TALLAHASSEE, FL (WALB) - Florida State has national championship hopes, but just suffered a minor setback.
Quarterback Sean Maguire will have surgery on Monday that may keep him from starting week one.
But it didn't stop the optimism at Sunday morning's fan day.
Many storylines surround Florida State football, but none bigger than the stress fracture in Sean Maguire's foot.
A team doctor said he should be ready in four weeks, but the season starts in three.
Maguire is motivated to be back to 100 percent, and he's ready to support the week one starter for September 5th's game against Ole Miss.
"I'm going to be there to help them throughout practice," said the senior QB. "I'm not going to sit in the corner and watch them I'm going to try and help them. As I told them, if they have questions before they take a rep just let me know."
Jimbo fisher is leaning toward Deondre Francois who has been taking reps with the first team. The red shirt freshman said that he's ready.
"If it is me then it's my job to be a leader for my offense and make sure we do everything we can do to put our team in position to win," explained Francois.
"We've been rotating him and Sean every day with the (first team)," said coach Fisher. "And in that position he battled for that position. He showed me that last spring he's done a great job this summer and so far in camp I've been very pleased."
The Seminoles are confident they have the makings of a championship team. Last season, a few unfortunate finishes cost them an ACC championship appearance.
This season, they are returning all 11 starters on offense. Fisher has preached for them to love, trust and believe in each other, and the players are buying in.
"We're becoming a brotherhood. We're becoming more of a team this year," said Francois. "It's a big family and we all understand we have to do our individual job for us to become a better team."
The uncertainty under the center will likely be offset by Heisman hopeful running back Dalvin Cook. He said that he's not sweating the extra load at all.
"No pressure at all. Whoever is under the center, I know I'm confident in them," explained Cook who ran for 1,691 yards last year. "They'll be well-prepared. Coach fisher does a great job of preparing these guys and getting them ready for under the lights in front of 80 thousand in Doak Campbell when it's at its best."
The consensus across the team has been that it doesn't matter who starts week one, as long as the Seminoles finish the year at No.1.