With an opener against a Power Five opponent a little over three weeks away, it appears Florida State very much has an experience issue at the most important position on the field.
Earlier Saturday, multiple media outlets tweeted out photos of quarterback Sean Maguire on the sidelines of FSU’s practice wearing a boot on his right foot. Subsequent to that, the Seminoles confirmed that Maguire will need to undergo surgery in said foot to insert a screw.
That surgery will likely be performed Monday.
— Warchant.com (@Warchant) August 13, 2016
The estimated recovery time is “about four weeks,” meaning Maguire’s availability for the opener Labor Day vs. Ole Miss is very much up in the air. Maguire has been involved in a competition with redshirt freshman Deondre Francois since the start of summer camp, although most had assumed the more experienced player would open under center vs. the Rebels.
That said, all signs point to Francois taking the reins for the opener.
Jimbo Fisher stopped short of naming Deondre Francois the starter, but he will get full-time reps with the first-team offense.
— Tim Linafelt / FSU (@Tim_Linafelt) August 13, 2016
Francois was a four-star 2015 recruit who took a redshirt as a true freshman. Maguire started five games last season, sustaining a broken ankle in the Peach Bowl loss to Houston. That injury precluded the senior from participating in spring practice, opening the door even wider for Francois to close ground in the competition for the starting job.