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FSU’s quarterback is Sean Maguire — today and tomorrow

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For once, FSU’s Sean Maguire’s chief competitor won’t be looking over his shoulder.

Everett Golson isn’t here, preferring to sit out this Peach Bowl for “personal reasons.” That leaves the job of playing against Houston in McGuire’s hands. Finally, it is his job. Finally, it is his team.

And it will be his job against next season.

Oh, FSU will have other quarterbacks. A program such as FSU always has. Freshman Deondre Francoise and recruit Malik Henry will be around. But Maguire has taken over the job twice now, relieving Golson and beating Syracuse before losing to Clemson, then coming on in relief against North Carolina State to take over the job permanently.

That’s fine. They can compete all they want, that’s fine,” Maguire to the Orlando Sentinel. “I think everybody on this team knows.”

Maguire is 3-1 this season, throwing for 1,128 yards and nine touchdowns.

“The more and more game experience you get, the more and more easy you see stuff, the more loose you play,” Maguire said. “I think it’s more the confidence, the chip on the shoulder. I think that Everett coming probably made the chip a little bigger.”

The Seminole play against Houston — and quarterback Greg Ward — 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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