Sunday's Breakfast With Bobby

Florida State coach Bobby Bowden talked to the media Sunday morning about the play of back-up quarterback Wyatt Sexton against Clemson, Saturday. Although he had not reviewed game tape yet, Bowden said there were a lot of positives that Sexton showed, including his ability to execute the offense under pressure and keep the ball out of the hands of opposing defenders.

On the surface, his father probably looked more nervous than he did, but that's just part of Wyatt Sexton's personality.

He's easy going and mild mannered, and on Saturday when it was his turn to take over for injured starting quarterback Chris Rix, Wyatt's cool approach helped him ease into action to lead Florida State past Clemson, 41-22.

"I didn't see nervousness. He's pretty good at not showing things like that. He's a quiet guy that you can't see nervousness in," FSU coach Bobby Bowden Sunday morning during his breakfast with the media. The nervousness was there, though, Sexton admitted after the game. He said he felt a little rattled when he came in, but that feeling went away quickly, building off the cheers of the crowd he was able to collect himself. Sexton managed the offense enough to keep Florida State ahead, and when the pressure came, coaches said he reacted well.

"I did know he could do what he did, but I didn't know he would do what he did because I haven't had him in that situation before," Bowden said. "He 1-0. So far, so good."

He's also kept the ball in the hands of his receivers. Bowden said he was pleased with the fact that Sexton hasn't committed any turnovers, while notching Florida State's first passing touchdown.

When Sexton entered the game, the offensive scheme didn't change much. They kept the majority of the same plays they would have run, had Rix still been in the game.

"There might be some quarterback running plays that we might have used, but we didn't. He can do that too, but not as good as Chris (Rix)," Bowden said. "(Some general) said ‘the most important thing in the world when you go into battle is the battle plan, but once the first bullets fired it's gone,' and sometimes that happens in football, too."

Bowden said they prepared for Clemson by studying tape from last year, and examining the blitz packages and defenses they used. The Tigers caught FSU by surprise, Saturday, by brining different looks than the ‘Noles had seen in the past. At halftime, the coaching staff made the necessary adjustments and Sexton put their plan into action.

"We were butting heads there against the wrong stuff for a while, so our problems early were a result of Clemson and not us," Bowden said.

Sexton's ability to execute in a game was a question that Bowden had pondered over the past few weeks, but Bowden knew from what he had seen in practice and in the past that Sexton had potential.

At Leon high school, Sexton's intelligence and the way he tossed a football caught Bowden's attention. Sexton was ranked third in Florida for passing as a senior, throwing for 2,193 yards, 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions. After reviewing Sexton's numbers, Bowden said the coached convened, but kept Sexton's father, running backs coach Billy Sexton, out of the discussions because he didn't want coach Sexton to think the only reason FSU was recruiting Wyatt was because he was a coach's son.

Sexton proved to more than that against Clemson, but Bowden still wants to take things slow with him, saving judgment for at least a few more games.

"We can only base it in one game in what he saw at home, we can't say that his career will be a game player because he's only had one test," Bowden said.

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