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Make-or-break position battle: Florida State

8/20/2015
Sean Maguire has held off Everett Golson for the time being in FSU's quarterback battle. Cal Sport Media via AP Images

We’re breaking down the biggest fall-camp position battles in the ACC for each team. Here’s a look at Florida State.

Position battle: Quarterback

The candidates: Sean Maguire was the clear No. 1 exiting spring practice, but the redshirt junior did not do enough to earn the full confidence of coach Jimbo Fisher. As a result, Fisher recruited and signed Notre Dame transfer Everett Golson.

The impact: It’s been quite some time since the Seminoles had uncertainty at quarterback. Christian Ponder, E.J. Manuel and Jameis Winston were all first-round draft picks and orchestrated Florida State’s rebirth into a national power again.

There is a litany of questions surrounding Florida State, especially on the offensive side of the ball. None of them are more important than at quarterback. Through the first two weeks of preseason practice, neither Golson nor Maguire have separated from the other. At least that is what Fisher is saying.

With concerns along the offensive line and without running back Dalvin Cook, the quarterback will need to play at a high level if the Seminoles are going to win a fourth consecutive ACC championship.

Prediction: With games against Texas State and USF to start the season, there is a decent chance the competition continues into September. Maguire has held Golson off for the time being, though, and he very well could take the first offensive snap for the Seminoles this season.