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Florida State backup QB Jacob Coker undergoes knee surgery

Graham Watson
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Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston has meant a lot to the Seminoles, but now his role might mean even more after backup quarterback Jacob Coker was ruled out indefinitely with a torn meniscus.

Coker suffered the injury during a noncontact situation against Wake Forest, according to coach Jimbo Fisher, and had surgery Tuesday to repair the tear.

Winston and Coker were in a heated battle for the starting role prior to the season. Coker has appeared seven games and completed 18 of 36 passes for 250 yards. Because the competition was so close during fall camp, the Seminoles felt OK having Coker direct the team if Winston had to miss time.

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But with Coker out of service for an undetermined amount of time, redshirt freshman Sean Maguire becomes the backup. Maguire also was in the spring competition, but was passed by Coker and Winston pretty quickly. Maguire has only attempted two passes so far this season.

Here's hoping Florida State is smart with Winston these final three games and gets him to the sidelines if the Seminoles have big leads.

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