Sean Maguire is a battler. He came here to play with the best and as he admits, he could be somewhere else starting right now. Instead, he’s here to learn from Jimbo Fisher and is excited to learn from Randy Sanders. According to his Seminoles.com profile, Maguire has all of the things that Jimbo Fisher looks for in a quarterback:
One of the top pro-style quarterbacks in the country coming out of high school who enters this spring in a four-way battle for the starting spot vacated by EJ Manuel. Spent his first season at FSU as one of the scout team quarterbacks doing a really nice job in helping one of the nation’s top defenses prepare for opposing quarterbacks. A natural pocket passer who is suited for a multiple pro-style scheme despite running a wing-T offense in high school which didn’t allow for many passing opportunities. Displays good arm strength, touch, the ability to change ball speeds and accuracy to all three levels.
Maguire is very mature about his situation (i.e., being perceived to be the 4th best quarterback on the roster). He came here knowing full well that Jameis Winston was going to be here. That didn’t deter him; rather it motivated him further. Maguire acknowledged that one of the primary reasons he came here was to learn from Jimbo Fisher. And, according to Maguire, Jimbo’s offense, as advertised, is difficult to master. Maguire admits that he now grasps the offense but it was overwhelming at first.
Maguire also says that the quarterbacks are friends, but that he’s competing not only with the other quarterbacks, but also against the defense.
At this point, Maguire seems a long shot to start at quarterback this season, but you truly never know. A few years ago, Jimbo picked a guy named Christian Ponder over veterans Drew Weatherford and Xavier Lee. It would be a coup, no doubt, but not unprecedented. Maguire is attempting to separate himself by putting every single waking hour into becoming a better quarterback. And if you believe that Jimbo is giving each quarterback a fair and equal shot, then Maguire, based on his work ethic and maturity, should no longer be considered an afterthought in the quarterback battle.