Florida State quarterback Everett Golson is unexpectedly on the shelf, as the senior signal-caller is dealing with a concussion.
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Golson Out Saturday vs. Syracuse Due to Concussion
Saturday, Oct. 31
According to Florida State football's official Twitter account, Sean Maguire will start over Golson on Saturday against Syracuse, because Golson is suffering from a concussion.
It is unclear when Golson picked up the injury, but he was not listed on FSU's injury report, per Bud Elliott of Tomahawk Nation.
Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher did, however, say that Golson got "banged up" in last week's loss to Georgia Tech, according to ESPN.com's Jared Shanker.
Golson is in his first and only year at Florida State after transferring from Notre Dame. Mired in academic problems for a good deal of his career in South Bend, he left the Irish after losing his starting job to Malik Zaire toward the end of 2014. Golson threw for 3,445 yards 29 touchdowns against 14 interceptions but struggled in high-profile games and did not bring quite the same level of dynamism.
He competed with Maguire during offseason practices to replace Jameis Winston, who went No. 1 overall in the 2015 draft after a highly successful (and controversial) career under center. Golson was eventually named starter after winning the position battle in camp and has largely been solid in that role. Golson enters Saturday having thrown for 1,659 yards and 11 touchdowns with just one interception in 2015.
“Himself,” Fisher said of who deserves credit for Golson's improvement, per Bob Ferrante of the Palm Beach Post. “At the end of the day, it’s about the players knowing it. Who cares who gets the credit? It’s about the kid. It’s not about us. It’s about the player and him becoming what he can become. I don’t think that’s very important.”
With Golson now out, Maguire will get his time to shine, and he'll certainly have to, as Florida State will also be without star running back Dalvin Cook on Saturday, according to Shanker. The junior quarterback has some starting experience, as he won his only start last year against Clemson.
The Seminoles have enough talent to defeat a Syracuse team that has dealt with injury issues in its own right at the quarterback position, but with a huge ACC clash against Clemson looming next week, the Seminoles need to be close to full health in order to have a chance.
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