After an excellent performance against Texas State in Florida State's opening game quarterback Everett Golson took a big step back against South Florida and Boston College. Golson went just 29-50 for 282 yards and 2 touchdowns over those two games, and many were questioning if he was the right quarterback for the offense.
The bye week then came at the perfect time for the Seminoles. It allowed head coach Jimbo Fisher to work more with him, and Golson was able to translate that to the field against Wake Forest on Saturday.
"He played better," Fisher said. "Controlled the game a lot better."
Golson's numbers weren't gaudy (20-31 for 202 yards and 1 TD), but they were efficient enough that Fisher saw improvement. Golson did a much better job of making the right reads and getting through his progressions than the two games prior.
Part of the issues for Golson is that he hasn't been able to get into a rhythm early, and he hasn't had much help from his receivers in that regard. Bobo Wilson and Travis Rudolph, the starting wide receivers, have dropped numerous balls that would have helped get Golson get going early. That happened again against Wake Forest, but this time Golson was able to overcome that issue and maintained composure.
Coach Fisher acknowledged that Golson isn't where he needs to be, but he was very encouraged by what he saw on Saturday.
"I thought he took a couple nice steps forward," Fisher said. "Some things we have to continue to keep getting better at, but we'll continue to keep coaching in that regard. A missed declaration up front, one more drop, there's your other three series."
Golson took more shots down field against Wake than he did against either Boston College or South Florida. Fisher is seeing Golson become more confident in what he's doing with the offense, while also being able to avoid mistakes.
"Of course, there's been two or three, no doubt," Fisher said. "But that just goes with confidence and you get used to what you're doing. Or sometimes go to the wrong plays and get it deflected. He's been pretty sharp with the ball and taking care of it very well."
Golson will need to continue to progress as the rough stretch of the season looms ahead. The Seminoles take on Miami on Saturday and Golson will be one of the keys to Florida State keeping their winning streak against the Hurricanes alive.