Lee is Ready for Spring

For anyone who follows Florida State football, it's the million-dollar question that is going to be answered this spring. Who is going to take over at quarterback? In the first of three interviews with the candidates, see what Xavier Lee's take is.

While he didn't realize it at the time, sitting and watching last season as FSU's offense floundered may have been a blessing in disguise.

"It was a extremely painful at some points but, at the same time, I made some of the same mistakes (in practice). I got to sit back and watch what not to do and that will make me better next year."

And then there was the buy-in factor, a realization of an investment.

"I also learned to be patient and not to rush anything. These coaches have won national championships. They know what to say they, and they know what to do, yada, yada, yada."

One thing Lee hopes they do is open up the offensive attack, even if its only marginally. Watching in 1999 as the Seminoles torched opposing defenses with Chris Weinke in the saddle, he said, made him an FSU fan.

"I definitely would spread it out and get it to the receivers a little more," Lee said. "It would make a guy like Leon Washington that much more explosive running the ball. I like to think about back in '99 and earlier when they had guys running all over the place, corner routes, releases... wide open. The offense has changed a lot from what it used to be.

"Hopefully it changes this year. You know I wasn't here the year before so I don't know why they are starting to call they plays they do."

Lee says understanding coverages and various defensive schemes has helped him to "grow tremendously" from high school, when he could just "sit back and throw it."

"I wasn't used to DLs dropping back and figuring out coverages and what the LBs are going to do," he said. "Now that I know what's going on, I'm a lot more comfortable."

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