Wayne McGahee III

FSU Position Breakdown: Quarterback

Looking at how the quarterback depth chart shakes out for the Seminoles at the start of camp.

Depth Chart

Starter 3rd string 4th String
Deondre Francois or Sean Maguire Malik Henry JJ Cosentino

The biggest question for the Seminoles heading into the 2016 season is the quarterback position. The Seminoles have four quarterbacks on the roster, but it's really a two player race. 

Sean Maguire started five games for the Seminoles last season after replacing Everett Golson, and has started six games in his career. Golson beat out Maguire for the starting job at the beginning of the 2015 season. He missed the spring after breaking his ankle in the Peach Bowl last season, but is expected to be back for the start of fall camp. Maguire completed 59.3 percent of his passes in 2015 with 11 touchdowns and 6 interceptions.

Deondre Francois redshirted in 2015, but is considered the more talented quarterback of the two. He also got valuable experience during the spring when he took nearly all of the first team reps with Maguire out. He separated himself from Henry and Cosentino early in the spring, and made it clear that he was ready to take over the starting job.

Henry was an early enrollee, but still needs more time in the system for Fisher to be comfortable throwing him out there. Cosentino, on the other hand, hasn't taken the step forward that the Florida State coaching staff was hoping for. After a poor showing in the Peach Bowl, Cosentino went 0-4 in the spring game. Barring a miraculous turn around it's looking like he will not be in the future of the Seminoles offense.

Will it be experience or talent that wins out during fall camp? Fisher has shown that he is willing to play the younger quarterback in situations like these, but going into a game against an expected Top-10 team he could be tempted to go with the more experienced player. It won't be an easy decision for Fisher unless one of them clearly separates themselves during fall camp. 


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