Florida State hasn’t officially named its starting quarterback for the season opener, but the answer may be a little more apparent.
Seminoles head coach Jimbo Fisher told reporters that junior quarterback Sean Maguire needs a screw inserted into his foot and will be out four weeks because of the surgery. That timetable means he will miss the Seminoles’ season opener against Ole Miss on Sept. 5.
#FSU announces QB Sean Maguire, who finished last year as the starter, needs a screw in his foot & is expected to be out about four weeks.
— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) August 13, 2016
FSU QB Sean Maguire needs right foot surgery and is expected to be out 4 weeks, Jimbo Fisher said. Could be back by 2nd or 3rd game. #Noles
— Safid Deen (@Safid_Deen) August 13, 2016
Maguire played in eight games last year and threw for 11 touchdowns and six interceptions. He split time with then-starter Everett Golson, who has since graduated. Maguire and redshirt freshman Deondre Francois were battling to see who would be the starting quarterback against the Rebels.
Though he announced Maguire’s injury, Fisher did not name Francois the starter. Should Francois start, it would be the first of his career.
Jimbo Fisher said he's not naming Deondre Francois the FSU starter at this point … but let's be real.
— Jared Shanker (@JShankerESPN) August 13, 2016
Florida State also may be without safety Derwin James, but James vowed he would play against the Rebels following foot surgery.