TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- As spring practice has gone on, it has become increasingly obvious that Sean Maguire will start for Florida State if he stays healthy.
The distance between him and the other quarterbacks competing for the starting job continues to grow. When asked whether Maguire would be his starter, coach Jimbo Fisher said in a recent interview, "If I had to bet right now, yes, but we’ll wait and see. As of right now, he’s done the things he needs to be doing."
The news is not surprising, considering Maguire is the only quarterback on the roster with game experience. This might be a competition in name only. Though Fisher does not have a timetable to officially name his starter, he did say he could make an announcement after spring practice ends.
But he does not want to commit to anything just yet.
"If we go through spring and I see, I may announce him No. 1," Fisher said. "It will still be open when he comes back; he has to play well. I may do that if I feel that’s what’s best.
"But I’ve learned you paint yourself in a corner sometimes. 'I’m going to do that on this date.' It’s like a recruit says, 'I’m going to commit on this date that’s in the summer,' and then all of a sudden a week before, it becomes chaotic and they feel they have to commit, so I don’t want to paint myself in that corner."
Maguire has stood out in his overall knowledge of the system, comfort level in the offense, his ability to take hard coaching and his arm strength.
Replacing Jameis Winston is not going to be an easy task. Combine that with inexperience at wide receiver, offensive line and tight end and Maguire is facing a far different situation than Winston did when he became the starter in 2013.
But as of right now at least, Maguire is showing he has what it takes to not only play the position but also lead the team.
"He’s competitive. It matters to him. He cares. He’s a good teammate," Fisher said. "He’s now becoming much more accurate. He’s doing a lot better job with his feet and hips. We're very demanding, and I think his ability to manage all the craziness [has stood out]."