Sean Maguire: To Date
Maguire arrived at Florida State in 2012 as a three-star quarterback from New Jersey and the #50 quarterback in the country as rated by Scout. He redshirted in 2012 and then served as the third-team quarterback behind Jameis Winston and Jacob Coker in 2013 and then took the backup role after Coker’s injury. Conducted himself well in relief, going 13-21 for 116 yards and 2 touchdowns in appearances against Wake Forest, Syracuse (played entire second half), and Idaho.
Most in his position might have been intimidated by arriving in the same class as Jameis Winston, but Maguire committed early and didn’t waver when Winston came on board, a testament to Maguire’s self-confidence and competitiveness. Maguire is no wallflower and can handle the emotional demands Jimbo Fisher places on his quarterbacks.
Has a very strong arm and can make every throw in the offense. Moves well, especially considering his good size, as he is a legit 6’3, 225. Throws reasonably well on the run and gets his hips square to maintain accuracy on the move. Has improved his mechanics significantly since arriving on campus, evidence of a solid work ethic and coachability. Shows good touch on bucket throws and can push the ball downfield.
At this point, he fully understands the offense and consistently makes good decisions as illustrated both at the end of 2013 and in the 2014 spring game. A reliable player with good tools overall. Shows above-average anticipation and typically gets the ball out on time.
Room for Improvement
Still has a long-ish release, though has been improving in that regard since arriving on campus. Had a significant loop in his delivery when he arrived, lowering the ball below the shoulder before cocking the arm back (as shown in the picture above from 2013). That loop was mostly gone in the 2014 spring game, but there were a handful of throws where it popped up again.
When the loop returns to his motion, his accuracy suffers, particularly in the intermediate zones. Has a chance to be a solid starter if he can continue to work that hitch out of his system.
Fiery sometimes to a fault. Needs to maintain control of his emotions if he is going to take over the team after Winston departs. Brash, stereotypically northeastern personality has its pluses at the position but will also turn some off.
Floor/Ceiling & NFL Potential
At minimum, Franklin is a solid backup who will get plenty of reps in blowout wins this season. Due to his understanding of the offense and ability to get the ball out quickly, offers some security if Winston gets dinged up in 2014. FSU could probably go at least 10-2 with Maguire at quarterback this year.
In terms of ceiling, Maguire is not an elite prospect but could turn into a mid-round draft choice if he continues to improve mechanically and get a little more consistent with his accuracy. Has as much arm strength as most NFL starters but still has a long way to go to get into that kind of discussion.
Thad Busby or Greg McElroy.
Outlook for 2014
Solid backup who plays probably around the equivalent of four full games, producing good overall numbers and getting a feel for running the offense in live action.
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