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