It seems every time Sean Maguire gets knocked down, he has the fortitude to get right back up.
The mindset has given Maguire one of the most respectable reputations among coaches and teammates in his final season with the Florida State football team.
After starting the season with a broken foot, conceding the starting job to redshirt freshman Deondre Francois, Maguire earned some redemption in Florida State’s win over Boston College on Saturday night.
Maguire threw his first two touchdowns of the season and led three scoring drives in relief of Francois in the 45-7 blowout victory in Doak Campbell Stadium, a fitting game for the fifth-year Seminole on senior day.
“It was awesome to go back out there and get in the huddle, and get the fist bump from the offensive linemen because obviously I played with them last year,” Maguire said after the win. “It was pretty special.”
Maguire eventually won the starting job from Notre Dame transfer Everett Golson at the end of last season, and hoped to regain his spot during the preseason. He trotted back onto the Georgia Dome field during FSU’s Peach Bowl loss to Houston in the Peach Bowl after fracturing his left foot to finish the game, and rehabbed all offseason in hopes to achieving his goal.
But on the second day of fall camp, Maguire was sidelined. He credits his parents, Kevin and Tina, for instilling the mindset of needing to “earn things the hard way.”
“It’s one of those things where you know you just have to be ready,” Maguire said. “The situation sucks, but I’m mature enough to handle the situation that I’m in. That’s why I prepare every week like I’m going to play and that’s why I think everybody on this team respects me.”
With Francois being the target of multiple hits from opposing defenses, Maguire has appeared sparingly in three games this season.
Unlike the previous two games with the Seminoles holding on to a commanding lead, Fisher kept Francois out after suffering a shoulder bruise and handed the keys to the offense to Maguire.
“His parents should be the proudest parents in the world,” Fisher said of Maguire.
“That guy right there is the salt of the earth. He goes in and performs admirably every time he goes in with a lot of heart and a lot of toughness. I’m just very proud and happy for him.”
Maguire said it took a few plays to get his feet wet, but was comfortable immediately after completing a 28-yard go-route pass to Auden Tate. He threw his first touchdown of the season to Tate on the next play, a 6-yard score to give FSU a 35-0 lead at the end of the third quarter, and threw a 6-yard touchdown to fellow senior Freddie Stevenson in the fourth quarter.
Maguire completed 5 of 7 passes for 53 yards in the game.
“Francois has taken a beating this year, and it’s just one of those things where if you ever notice on the sideline, I’m always trying to stay loose because you never know when you are going to go in,” Maguire said.
With Fisher saying Francois had the ability to reenter the game if necessary, Maguire knows his chances to play in the final two regular-season games and bowl game may be limited.
But Maguire, who has played in 22 games during his career with seven starts, will be prepared.
“I gave Sean a new name ‘Mr. Always Ready,’” running back Dalvin Cook said. “We’re just lucky to have him as a teammate and to be part of this offense. Sean’s a great teammate and a great guy to be in the locker room with.
“I love him to death.”
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