Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher announced Thursday after practice that Everett Golson will start on Saturday against North Carolina State.
Golson had more reps with the first-team offense on Thursday than he had earlier in the week, and Fisher said he was going with the graduate transfer over redshirt junior Sean Maguire at quarterback.
“We’re going to start Everett,” Fisher said. “Had a real good week of practice. Liked what he did.”
Fisher said Maguire is healthy. Maguire stepped in to start two weeks ago against Syracuse when Golson was out with a concussion.
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Golson started the first seven games for FSU (7-2, 5-2 ACC) this season. He has completed 139 of 207 passes (67.1 percent) for 1,659 yards, 11 touchdowns and one interception.
Maguire has completed 46 of 72 passes (63.9 percent) for 585 yards, four touchdowns and an interception. Two weeks ago, he was accurate in a 45-21 win over Syracuse, throwing for 348 yards, including three long touchdown passes to Travis Rudolph. But Maguire struggled at No. 1 Clemson last week, connecting on 16 of 29 passes for 164 yards and an interception.
Fisher said the quarterbacks were evaluated on how they practiced but also noted that the offense has been inconsistent around both starters.
“This is no knock on Sean,” Fisher said. “Are there some plays we wish [Maguire] could have made? Yes. Was there plays [Golson could have made] in the Georgia Tech game? Yes. It wasn’t just them. We all could have made plays. … This is indicative of what we think we can do best for this game to win the game.”
Fisher also said that Brock Ruble was limited in Thursday’s practice and he thinks the right tackle will start against the Wolfpack.
“He should be ready for the game,” Fisher said.
▪ Defensive end Lorenzo Featherston (concussion), right tackle Derrick Kelly (knee), guard Cole Minshew (concussion) and receiver Ja’Vonn Harrison (concussion) will miss the N.C. State game.
▪ Redshirt senior Javien Elliott is a nominee for the Burlsworth Trophy, presented to the most outstanding football player in America who began his career as a walk-on. Elliott, a defensive back who earned a scholarship in August, has played in eight games this year (two starts) and has 17 tackles.
▪ Former FSU coach Bobby Bowden will be honored on the field between the first and second quarters of Saturday’s game. Thirty-five years ago, Bowden won the Bobby Dodd Coach of the Year Award.
▪ Former FSU running back Warrick Dunn will sign autographs and speak to fans outside the sod cemetery (outside the football team’s practice field) at 11 a.m. Saturday, about 90 minutes before kickoff.