The Florida State Seminoles have one of the nation’s proudest quarterback traditions and the last in line was Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston.
Now, with Winston gone and likely the number one overall pick in the 2015 NFL Draft, head coach Jimbo Fisher appears poised to name Sean Maguire the team’s next starting quarterback.
Maguire spent much of the past two seasons backing up Winston, and although he’s only played in three games, has the necessary experience to step right into the role of being the ‘Noles signal caller.
Maguire’s top performance came against the Clemson Tigers when he started in place of a suspended Winston. The New Jersey native threw for 304 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions during that contest, but his key fourth quarter touchdown pass led Florida State to victory.
With an entire off-season of preparation, Maguire should be much more prepared for the gig and could find himself in the running for several post-season awards. Despite losing several key offensive weapons, the Seminoles are again reloading for the 2015 season and Maguire should have plenty of options to deliver the football to.
With Winston at the helm, Florida State had been one of the top programs in the country and fans around the Panhell shouldn’t see too much of a drop off with Maguire leading the offense.
The Seminoles play a rather soft schedule primarily in part to the weak ACC, but a lack of difficult out-of-confernce games should allow Maguire to build his confidence before entering the bulk of the season.
Still, Maguire must prove to coach Fisher that he is the right guy for the job by playing like his predecessor Mr. Jameis Winston.
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