Christmas has come early for the Clemson Tigers. On Friday night, Florida State has announced that quarterback, Jameis Winston will not play at all in Saturday’s game against the Tigers. It was originally announced earlier in the week that Winston would not play for the first half, but that suspension has been extended to the entire 48 minutes of play. The punishment was dealt after Winston was reprimanded for yelling an obscene gesture in the school cafeteria this week.
Athletics director Stan Wilcox and interim President Dr. Garnett Stokes issued a joint statement to the Florida State community regarding the decision.
“Based upon the results of the continuing investigation of Tuesday’s incident involving Jameis Winston, we have decided to not play him for the entire game against Clemson on Saturday night,” the statement read.
Florida State was heavily favored to win in Saturday’s game, despite the original half-game suspension, but can they come out victorious without their Heisman winning quarterback? As for Florida State’s new game plan, we do not know how they will adjust, the decision was made less than 24 hours before kickoff.
Backup quarterback, Sean Maguire must now prepare to start and play all four quarters in Saturday’s game against the Tigers. Maguire has only appeared in five games for the Seminoles. The redshirt sophomore has big shoes to fill, while the defending Heisman winner roots for his team from the sidelines.
Maguire’s has completed 16 of 26 passes for 144 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions thus far in his career.
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