Jimbo Fisher has been at FSU since 2007 and he’s been grooming quarterbacks his entire time there. He was the quarterback coach and offensive coordinator until 2010, when he took over head coaching duties. Under his tutelage, he’s taken four first-time starters and led them to great performances.
What does this mean? Sean Maguire will be just fine.
Under Fisher, Christian Ponder, E.J. Manuel, and Jameis Winston all came out with wins in their first start. The only one that didn’t was Clint Trickett in 2011, but he still played exceptionally well.
In Ponder’s first start – against FCS team Western Carolina – he threw for 196 yards and three touchdowns in one half(!) and left the game because FSU was dominating and won 69-0. Manuel had 220 yards passing, a touchdown, and an interception on 15-of-20 passing against Wake Forest late in the 2009 season and led them to 41-28 win. Trickett was the only quarterback to lose (35-30), but it was against Clemson and he still had 336 yards passing with three touchdowns and one interception on 24-of-38 passing. Winston’s first start came against Pittsburgh and he was almost perfect when he threw for four touchdowns and 356 yards on 25-of-27 passing to get the Noles a 41-13 win.
An advantage Maguire holds is that he has the perfect pressure release in senior tight end Nick O’Leary, who’s a nice big target. He also has an experience-laden offensive line and a fantastic wide receiver in Rashad Greene who will reel in almost anything thrown his way.