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Notre Dame quarterback Everett Golson is reportedly interested in transferring for his final season.
According to NOLA.com, Golson “reached out to LSU” about a potential transfer for after he graduates in May. Golson and the Fighting Irish beat LSU in the Music City Bowl last week, but the redshirt junior largely took a back seat to redshirt freshman Malik Zaire throughout the game.
Since the SEC no longer restricts the addition of graduate transfers, Golson could be immediately eligible to compete for the Tigers in 2015.
Golson led the Fighting Irish to the BCS championship game following the 2012 season, but missed all of the 2013 season due to an academic violation. After sitting out that season, Golson re-enrolled at Notre Dame and started the team’s first 12 games this year and threw for 3,445 yards and 29 touchdowns.
However, Golson struggled mightily with turnovers and Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly opted to start Zaire in the Irish’s bowl game.
Due to the year missed due to his academic issues, LSU would need a waiver to bring Golson in.
LSU is exploring the possibility but would have to obtain a waiver from the conference office since Golson was declared academically ineligible for the 2012 season. The SEC rule allows graduate student transfers without waivers if the student maintained eligibility, had no significant disciplinary issues at the old school and earned all possible APR points. Graduate transfers are required to make progress toward a graduate degree, otherwise the school won't be able to apply the grad-student exception in that athlete's sport for three years.
With the loss to Notre Dame, LSU finished 8-5 on the season. The Tigers had issues all season passing the ball, averaging just 162.9 yards per game – 116th in the country. Sophomore Anthony Jennings received most of the playing time and threw for 1,611 yards, 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Freshman Brandon Harris also saw time and threw for 452 yards, six touchdowns and two interceptions while running for 159 yards and three scores.
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