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After downward trend to end 2014, Golson heads to FSU

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Quarterback Everett Golson said Tuesday he is transferring from Notre Dame to Florida State. Golson has one year of eligibility remaining and will be eligible to play immediately as a graduate transfer.

ESPN Stats & Information looks at the top stats to know about Golson.

Stellar start, struggling finish at Notre Dame

In his first two seasons as the Fighting Irish’s starter, Golson was 17-6, including a 10-1 mark in 2012 as a redshirt freshman. The one loss came in the BCS National Championship Game.

After the loss to Alabama in the BCS title game, Golson was suspended for the 2013 season. He picked up where he left off in the first three games of 2014, but struggled with turnovers in his last 10 games.

Former Florida State QB Jameis Winston was drafted No. 1 overall by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last month, and Golson lost his starting job at Notre Dame, but their numbers weren't all that different last year.

Golson threw touchdowns at a higher rate (on 6.8 percent of his passes to Winston’s 5.4 percent). Golson’s interception rate was 3.3 percent, and Winston – who drew criticism heading to the draft for his interceptions – threw an interception on 3.9 percent of his passes. Golson’s Total QBR last season was 71, and Winston’s was 76.

Golson will not have a lot of returning talent to work with at Florida State. The Seminoles return an ACC-low four starters on offense after they became the first team in the common draft era to have a player selected at every offensive position (quarterback, wide receiver, running back, tight end, tackle, guard and center) in one draft.

Winston was the third consecutive Florida State starting quarterback to be a first-round pick in the NFL draft. Preceding him were EJ Manuel and Christian Ponder.

All 22 of Golson’s turnovers in 2014 came in Notre Dame’s final 10 games. The 22 turnovers were second-most among FBS players and most among Power 5 players. Winston, coincidentally, was third among Power 5 players with 20 turnovers last year. (Second was Penn State’s Christian Hackenberg with 21.)

Next up at Notre Dame

With Golson transferring, Malik Zaire will probably be Notre Dame's starting quarterback. The Irish had a higher touchdown rate, a lower turnover percentage and averaged more yards per play with Zaire at quarterback than with Golson last season.

Golson reportedly also considered Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and UCLA. A transfer to an SEC school would have required a waiver approved by SEC commissioner Mike Slive, because Golson doesn't meet all the requirements of incoming SEC transfer student-athletes.

Recent graduate transfer quarterbacks have had mixed reviews. Whereas Russell Wilson transferred from North Carolina State to Wisconsin in 2011 and helped lead the Badgers to a second consecutive Rose Bowl berth in his lone season in Madison, Jeremiah Masoli (who after being dismissed from Oregon after legal issues in 2010 landed at Ole Miss) had 16 turnovers for a Mississippi team that went 4-8.

And when Jacob Coker transferred from Florida State to Alabama before the 2014 season, the common belief was that he would be the Crimson Tide's starting quarterback. He was beaten out by converted running back Blake Sims, though, and is competing for the job again this year.