Despite setback with injury, QB Sean Maguire says he will ‘be there’ for FSU teammates

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By  Ryan  Clark/Warchant.com

TALLAHASSEE — Sean Maguire had his moments of perspective on Sunday, calling his injury “devastating,” but he quickly shifted to how he feels he can still make an impact for the Florida State football team while on the mend. 

The redshirt senior quarterback, who was making his first public comments since learning he will miss four weeks with a broken bone in his right foot, is scheduled to undergo surgery on Monday. 

“The past few days have been devastating for me and my family,” Maguire said Sunday when FSU held its annual Media Day. “I am getting the surgery [Monday], and after tomorrow, it’s all about getting back to 100 percent. That’s really the only thing on my mind.” 

FSU coach Jimbo Fisher told reporters Saturday that Maguire sustained the injury on Wednesday, the second day of preseason camp. Maguire said he felt something in his foot but thought it was just his body getting adjusted to practice or it was discomfort caused by new shoes. 

A day later, he said, the pain became unbearable and he knew something was wrong. 

Maguire’s injury comes as he was battling with redshirt freshman Deondre Francois to become the team’s starting quarterback. Fisher still hasn’t confirmed that Francois will be the Seminoles’ starter in their Sept. 5 season opener against Ole Miss, but the redshirt freshman took all the first-team reps at practice Sunday. 

Maguire attended practice with his foot in a protective boot and was seen offering advice to the other quarterbacks. 

“I’m going to be there for them,” Maguire said. “Not just them but for everyone on the team. Still being at practice, still being in the meetings and everything.” 

The Second Verse 

As has become an annual tradition on Media Day, Florida State held its one open practice for fans inside Doak Campbell Stadium on Sunday. 

Only about 1,000 fans were in attendance as thunderstorms skirted past the stadium, but those who did show up saw a show from sophomore wide receiver Nyqwan Murray. The 5-11, 176-pound Orlando product caught numerous touchdown passes and made several tough grabs in traffic. 

“Murray’s legit,” Fisher said. “Has a chance to be a good player if he continues to play with consistency.” 

Injury Report

Junior WR Travis Rudolph was held out of practice with a sore hamstring, and freshman defensive end Brian Burns was also out with a thigh bruise. Senior safety Nate Andrews went down with a pulled calf muscle during the practice. Fisher said all three should be back soon. 

They said it 

“He’s been able to handle himself on the field and off the field, so much better. He’s worked hard. He’s put on weight. He’s got stronger, faster and just basically became the leader of the group in my opinion.” – WRs coach Lawrence Dawsey on junior receiver Travis Rudolph 

“It’s always hard to see your fellow brother go through an injury like this. But this is the game. That’s the way it is. And Sean’s a great guy. So it’s tough for me seeing a fellow quarterback go through a foot injury. You never want that to happen to anyone on the team.” – Redshirt freshman Deondre Francois on fellow QB Sean Maguire’s broken foot. 

“For a minute, it took them a little while to get in the attitude of practice with it being in here (Doak Campbell Stadium). But once they got into it, it was OK. Good points and bad points on both sides of the ball. One side wins, one side loses. That’s what happens when you get to know each other and compete. Good things on both sides and mistakes on both sides.” – FSU coach Jimbo Fisher on Sunday’s open practice.

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