Everett Demone Golson was born on January 2, 1993. A quarterback for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, he was a first team All-Independent selection at the end of his impressive freshman year in 2012, but missed the entire 2013 season through suspension.
Raised in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Golson attended Myrtle Beach High School during his youth, leading the school's football team to two AAA State Championships. Over the course of his entire high school career, he was credited with 151 touchdown passes, while he also enjoyed State Championship success in basketball. After originally committing to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Golson opted instead to enrol at the University of Notre Dame.
Golson redshirted in 2011, behind starting quarterback Tommy Rees. In 2012, however, he took over as the Fighting Irish's first choice quarterback and led the team to a perfect 12-0 record during the regular season. Throughout the year, he was able to pass for a total of 2,405 yards, throwing 12 touchdown passes, completing 58.8 percent of his passes and finishing with a passing efficiency score of 131.8. Additionally, he was able to register 298 rushing yards and score six rushing touchdowns off of 94 carries.
The season concluded with the BCS National Championship Game, in which Notre Dame took on the Alabama Crimson Tide. Notre Dame went into the game as underdogs and although Golson passed for 270 yards and one touchdown, it was Alabama who emerged victorious. Nevertheless, Golson's freshman season was considered a huge success and he was honored with inclusion in the end-of-year All-Independent first team.
In May 2013, it was announced that Golson had been suspended from the University of Notre Dame for an unspecified violation of the college's academic code. As a result, he was forced to sit out of the 2013 football season. The suspension was later revealed to be the result of Golson committing an act of academic dishonesty by cheating during a test. Just before the end of the year, he was readmitted, allowing him to prepare for the Notre Dame Fighting Irish's 2014 season.
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