Florida State has suspended quarterback Jameis Winston for the first half of Saturday’s game against Clemson due to inappropriate comments made on Tuesday on campus.
In a statement from the university, Florida State also indicated Winston will undergo internal discipline.
With Winston missing the first two quarters, the Seminoles will turn to backup Sean Maguire.
Maguire completed 13 of 21 passes for 116 yards and two scores last season and has attempted just five throws in 2014.
Maguire has not started a game during his Florida State career and was rated as a three-star prospect in the 2012 signing class.
Prior to Winston’s suspension, Florida State was considered at least a 20-point favorite on Saturday.
While the Seminoles are still likely to be picked to win by most, the margin for error for Jimbo Fisher’s team has narrowed.
Maguire has experience but none against a first-team defense. Clemson’s defensive line is one of the best in the nation and features All-American end Vic Beasley.
Expect a limited gameplan for Maguire, and Fisher will likely place the bulk of the offense on the shoulders of running backs Mario Pender and Karlos Williams.
Also, Florida State’s defense can help its offense by creating a few turnovers. The Tigers’ offense struggled in the second half against Georgia and is a work in progress with new quarterback Cole Stoudt.