On Pace

Florida State signed two highly-acclaimed quarterbacks last February in <b>Drew Weatherford </b> of Land O' Lakes and <b>Xavier Lee</b> of Daytona Beach Seabreeze. The pair continues to progress in practice behind starter <b>Chris Rix</b> and backup <b>Wyatt Sexon.</b> While fans are anxious to see the duo, it's unlikely either will play this season as long as Rix and Sexton remain healthy and productive. Click here for a quick update on Weatherford.

Drew Weatherford has no complaints as he enjoys his freshman season at childhood favorite Florida State.

"Everything is going great," Weatherford told TheTerritory following Tuesday's practice.

"The transition to college football is smooth so far and that's due to Chris' help and Wyatt's help. And coach Dickey continously gets on me about little funadmental things, but it has been great so far."

Weatherford and fellow freshman Xavier Lee continue to make favorable impressions on FSU practice fields behind starting quarterback Chris Rix and backup Wyatt Sexton.

While FSU fans are anxious to see Weatherford and Lee, it's unlikely either will play this season as long as Rix and Sexton remain healthy and productive.

Weatherford is comfortable with any decision made by the coaching staff.

"I am going to let the coaches figure it out," Weatherford said.

"I am ready if they need me to go play, but if they want me to redshirt that's fine with me as well. I am going to let them decide. I don't have a preference. I feel like they are going to do what's in my best interest and what's in the team's best interest more importantly."

While Lee is noted for his strong right arm -- he threw the football 75 yards during FSU's pregame warmups at Miami, nearly hitting television crews in the end zone -- Weatherford has been more poised and comfortable in the Seminoles' offense.

Lee played exclusively in the shotgun at Daytona Beach Seabreeze. Weatherford, meanwhile, excelled both behind center and in the shotgun at Land O' Lakes High and says he feels comfortable with either approach.

Weatherford has nudged in front of Lee for those reasons, according to coach Bobby Bowden.

"I think Weatherford is a little bit ahead because Xavier never played up under center, he was always in the shotgun," Bowden said.

"So getting up under the center is a little bit more strange to him, where as (Weatherford) was under center a lot in high school, so probably that is giving him an edge right now."

Weatherford also showed early at FSU this past summer, hoping to get a jumpstart on the Seminoles' offense.

That decision has paid dividends.

"The biggest difference is probably the timing of the routes and stuff like that," Weatherford said.

"Getting used to throwing the ball before their breaks, especially with their speed. To pick up the offense hasn't been as bad as I thought it would be. I picked up on it a lot faster than I thought I would."

Weatherford, yes-sir, no-sir polite, is thoroughly enjoying all aspects of collegiate life.

"Your days are pretty structured. It keeps you busy. You have study hall, which keeps you on top of your work. School-wise and socially, everything has been great. You don't have a lot of free time to yourself, but that's part of the deal."


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