QB Battle Looms Large as FSU Opens Camp

Florida State begins the post-Jameis Winston era on Thursday, with the start of August training camp leading up to Sept. 5’s season opener in Doak Campbell Stadium against Texas State.

The Seminoles head into camp with an unsettled situation at quarterback, as fourth-year junior Sean Maguire — who has patiently waited his turn three years while Winston won a national championship, two ACC titles, a Heisman Trophy, and broke numerous school and league records — attempts to hold off Everett Golson, who graduated from Notre Dame this past May and arrived in Tallahassee soon after as a graduate transfer.

FSU’s players and head coach Jimbo Fisher raved this summer about the way Golson has quickly fit into the Seminole program and acclimated himself to his new surroundings, while also praising Maguire for the way he prepared this spring and the way he’s been competing.

“I think he (Golson) and the team have done a really good job of being very cohesive,” said Fisher. “He likes the guys. He gets along with them. The guys I’ve spoken to have spoken very highly of him. And also, they like the competition with Sean. They’ve been happy with Sean.”

After getting benched late last season at Notre Dame for his erratic and turnover-prone play, Golson is looking for a fresh start in his last season of eligibility in college — as well as a chance to improve his NFL Draft stock.[hr]