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Jimbo Fisher: Sean Maguire will start for Noles

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Sean Maguire will be Florida State’s starting quarterback moving forward for the remainder of the 2015 college football season, Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher reportedly said Monday morning. Maguire will replace Everett Golson after coming off the bench Saturday in a victory over N.C. State. Warchant first reported the news Monday morning following a weekly interview.

Maguire completed 18 of his 28 pass attempts for 231 yards and two touchdowns in Florida State’s 34-17 victory over the Wolfpack. He stepped in for a struggling Golson, who completed five of his nine passes, but two others were picked off and he lost a fumble. Golson did not play the two games prior to the N.C. State game due to injury. To date, Golson has completed 66.7 percent of his passes for 1,711 yards and 11 touchdowns with three interceptions. Consistency has been a problem for Golson, just as it was last season at Notre Dame, which led to Malik Zaire building momentum to get playing time down the stretch of the 2014 season in South Bend.

Maguire, a junior, has completed 64 percent of his passes this season for 816 yards and six touchdowns when given the opportunity to play. After serving as the backup to Jameis Winston last season, Maguire was thought to be the likely starter for the Seminoles this season until the news of Golson’s transfer to Tallahassee popped up. It was assumed by many Golson would be Florida State’s starter, although Fisher held a competition for the job over the summer, which eventually awarded the job to the newcomer from Notre Dame.

With Clemson next, FSU hopes to have Cook and Golson available

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The game of the year in the ACC is on tap for this coming weekend on the college football calendar. Clemson and Florida State will play for first place in the ACC Atlantic Division on Saturday afternoon in a game that has ended up seeing the winner go on to play for an ACC title each of the past five seasons. Clemson is rolling right now, but Florida State could be a bit banged up on offense. Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher is not showing his hand when it comes to the status of quarterback Everett Golson and running back Dalvin Cook.

Cook is recovering from a left hamstring and left ankle injury. Golson missed Saturday’s game against Syracuse due to concussion-like symptoms. Sean Maguire stepped in to play the game, and he may get a second crack at Clemson this week if Golson is unavailable. Maguire filled in for a suspended Jameis Winston last season and led the Seminoles to a victory to keep an undefeated season in play. Against Syracuse, Maguire completed 23 of 35 pass attempts for 348 yards and three touchdowns without an interception.

“We’ll have to wait and see, but we feel very comfortable we have two guys we know now that can come in and play very well,” Fisher said Monday when discussing his quarterback situation (according to The Tallahassee Democrat). “They’ve had tremendous games throughout the season.”

It is still early in the week, and Fisher and the coaching staff and medical staff will continue to monitor the status of both key offensive players as the week goes by. This being college football, and with so much riding on the game, we should probably not expect Fisher or anyone to confirm too much whe it comes to the status of either player though. Anything that keeps Dabo Swinney and the Clemson staff guessing is pure gamesmanship even if Fisher does know who will play.

Dalvin Cook helps No. 11 FSU overcome sloppy performance vs. USF

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Florida State running back Dalvin Cook was the star of the day for the No. 11 Seminoles (2-0) in a 34-14 win over visiting USF (1-1). Cook rushed for 266 yards and three touchdowns to lead the ACC contenders past a sluggish first half and sloppy play all around.

Cook’s rushing total was the second most yards ever by a Florida State running back in a single game. Florida State should be thankful for having him on the field today. Florida State’s offense did nothing in the first half of the game. Quarterback Everett Golson completed just one of his nine first half attempts, but he, along with the rest of the team, seemed to turn things around after halftime. Golson ended his afternoon with 163 yards and a touchdown while completing 14 of 26 passes. Golson made some bad decisions at times but managed to avoid having a mistake cost him too much.

Florida State came out of the halftime break with three scores in the third quarter. Cook ran once for a 24-yard score, kicker Roberto Aguayo nailed a 3-yard field goal and Golson completed a touchdown pass to Jesus Wilson from 23 yards out. That was enough to pretty much seal the victory heading into the fourth quarter. USF would trim the lead down to 10-points early in the fourth quarter with a Quinton Flowers touchdown pass to D’Ernest Johnson for a quick 71-yard score, but the Seminoles tacked on more points tokeep the game out of reach.

Florida State will jump into ACC play next week when they head north to play at Boston College. The primetime match-up could be a tricky one for the Seminoles, as Steve Adazio has his Eagles at 2-0 out of the gates. Of course, those two wins have come at the expense of two FCS opponents, so how well will Boston College really be ready to step things up next week in terms of level of competition?

USF will be back on the road against a power conference opponent next week. The Bulls head to Maryland of the Big Ten for the second game in a home-and-home series. Maryland won a 24-17 game last season in Tampa between the two schools.

Sloppy Florida State lets USF hang around at halftime, 7-7

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This seems to be a case today around the country, but an early kickoff for Florida State and USF in less-than-ideal weather has led to some sloppy play in the first half in Tallahassee. Other than Dalvin Cook having a 100-yard rushing performance, the highlights have been few and far between for either team in the first half of a 7-7 tie.

Cook’s 74-yard touchdown run in the first quarter gave the Seminoles a lead, but the offense struggled for much of the half against USF’s defense. This, along with some decent special teams work, allowed USF to begin working an advantage on the field position battle

Everett Golson failed to complete a pass in the first quarter of the game, with all five of his attempts falling incomplete. It would take seven attempts before being able to complete one for a six-yard gain. USF managed to tie the game at 7-7 in the second quarter after driving only 45 yards. Bulls quarterback Quinton Flowers completed a short pass to running back D’Ernest Johnson for the score. A previous possession knocking on the door step ended in an interception on a fade pass, otherwise USF would have a lead at the break.

In the first quarter Florida State’s Lamarcus Brutus was ejected from the game following a targeting call on special teams return coverage. The call was upheld following a video review, and according to the rule book the call looked to be correct by the book. A helmet-to-helmet clash is what probably drew the penalty to begin with.

Florida State needs to get better play up front from the offensive line if they are going to shake an upset bid from the USF Bulls. Florida State had just 112 yards of total offense, and Cook has rushed for 115 yards. That pretty much tells you what the story is in Tallahassee.

Jimbo Fisher names Everett Golson ‘Noles starting QB

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In news that we all expected upon his May announcement to transfer to Florida State, though we may not have expected to actually happen today given this afternoon’s piece of news, Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher revealed Monday evening that Notre Dame transfer Everett Golson will be the Seminoles’ starting quarterback in 2015.

“Everett’s going to be our starter,” Fisher said after Florida State’s Monday practice. “It’s a tougher decision because of how  well (Golson and Sean Maguire) were playing, not things they weren’t doing.”

Golson threw for 3,445 yards and 29 touchdowns in leading the Fighting Irish to the 2013 BCS National Championship game.

Florida State hosts Texas State at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday.