Filling national champion and former Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston’s shoes is no easy task, and Florida State Seminoles quarterback Sean Maguire learned that lesson as he struggled in the team’s spring game.
Still, head coach Jimbo Fisher gave him a vote of confidence.
Fisher stopped short of naming his team’s new starter while speaking to Brendan Sonnone of the Orlando Sentinel, but was not shy about singing Maguire’s praises.
“I feel very good about Sean,” Fisher said at the Seminoles’ booster tour Thursday in Panama City Beach. “Sean had a great spring, we have to play well around him. I like where he’s at right now.”
In the spring game, Maguire completed only 50 percent of his attempts (22 of 44) for 289 yards and threw two interceptions. He did not have a touchdown pass. In three games last year, which included a spot start against Clemson due to Winston being suspended, he completed 25 of 49 attempts for 339 yards, a touchdown and two picks.
It’s clear that Maguire’s skills are a far cry from Winston’s, but Fisher still defended his man, instead placing the blame on various situations.
“Part of it was Sean, part of it is the guys around them,” Fisher said.
“First drive [of the second half] was OK, missed a couple balls on overs late, we should have flattened one out a little bit. As he started to press a little bit, the high throw, if you look on the interception, the ball was snapped on his ankles, he picks it, raises up, makes the right read and tries to dump it over. Until we get that fixed nobody is going to play quarterback.”
Either way, this Seminoles squad will have its work cut out for it in the ACC this year, with schools like Georgia Tech, Clemson and even Duke nipping at its heels.
Maguire still has time to right the ship, but his progress is definitely something to watch over the next several months.
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