Freshman QB's To Redshirt

TALLAHASSEE – Xavier Lee and Drew Weatherford came to Florida State as two of the most heralded prep signal-callers in the nation. At least for this season, their coach hopes both will be holding clipboards and running the scout offense instead of tossing spirals in game situations.

FSU coach Bobby Bowden confirmed once again on Monday that he would prefer to redshirt both Lee – the former Seabreeze standout – and Weatherford rather than use one this season in order to get a year of separation between them.  But they've been getting adequate snaps in FSU's scrimmages and 11-on-11 situations, just in case.

  "We could go all season without having to play one of them or someone could get hurt and we'd have to use one," Bowden said. "Bottom line – it's way to early to tell what is going to happen."


  The ideal situation, Bowden said, would involve starter Chris Rix and redshirt sophomore backup Wyatt Sexton staying injury-free this season and carrying the load behind center to allow both freshmen to progress.


 "That's what you'd like to do," said Bowden, who has customarily waited to start quarterbacks until their redshirt junior year. "We could play one (freshman QB) and let them get a little experience but Wyatt needs the reps as much as anyone. We're going to take this thing day by day and hope everyone stays healthy."


 Lee has impressed coaches and teammates since arriving on campus for voluntary conditioning workouts in July. He caught more than one stare after throwing a football 65 yards from his knees after one workout.



 "I'm just going in and trying to learn as much as I can, get big and get better," Lee said. "I want to learn as much of the system as fast as I can. Soon Chris (Rix) is going to be gone so someone has to step up and take his place."


The reality is that the impending vacancy at quarterback has fans and message board regulars more up in arms than the players themselves. In fact, Lee and Weatherford had forged a friendship long before arriving in Tallahassee.


 "We've always got along good," Weatherford said. "Everybody thinks it's a rivalry but he's a good friend and I'm a good friend. We look out for each other. He helps me out and I help him out. That's what teammates are for."


 A Bowden one-liner summed up the situation best.


 "Their day will come," he said.











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