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FSU’s Sean Maguire edges Corn Elder for Sunshine State award

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It’s easy to overlook Sean Maguire. Heck, his coaches did that for most of the season.

Take this week’s Sunshine State Player of the Week award. It would be easy to give it to Corn Elder, the Miami returner who finished one of the most exciting, and most controversial plays in history. The Hurricanes were barely into the locker room when the ACC started suspending officials for the different ways that Elder’s play ended.

Elder’s part, however, was unchallenged. After the team’s eighth lateral, he took it 91 yards with the most dramatic plays ever. That it never should have happened – according to the ACC – is the only criticism you can offer.

All Maguire did was keep the FSU machine chugging on plays throughout the game.

And for that, Maguire is the Sunshine State Player of the Week.

In his first competition of the year, McGuire threw for 348 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Seminoles past Syracuse. And from the outside, at least, he has given coach Jimbo Fisher a decision to make before this week’s Clemson game.

Does he go with the more mobile Everett Golson? Or does he ride the hot hand in Maguire?

Other players considered for the weekly award include FSU running back Jacques Patrick, who ran for 162 yards, FSU wide receiver Travis Benjamin, who caught five passes for 191 yards, Miami quarterback Malik Rosier, who threw for 272 yards in his first start, Florida running back Kelvin Taylor, who ran for 121 yards, Florida receiver Antonio Callaway, who caught three passes for 110 yards, FIU running back Alex Garder, who ran for 110 yards and UCF running back C.J. Jones, who ran for 118 yards.

The Sunshine State Player of the Week is a weekly award given out by the SaintPetersblog.

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 garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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