QB Update

It appears <b>Wyatt Sexton</b> could be at the helm of Florida State's offense for the next few weeks - if not beyond -- as the Seminoles continue preparations for Saturday's road game at Syracuse. Senior <b>Chris Rix</b> continues to recover from a high ankle sprain suffered against Clemson. FSU also has questions at backup quarterback, where true freshman <b>Drew Weatherford</b> also is trying to recover from a high ankle sprain suffered on his only play against North Carolina last Saturday.

Florida State offensive coordinator Jeff Bowden has echoed the sentiment of many concerning the play of sophomore quarterback Wyatt Sexton.

Simply, Sexton has been super, especially in the Seminoles' passing game.

Joking in the huddle aside, Sexton has made good decisions in the pocket and displayed a deft touch.

"I thought he made some great throws," Bowden said of Sexton's performance against North Carolina last Saturday.

"He threw a corner route to (Chauncey) Stovall like we hadn't had in a long time. It reminded me of a (Danny) Wuerffel throw. He threw it early and put air on it. The wideout hadn't even made his break, got his head around, the ball was there and he can adjust.

"That's just a feel."

And FSU continues to feel good about Sexton, who has replaced the injured Chris Rix in the Seminoles' lineup.

FSU head coach Bobby Bowden continues to say he's unsure of Rix's return. If Rix's high ankle sprain lingers, Sexton could be at the helm for quite some time.

Following Saturday's road game at Syracuse, FSU's October schedule features a home showdown against Virginia (Oct. 16) and road games at Wake Forest (Oct. 23) and Maryland (Oct. 30).

The Seminoles end with Duke (Nov. 6), North Carolina State (Nov.11) and Florida (Nov. 20).

Although Sexton's practice habits continue to be a topic of conversation, Jeff Bowden has been pleased with Sexton's approach.

"(The) best way to compare both of them, he's not as much of a high-rep guy," Bowden said of Sexton when asked to compare Sexton and Rix.

"He's just more natural than Chris is. Chris is a guy that you have to rep rep rep. It's two different guys. I've always said Chris has a linebacker mentality playing quarterback. That almost explains it as good as I can. The other kid is a litle more natural."

FSU, of course, also has concerns at the backup quarterback position as well due to injury.

True freshman Drew Weatherford continues to receive treatment for a high ankle sprain suffered on his only play against UNC. A decision concerning his availability for Saturday's game is expected today.

If Weatherford is unable to go, then it appears more likely that Xavier Lee, the acclaimed freshman from Daytona Beach, will be prepared for a backup role.

Lee took snaps Tuesday with the second-team offense and continued to work behind center. Lee worked exclusively from the shotgun offense in high school.

"I still want to redshirt," Lee said.

"But if the team needs me, I would lose that redshirt as fast as possible to keep this team in the championship picture.''

Bobby Bowden was pleased with Lee's play.

"He did better (in practice Tuesday) than I realized, which is good," Bowden said.

"He got some good work. If we had to do it, we'll do it (play Lee). If the other guy (Weatherford) can't go, you might be better off getting a medical hardship for him and going with Xavier."

Walkon Tommy Keane, who played in the final minute against the Tar Heels, could also see action if needed against the Orange.

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