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Sean Maguire named FSU's starting QB for game against Chattanooga

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Quarterback Sean Maguire will be reinserted into No. 16 Florida State's starting lineup Saturday, Seminoles coach Jimbo Fisher reiterated Monday at his weekly news conference.

Fisher said Maguire will start this week against Chattanooga "based on what he did in the last game." Maguire came off the bench to lead Florida State to a 34-17 comeback victory over NC State.

"Sean did a really nice job managing the game, but he made plays and stood in there and delivered the ball and took some shots," Fisher said. "He got us in a rhythm, we got confidence and got the running game going, and he just played outstanding football. I thought he played extremely well."

Fisher started Everett Golson against the Wolfpack last week after Maguire started the two previous games. Maguire went 1-1 in his starts, but Fisher said last week that Golson gave the Seminoles the better chance to defeat NC State.

Golson turned the ball over three times on the team's first five possessions against the Wolfpack, and Maguire was inserted into the game off the bench midway through the second quarter trailing 17-7.

Fisher said Monday that Golson could become the starter again at some point, but "Sean is our starting quarterback as of right now, and hopefully he'll continue to play well and we won't have to relive that" quarterback shuffle.

Maguire was the No. 1 quarterback exiting spring practice, but Fisher signed Golson a month after the spring game. Golson transferred from Notre Dame after graduating, and he was able to play immediately at Florida State using the graduate transfer rule.

Golson was named Florida State's starter before the season opener after a competition with Maguire in preseason camp. Golson went 6-1 as a starter but suffered a concussion in a loss to Georgia Tech. Golson passed concussion protocol tests before the Syracuse game the following week, but Fisher opted to start Maguire. Against the Orange, Maguire posted 348 yards and three touchdowns. He struggled the following week in a loss against No. 1 Clemson.

A few days later, Golson was named the starter for NC State.

"At that time [after preseason camp], there was no doubt Everett was the best quarterback," Fisher said. "... I'm not so sure losing that, in a weird way, wasn't the best thing for [Maguire] in the big picture to where he's now relaxed, and when he's playing, you can see the abilities he has."