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Look for Sean Maguire to lead the Seminoles at quarterback again

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He’s the safe choice, the sane choice. He’s been here before. He’s led FSU downfield before.

Yep, it’s Sean Maguire’s team, all right.

Unless it isn’t.

As FSU began its fall practice Tuesday afternoon, the question was probably where it shouldn’t be. After all, Maguire was the best quarterback for the Seminoles last season, wasn’t he? Surely, Jimbo Fisher wouldn’t pick another quarterback over Maguire, the way he did Everett Golson, would he?

And still…

There are a lot of things to like about Deondre Francois. He has a better arm, better legs. He’s a hotshot recruit. Fact is, Francois stands a much better chance than Maguire at being the next great FSU quarterback. But right now, he’s a riskier option.

On the other hand, McGuire has experience, and in college football, that’s huge.

So how will this go? The guess here is that Francois has a lot of moments during fall camp, but in the end, steady will win the race. Maguire is very good at taking care of the ball. With Dalvin Cook in the backfield, that may be enough.

If Maguire is still the quarterback after Ole Miss, after Louisville, after Miami, then he’s the guy to trust against Clemson. If he stumbles, there is always opportunity to start the clock with Francois.

For now, however, the best bet is Maguire.

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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