. So forget about Alabama and LSU or any other SEC school in search of a quarterback.
As for Notre Dame, this pretty much brings a close to the quarterback situation in South Bend. With Golson moving elsewhere, the starting job under center is now officially handed to Malik Zaire. Zaire played in seven games for the Fighting Irish last season, throwing for 266 yards and a touchdown. He also rushed for 187 yards and two touchdowns in his time on the field, and many believe he can give some new life to the offense in 2015.