Florida State is still going through the tough process of replacing Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston at the position, but at the end of spring it looked as if Sean Maguire had a strangle hold on the job. However, during the summer former Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson made the decision to transfer to Florida State and immediately compete for the starting job.
Maguire came to Florida State in the same recruiting class as Winston and has spent three years developing his relationships with the other players. Golson has had the very tough task of developing a relationship with the rest of the team in the two short months since he’s been on campus, but from all accounts that hasn’t been an issue at all.
“I think I’ve been received pretty well,” Golson said. “I’m getting to know the guys. It’s been good. Really kind of going through the process and learning the offense. Everything has been smooth.”
Head coach Jimbo Fisher stayed away from trying to force that issue because he wanted it to be authentic.
“I can’t come in and say, he’s here you accept him,” Fisher said. “I could do that but what good would that do. I think that’s where you got to step back and let natural instincts and people’s intuitions and their personalities all intermingle on their own, that takes time. You can’t force that or do that.
It has apparently paid off much quicker that Fisher thought with the team making Golson one of their own.
“It’s happened much quicker that I even thought,” Fisher said. “You don’t ever know. I’ve been around the team now and I deliberately stayed away. I didn’t want to be a part of that situation. Now the way they talk interact, Everett is Everett.”
Running back Mario Pender said that Golson is fitting in very well with the team and that it was like he had at Florida State from the beginning.
“He’s interacted very well with the team,” Pender said. “He’s come in and bonded very well. It’s like he’s been here all along. We really accepted him from day one, and I feel like things are going to get better from him.”
Not only has Golson fit in well with the team he’s already started to take on a leadership role.
“During the summer when it wasn’t mandatory we were doing 7-on-7s and he was calling 7-on-7s himself,” Pender said. “We just started to see the leadership that he had and that played a big part.”
Golson will have a lot of work cut out for him if he’s going to win the starting job, but it doesn’t look like he’s had any trouble winning the first battle by winning over the team.