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For FSU, J.J. Consentino is now the backup quarterback

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He is one twist of an ankle away. One pulled hamstring. One aching wrist.

So, are you prepared to see J.J. Consentino at quarterback for the Florida State Seminoles?

Consentino is now the Seminoles’ backup quarterback following the “personal decision” of former starter Everett Golson not to accompany the team to the Peach Bowl. FSU coach Jimbo Fisher isn’t much of a dabbler at his quarterback position, but an injury to starter Sean McGuire could leave Consentino under center against Houston in the Peach Bowl.

“He knows where he is going, he is big, strong, he can get the ball down the field,” coach Fisher said. “He runs better than you think he does. He has knowledge of what is going on and gets the ball very quick down the field. He has a good command of the running game, I like him.”

Consentino is talented but raw.

“He came in here and it was a big shock to him,” Fisher said. “They were a very successful high school team but they didn’t throw the football a lot and you saw his talent. But just the exposure to the passing game and all the multiplicities that go on with it, I think was very eye-opening and now I see him calm down and see the talent that we saw in the workouts and things we have.”

Fisher said he did not regret bringing in Golson.

“It was an extremely positive experience: What he gave us in the first half of the year,” Fisher said. “I mean the guy had 11 touchdowns; he was the second-leading passer in the ACC when he got hurt. I mean the guy had three or four turnovers all year; we were 6-1 with him as a starter. A tremendous year for him; I don’t know if we are 10-2 without him. It helped Sean (Maguire) grow in a lot of ways, his work and the way he has done things.”

FSU plays Houston in the Peach Bowl Thursday at noon.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit

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