TALLAHASSEE – Although Sean Maguire’s absence from spring practice means more snaps for Florida State’s two young quarterbacks, coach Jimbo Fisher feels bad for his incumbent quarterback.
“I wish Sean was out there,” Fisher said. “He deserves to be out there because that guy plays with so much heart and toughness and he’ll be a leader for the team. Anytime he’s not out there, it’s not good for him, and it’s not good for us. That’s more reps and the better he gets.”
Maguire, a rising senior, replaced the struggling Everett Golson last season and started five games. He finished with 1,520 yards, 11 touchdowns and six interceptions while completing 59.3 percent (112 of 189) of his passes. That included an inconsistent Peach Bowl performance in which it was later learned that Maguire played more than a half after fracturing his left ankle. Maguire underwent surgery in January and should be ready for camp in August.
That leaves all the snaps in the spring to redshirt freshman Deondre Francois, incoming freshman Malik Henry and redshirt sophomore J.J. Cosentino. The belief is Francois should emerge as the closest threat to Maguire in the summer and Henry has a great upside.
“We’ll rotate them the first couple days, see how it goes, see who’s doing the best and then go off of that,” Fisher said.
Henry, being the newcomer, has drawn the most interest. Here is what Fisher had to say about the four-star recruit from Inglewood, Calif.
“His first thing is to fit in and take care of the ball and show a presence and a poise in the huddle. Just have presence and poise and composure. (Players) get a feel for a quarterback, how he talks, the look in his eyes. The poise and composure. The presence that he has. That’s as important as anything he does. Making sure he understands that so he knows what to do. And gradually following in to what he does.”