"When coach (John) Lilly asked us last year individually what we were looking for at QBs, not only did I say obviously talent but field awareness and presence," Dickey said.
"That's something we wanted to go out and evaluate early and hard. I felt that Drew Weatherford is a tremendous competitor but also had great field presence and handled himself and handled his team tremendously. That's why we went after him so hard, so quick to get him into the fold.
"And Xavier, we felt the same way. He has great presence. When he went to his All-Star game this postseason, he was voted team captain for what he did for his football team. Here again, we have two guys who do a great job on the football field. They have football smarts, have football savvy and they are also great players. That's a real plus."
"They both are saying, 'I am going to be that guy,' " Dickey said.
"They are both very competitive and they want to compete and they think they can come in here and do that, which is great because that's what we want them to think. And that's what coach Bowden has told them. Come in here with the attitude you are going to play because we want you to work hard in the summer and be prepared when you come in August and we'll let the chips fall where they may when August practice comes. I fully expect them to come in and do everything they can to get as far as they can as quick as they can."
Dickey also has plenty of faith in Sexton, who played sparingly last season but impressed the coaching staff with a solid spring a year ago. Sexton looks to continue that development this year before having to fend off the newcomers in Weatherford and Lee.
"I am very comfortable with Wyatt Sexton and I think he's going to be a fine football player," Dickey said. "He will certainly earn the opportunity to have that right (2005 starter)because of his perservance and his patience. And I think he's going to be a very good player."
Regarded by some as the top quarterback prospect in the country...holds Florida's all-time record for passing yards (9,082), completions (549) and TD's (98)...named Florida's Mr. Football for 2003...earned first-team all-state and 3A Player of the Year...in 10 games during the 2003 season he rushed for 567 yards on 104 carries with 10 TD's...was 198-for-361 (54 percent) for 3,133 yards, 37 TD's and only 7 INT's...was again named first-team all-state as a junior and was named 3A Player of the Year for the second straight year...rushed for 461 yards and 13 TD's and was 188-for-304 (62 percent) passing for 3,075 yards with 33 TD's and 10 INT's...was a member of the East squad in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl played on January 3, 2004 in San Antonio, TX...has been timed at 4.50 in the 40...picked Florida State over Texas and Auburn.
As a junior he earned all state honors after going 151-215 (70 percent) for 2,494 yards, 37 TD's and 2 interceptions. ... completed 172 passes on 341 (50%) attempts for 2,639 yards and 20 TD's as a senior...also rushed for 470 yards and 10 TD's...played safety as well and had 120 tackles and 8 inteceptions as as his team finished 8-5 in 2003...was named Florida's 4A Player of the Year...was one of the QB's for Team Florida in the California-Florida Bowl played on January 2...originally from Texas, his father and grandfather played for SMU...a classic pro-style quarterback who has a great arm and very good skills...has been timed at 4.70 in the 40...picked Florida State over Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and NC State.