Jimbo Fisher has an eye for quarterbacks. The Florida State coach has recruited and mentored a Heisman Trophy winner, Jameis Winston.
But he has also coached Clint Trickett, who graduated from FSU in May 2013, played at West Virginia last fall and will start for the Mountaineers in August. And Jacob Coker, who graduated from FSU in May, is competing for Alabama's starting quarterback job.
That's potentially three starting quarterbacks for three Football Bowl Subdivision programs.
FSU has Winston, but there's plenty of talent behind him. Sean Maguire was also a member of the 2012 signing class (along with Winston), and the Seminoles added John Franklin III in the 2013 class and JJ Cosentino in February.
Here's a look at FSU's four quarterbacks in 2014.
Winston turned in one of the finest seasons in college football history by a freshman quarterback, completing 257 of 384 passes for 4,057 yards, a school-record 40 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
|FSU QBs: Heisman seasons|
|Jameis Winston (2013)||66.9||4,057||40-10|
|Chris Weinke (2000)||61.7||4,167||33-11|
|Charlie Ward (1993)||69.5||3,032||27-4|
|FSU media guides|
FSU returns four of five offensive linemen, ensuring stability up front and comfort for Winston when he drops back. And all five starting linemen will likely be seniors as Austin Barron is the leading candidate to start at center. Winston's biggest adjustment is establishing a rhythm with the young receivers after FSU lost Kelvin Benjamin and Kenny Shaw to the NFL.
The 6'3'', 220-pound Maguire is good enough to be a starter on many college football teams. The 3-star prospect from West Orange, New Jersey, had interest from schools like Syracuse, Boston College, Penn State, Rutgers and Connecticut before choosing FSU.
The redshirt sophomore has a strong, accurate arm and has good touch. Maguire was clearly the No. 4 quarterback in the spring of 2013 but has moved up the depth chart after both the transfers of Trickett and Coker as well as his hard work in the offseason.
Maguire may get his chance to compete for the starting job in 2015 if Winston opts to enter the NFL draft early. He completed 13 of 21 passes for 116 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions last season. Maguire displayed more confidence this spring, writes Corey Clark of the Tallahassee Democrat, running the No. 2 offense. He completed 15 of 28 passes for 203 yards, one touchdown and an interception in the spring game.
John Franklin III
The 6'0", 180-pound Franklin was on the scout team in 2013, and his biggest contribution was playing the role of Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall as the FSU defense prepared for the national championship game. Franklin, a 3-star prospect from Plantation, Florida, helped FSU win the 4x100-meter relay at the ACC Outdoor Championships in April.
Franklin was the No. 3 quarterback this spring, and he completed five of 10 passes for 103 yards and one touchdown in the spring game. He has spent time this summer working with a personal quarterbacks coach, Ken Mastrole, writes Tim Linafelt of 247Sports. He doesn't have enough experience to challenge Maguire to be the Seminoles' backup in 2014, but Franklin could be in the mix (if Winston departs) for a potential wide-open competition in 2015.
The 6'4'', 220-pound Cosentino has been in Tallahassee just a few weeks. But he already made a name for himself by throwing a football over an apartment complex, writes Brendan Sonnone of the Orlando Sentinel. So, yes, Cosentino has a strong arm.
This fall will likely see the 4-star prospect from Pittsburgh lead the scout team, just as Winston did in 2012 and Franklin did in 2013. But Fisher has also said that he's considering using Cosentino as a punter if Cason Beatty struggles.
Bob Ferrante is the Florida State Lead Writer for Bleacher Report. All quotes obtained first-hand unless otherwise noted. Follow Bob on Twitter. All stats from Seminoles.com. All recruiting information is courtesy of 247Sports.
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