Florida State quarterback Sean Maguire is tough, and there is no disputing that, especially after his latest hardship. He broke his ankle early in the Peach Bowl against Houston last season, but came back and played for the final two quarters of the game. His teammates rallied around him in that moment, and he clearly has their respect.
Maguire had surgery and misses all of spring practice because of the ankle injury. Despite that he was still listed first on the depth chart, and had the chance to compete for the starting job with Deondre Francois. His bad luck continued, and, just two days into practice, Maguire broke a bone in the opposite foot. Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher announced the injury to the media on Saturday evening.
Then, less than a day after the announcement that he would miss at least through the first game of the season, Maguire proved that he was just as mentally tough. Maguire came out to face the media during the Florida State media day. He was answering questions about his injury as wel as about the guy who is likely going to take over the starting job. There are a lot of players that wouldn't be able to face that, but Maguire proved his toughness once again.
"The past few days have been pretty devastating for me and my family," Maguire said. "I’m getting surgery tomorrow. After tomorrow, it’s all about getting back to being 100 percent. That’s pretty much the only thing on my mind."
The players and coaches have rallied around Maguire once again.
"The past three days have been real, real tough. It’s been pretty bad. Seeing guys on the team, how much they care about me, these coaches, that’s kind of my main motivation is to be 100 percent. It’s a long season. Stuff happens. I’d rather be 100 percent for it."
Maguire is a bit of a rarity in college football these days. He's a redshirt senior that has stayed for all five years at one institution. He came in with Jameis Winston, and sat behind EJ Manuel and then Winston for three years. Then in his fourth year he lost the job to graduate transfer Everett Golson to start the season. Maguire never quit working and took the job back late in the season after Golson's collapse.
He may not be the most talented quarterback in Florida State history, but he surely has an argument for being the toughest.