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Clemson Preparing For Florida State; Not For A Cetain Quarterback

Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney isn't preparing his team for a specific quarterback, but for what Florida State does as an offense.

Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher has yet to announce which quarterback will start for him against Clemson. Everett Golson missed the Syracuse game with a concussion, and Sean Maguire performed well enough to give Fisher pause on who he should start even if Golson is healthy. After practice on Tuesday Fisher stated that he was waiting for Golson to be cleared before he makes a decision.

"[Golson] has to see his doctor," Fisher said. "We’ll see. …Then, we’ll figure out what we’re going to do.”

Who starts at quarterback is something that Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney will be interested in, but one that he says he's not overly concerned with.

"It's not a big deal for us for how we prepare," Swinney said. "We're preparing for Florida State, not a certain quarterback."

Swinney says it's not a big deal because Florida State recruits for a system and that both of the Seminoles quarterbacks run that system well.

"As far as the quarterback situation, they're going to be who they are," Swinney said. "They're not going to change their pass concepts or do something different in the running game. They're going to run their offense. They're a Florida State offense regardless. It's not like they just got there and they're trying to build their system. They've been recruiting at their system for a long time, Jimbo has. All these guys were brought in there to run the system. They're not running a system based on who the quarterback is. Everett Golson is second in the league in passing. There's no difference."

That doesn't mean that Clemson won't be prepared for whichever quarterback takes the field. They will have a plan to take away Golson's running ability if he starts, or take advantage of Maguire's lack of mobility. Swinney, Venables, and the Clemson defense will surely be ready to go. 


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