(SportsNetwork.com) - Quarterback Everett Golson says he's transferring from Notre Dame to play his final season at another school.

Golson told FoxSports.com in a statement that he made the decision "after much thought, prayer and discussion with my family."

Golson will graduate from Notre Dame this semester and will not have to sit out a year to play at another school.

He played two seasons at Notre Dame, 2012 and 2014, and passed for 5,850 yards and 41 touchdowns with 20 interceptions. He rushed 208 times for 581 yards and 14 scores.

Golson, 22, led the Irish to an undefeated 2012 regular season and a berth in the BCS National Championship game against Alabama as a redshirt freshman, but was suspended for the entire 2013 season over an academic issue.

Though the university never said why he was suspended, Golson implied during an interview with Sports Illustrated it was because he "had poor judgement on a test."

Asked if he cheated, Golson replied: "Something like that."

He was named the starter again by coach Brian Kelly before the season opener last August. But Malik Zaire, a redshirt freshman, started the Music City Bowl on Dec. 30, splitting time with Golson in a 31-28 win over LSU.