Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Maguire Finally in Control; Quarterback Confident That It's Now His Team to Lead

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Maguire Finally in Control; Quarterback Confident That It's Now His Team to Lead

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Byline: Don Coble

ATLANTA | Sean Maguire believes all the challenges that came with finally winning the starting quarterback job at Florida State were a necessary part of his growth - and FSU's success.

For the first time since he arrived on campus four years ago, the redshirt junior knows this is his offense - not only for Thursday's Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl game at the Georgia Dome against Houston, but for the future as well.

The path to taking the lead role in the Seminoles offense had a lot of frustrating setbacks that too often results in a player transferring for a new opportunity. Maguire admitted to being demoralized, and even angry, by being promoted to the starting lineup three times, counting spring practice, only to be demoted twice in the last 10 months.

But when Everett Golson threw two interceptions and lost a fumble before halftime against North Carolina State a week after Florida State lost at No. 1 Clemson, all of the turmoil suddenly made sense.

"It was a blessing in disguise," he said.

Golson has since come and gone from the Seminoles program. The graduate player from Notre Dame left the team before the bowl trip for "personal reasons," the team said.

No matter. Maguire already had the job. And he wasn't giving it back.

"I was [ticked] off," Maguire said after getting benched following the Clemson loss. "The Clemson game was tough for all of us, not just myself. That was a big growing up moment in the season. But coach [Jimbo] Fisher told me to be ready. I don't think we was going to be too hesitant to make a switch."

After playing behind Jameis Winston for two seasons, Maguire wasn't happy when his turn came and Golson decided to transfer from Notre Dame - and he certainly wasn't happy when Golson won back the job late in the season.

For the first time, he let Fisher know about it five days after going to the bench. …

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