" He's doing just like everybody else, and that's what's best," Dickey said.
"He has had a good spring and is putting the right foot forward right now. Chris was extremely disappointed in what happened (last season). He's ready to get that behind him, and he's doing every possible he can to regain the trust of his teammates and to show that he is a good person and he is a good football player."
FSU coach Bobby Bowden made his starting quarterback off limits to the media this spring, a move intended to help keep Rix focused and distractions to a minimal. Additionally, Rix needed to mend fences with his teammates. In fact, many fans wondered whast was more important for him to show progress – on-field performance or off-field relationships?
‘It was a little bit of both," Dickey said.
"I think Chris, over the last three months, has really shown a lot of maturity and a lot of growth in a lot of areas. I've been real pleased with his decision-making ability in the spring, and I've been pleased – for the most part – off the field. I think he's making progress."
Dickey has another reason to smile. For the first time since his arrival, he has nice depth at the quarterback postion in Fabian Walker and Wyatt Sexton. Walker started last year's Sugar Bowl defeat to Georgia and is recovering nicely from off-season surgery. Sexton just might be one of the most pleasant surprises of spring, showing impressive poise and solid arm strength.
"I don't know how experienced our depth is," Dickey said.
"Fabian's started one game, and Wyatt's never played. We don't have near the experience that we've had. I'm comfortable where we're at. I think we've got three really good players, and we've got some young guys behind them that are learning. As long as you've got three, I think that you're OK."
The Seminoles also have Lorne Sam at quarterback, though there's speculation he will move back to receiver at some point.
"Time will tell," Dickey said.
"The numbers are such in the spring that you really don't have the opportunity to have a whole lot of reps, and that's what you need to get looks. We'll just have to see."
TIDBITS: According to a player on the team, defensive end Chauncey Davis is unblockable. The Auberndale native who joined the team out of JUCO this spring uses quickness, strength and overall athetlism to whip pass-blockers on a regular basis. This player went on to say others that have impressed him are Nicholson, Watkins and Lorenzo Booker.
There's a buzz in the air this spring and it's called chemistry. Something the Noles dearly missed the last two years. Rix has been quite impressive. Teammates are saying it appears some of his personal problems behind him.
This weekend the Miami and Florida Nike camp will take place. Several players, who are listing the Noles high, including QB's Xavier Lee and Cornelius Ingram will be displaying their skills. The Territory will be on hand at the Florida camp to be the Nole fans the latest on some of those players.
Collin Mickle and David Peters contributed to this report.