Florida State QB Sean Maguire returns to preseason practice
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — Two weeks after breaking a bone in his right foot, Sean Maguire returned to preseason practices for No. 4 Florida State.
The senior quarterback did team and individual drills during Friday’s session. When Maguire was hurt Aug. 11, coach Jimbo Fisher said he expected Maguire to miss 3-4 weeks.
Maguire, who had a screw placed in his foot on Aug. 15, started five games of the final six games last season as he completed 59.3 percent of his passes with 11 touchdowns and six interceptions.
Redshirt freshman Deondre Francois is still expected to start the Sept. 5 opener in Orlando against 11th-ranked Mississippi, but if Maguire is available for that game it could ease Fisher’s mind. Currently backing up Francois are sophomore J.J. Cosentino and freshman walk-on Jake Rizzo. Freshman Malik Henry remains indefinitely suspended for what Fisher called a violation of team rules.
Henry, who enrolled early and took part in spring practices, was seen with the team during Friday’s kickoff luncheon but has not practiced since last week.
NFLPA VISIT: DeMaurice Smith, the executive director of the NFL Players Association, met with Florida State players Friday night as part of the union’s Pipeline to the Pros program. Smith was at Alabama last week as the NFLPA is trying to visit schools with the highest percentage of future NFL players.
Smith said the main purpose of the visits is to let players know about resources and programs available to them once they enter the league.
"It is important that young men who have aspirations of earning a job in the NFL understand how to best prepare for the business of football," Smith said. "We tell them that there are plenty of resources available to help with decisions about whether or not to enter the draft, or how they select an agent if they want one and any other business decisions they have to make."