Sunday Football Notes

Wyatt Sexton's numbers in Florida State's 38-16 win over North Carolina Saturday attested that his first career start under center for the Seminoles (3-1) was a successful one. Sexton, who tallied 191 yards and a trio of touchdown passes against the Tar Heels, also received some positive reviews from teammates on some of the more intangible facets of his performance.


"The fact that his is so calm no matter what is one thing I think this entire team is able to feed on," tailback Lorenzo Booker said. "He gives you that feeling that you don't have to come out here and be all uptight. After all, this is something we have all been doing since we were eight or nine."

Given the opportunity with starter Chris Rix out indefinitely with an ankle sprain, Sexton made an early impression. But after completing nine of his first ten passes, the Tallahassee native cooled off and allowed the running game to take over.

Perhaps most importantly, Sexton kept an even keel throughout, even after committing his first career turnover with a third-quarter interception.

"That's the kind of guy you want at the controls when you play in places like Gainesville," Booker said. "He's a guy that's calm enough to run the offense in a hostile environment. I think that characteristic is going to go along way for Wyatt."

Word even had it Sexton even cracked a joke or two in the huddle, something teammates never saw from Rix, who takes on a more intense persona in game situations.

"Nothing like, ‘hey why did the chicken cross the road'," Booker said. "More like one-liners…like ‘hey what is that guy wearing in the stands?'"

Fellow tailback Leon Washington said Sexton is the same person on the field as off. When he's not on the gridiron, the easy-going Sexton enjoys playing guitar and listening to music.

"He's a groovy guy back there in the pocket," Washington said. "He's has to be groovy because he can't really take off and run anywhere."

LEE TO SIT:

True freshman quarterback Drew Weatherford was supposed to play the fourth quarter Saturday. Weatherford, however, sprained his ankle on a design bootleg on his very first play.

Rather than call on former Seabreeze standout Xavier Lee, FSU coach Bobby Bowden sent Sexton back to the huddle until the games's final series, when walk-on Thomas Keane ran out the clock on the win.

"I didn't want to bring Lee in," Bowden said. "I didn't want to waste his (year) - you are nearly wasting Drew's year. I say wasting but at least you get some experience, so I didn't want to put Lee up and we put a walk-on in there. With Weatherford slightly hurt and Rix slightly hurt and Sexton healthy, we will probably try to work those guys (walk-ons Keane and Jared Whipkey) in."

Nole Digest Top Stories