The quarterback position has been the biggest question for Florida State this offseason.There are four scholarship quarterbacks currently on the roster, and the one with the most experience, redshirt senior Sean Maguire, was out for spring practice with a broke ankle. That left redshirt sophomore JJ Cosentino, redshirt freshman Deondre Francois, and true freshman Malik Henry to divide up the reps this spring.
Francois quickly took over the first team reps ahead of Cosentino during the practices leading up to the spring game, and Henry passed him during the spring game. Cosentino did not complete a pass during the spring game despite being the Garnet quarterback for three different drives. Francois struggled a bit in the spring game, throwing two interceptions in the first half, but responded very well in the second half. He finished the game 8/11 for 91 yards and 1 touchdown over his final two drives. Henry was also proficient as he finished his last two drives 6/7 for 127 yards and 1 touchdown.
Now that the spring is over it's time to evaluate where the quarterback position stands. Maguire is the experienced candidate, but it is unclear how healthy he will be for summer workouts with the ankle injury still hampering him quite a bit. If that is the case it gives the advantage to Francois, who doesn't have any game time at Florida State, but does have the edge in the talent department.
There is no question that Francois and Henry are more talented than Maguire, but with a showdown with likely Top-15 Ole Miss to start the season, the question is does Maguire's experience weigh out? Head coach Jimbo Fisher has proven that he is willing to go with the more talented player during his time at Florida State. He started Christian Ponder over Drew Weatherford in 2007, and Jameis Winston over Jacob Coker and Clint Trickett in 2013. He will play whoever he thinks gives the team the best chance to win.
If Maguire is healthy by June, and can take part in the summer work out system, it will be a battle between him and Francois. Henry will have his chance as well, but coach Fisher has made it clear that Henry still has a long way to go to learn the system. If he can learn enough to make coach Fisher comfortable then there will be a real battle for the job this fall.