Jimbo Fisher: No time frame to name FSU football's starting quarterback
TALLAHASSEE -- Before Florida State football opens its fall camp later today, coach Jimbo Fisher addressed reporters in his start-of-the-season news conference. A few highlights:
* Don't expect the starting quarterback to be announced soon. Redshirt senior Sean Maguire and redshirt freshman Deondre Francois will continue their battle into camp, and Fisher hasn't hinted whether one is ahead of the other.
"There ain't no timeframe (to announce a starter)," Fisher said. "I don't know. They'll dictate that."
Fisher did say that Francois' knowledge of the game has improved; he understands why to do certain things and why not to do other ones. "That's why I feel like he's legitimately in the competition to be the guy."
* Fisher said Maguire (ankle) and star running back Dalvin Cook (shoulder) are both fully healthy, as expected.
* Safety Derwin James (ankle/foot) might miss a week or so of practice but otherwise is in good shape. "According to him right now, he's ready to go," Fisher said. "And I think he is." The standout sophomore is expected to be fine before the Sept. 5 season opener against Ole Miss in Orlando.
* Offensive lineman Chad Mavety (heart) officially announced that his career was over for medical reasons. "That's a shame," Fisher said. Fisher supported the idea of Mavety staying in the program as a student assistant.
* Defensive end Adam Torres and defensive tackle Darvin Taylor are both rehabbing injuries. ... Defensive tackle Justin Shanks is nearing a return from a stress fracture. ... Fisher said receiver Auden Tate (Wharton High) is in good shape.