Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher has a very tough decision ahead of him. Starting quarterback Everett Golson hadn't played exceptionally well this season, and when he went out with a concussion before the Syracuse game Sean Maguire stepped in. Maguire played extremely well against the Orange, and Fisher came away extremely impressed with his performance.
"He graded out well," Fisher said. "Game management, checks, did very well. Made plays. Good decisions with the football, and even a couple throws that he missed he was still going to the right place with the ball. Decision making was very good. Still some plays that we could have made that we left on the field. A couple other touchdowns possibly. Also a part that I liked was how he rebounded back from that miss... He played with a lot of maturity in the game. He played well."
Despite how well Maguire played, Fisher would not answer any of the questions about who he's planning to start due to Golson's health.
"I can't judge that till I see the health of Everett," Fisher said. "I hate to say that I decline the question. That isn't what you want to hear. I don't have enough information. It's not just health wise. Is he healthy enough to play? Is he playing well during practice? Has he responded well? We feel very comfortable. We have two guys that we know now can come in and play very well. Both have had outstanding games throughout this whole season. Everett's had a 370-yard game. Sean's had a 350-yard game. Touchdowns in big games. Like I said before we feel very comfortable with two quarterbacks in our system."
Both quarterbacks have had their ups and downs this football season, and naming a starting quarterback would give Clemson more time to prepare. Either way, the starter is going to have an extremely tough time against one of the top defenses in the country.