Florida State backup QB Sean Maguire starts vs. Clemson on Saturday
Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has been suspended for Saturday's game against Clemson after several students tweeted about seeing him shouting an obscene phrase in the student union. With Winston out, redshirt sophomore Sean Maguire is expected to start. While Florida State diehards are familiar with Maguire, casual fans tuning in Saturday night may not know much about him. Here are 10 notes about the player tasked with quarterbacking the Seminoles in a matchup that could have ACC championship implications.
- After redshirting as a freshman, in 2012, Maguire was left to compete with Winston, Clint Trickett and Jacob Coker to replace first-round draft pick E.J. Manuel as the starting quarterback.
- Last season Maguire completed 13 of his 21 pass attempts for 116 yards and two touchdowns over nine games in relief of Winston.
- Maguire attempted a pass in only three games last year.
- In Florida State's spring game, the Garnet and Gold game, Maguire completed 15 of his 28 pass attempts for 203 yards and a touchdown.
- The only school other than Florida State to offer Maguire a scholarship was Buffalo.
- At Seton Hall Prep in West Orange, N.J., Maguire ran a run-heavy Wing-T offense.
- Over four seasons at Seton Hall Prep, Maguire completed 184 of his 378 pass attempts for 2,790 yards and 30 touchdowns against 30 interceptions.
- Maguire led Seton Hall Prep to a 19-3 record over his sophomore and junior seasons.
- Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher was asked about Maguire earlier this week. From the Tallahassee Democrat:
"He has an extremely strong arm, very accurate ball, has good pocket presence," Fisher said on his weekly call-in radio show on Wednesday night. "I'm very anxious to watch him play. I think he'll do a great job. He had a heck of a practice (on Wednesday).
"… I'm very pleased with his progress."
- Chris Johnson