Breaking Down the QB Race

This spring all eyes will be on the Seminole quarterbacks because this will be the first true quarterback battle in four years when Freshman Chris Rix and Sophomore Anquan Boldin when toe to toe. The Territory will break down the battle from all angles and we'll make a prediction of the victor.

This spring Sophomore Wyatt Sexton, redshirt Freshman Drew Weatherford and redshirt Freshman Xavier Lee will all battle for the open quarterback job and one of them hopes to be named the man to defeat the Hurricanes for the first time in seven tries on September 5th in Doak Campbell.
 
In the past Seminole Head Coach Bobby Bowden normally will go with the most experienced quarterback but word out of Tallahassee is that the legend is more opened minded this time around.  A lot of that probably has to do with the losing streak to in-state rival Miami Hurricanes.  Another factor is the talent of freshman Drew Weatherford and Xavier Lee.
 
Wyatt Sexton
 
Last season Wyatt Sexton was thrown into the fire in the third game of the season against Clemson when Chris Rix left the game early due to an ankle injury.  With the Seminoles trailing 7-3 late in the first quarter, the former Tallahassee Leon quarterback led the Noles to a 41-22 victory by passing for 176 yards and one touchdown.  The following week, he was even more impressive by going 20-31 for 199 yards and one touchdown.  Sexton was rolling but by mid-season, he started to struggle with consistency and he was replaced by Rix a few times.  For season, Sexton finished by going 139-252 for 1,661 yards with eight touchdowns and eight interceptions.
 
Strengths:  Sexton is an intelligent quarterback that was very good at remaining calm under pressure.  He has a very live arm and he's well liked by his teammates.
 
Weaknesses:  Sexton struggled with accuracy and he lacks the mobility to escape the pass-rush.  The 6-foot-3 and 186 pounder also struggled with injuries and he's been accused of at times of being too laid back.
 
High School Honors and Stats:  Graduated from Leon High School in 2002. He was ranked the No. 1 quarterback prospect in the state of Florida by Bill Buchalter and the Florida Times Union.  He was named the Most Valuable Player of the Florida/ Georgia All-Star game prior to enrolling at Florida State as a freshman by completing 12-of-19 passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns in just two quarters of action as Florida went on to win.  He threw for 2,193 yards, 19 touchdowns and was intercepted only seven times as a senior. Sexton graduated high school with a 4.0 GPA and scored 1,270 on the SAT.
 
Drew Weatherford
 
Weatherford played one snap as a freshman and he injured his ankle on that one play.  The 6-foot-3 and 205 pound standout missed the rest of the season and he was eventually rewarded a medical redshirt.  Last fall, the former Land O Lakes high school quarterback positioned himself ahead of fellow freshman Xavier Lee.  However, he was limited to practice snaps.
 
Strengths:  Weatherford has strong leadership abilities and he has won over the respect of his teammates.  He also has a very accurate and good arm.  He's known for being a fierce competitor.  As a junior, he brought his team back to victory five times late in the game.  His biggest strength is his work-ethic.
 
Weaknesses:  His biggest weakness now is his lack of college experience.  The former 4A player of the year sometimes tries to do too much by pressing.
 
High School Honors and Stats:  As a senior he was named the class 4A player of the year by passing for 2,000 and leading his team into the second of the playoffs. Weatherford, the Scout.com No. 11 rated quarterback in the country out of high school, participated in the Elite 11 quarterback camp where he was selected top leader at the camp.  Weatherford was 162-249 (65%) for 2,645 yards, 39 touchdown passes and only six interceptions as a junior. He played with torn cartilage in his knee all season and led his team to a 12-1 record.
 
Xavier Lee
 
Lee redshirted his freshman year mainly because he needed to adjust to being under center.  In high school he played in a shot-gun offense scheme.
 
Strengths:  Lee has an incredible arm and quarterback instincts.  He also is an outstanding athlete that could probably line up at wide receiver in an emergency.  He has the top overall talent of the three quarterbacks on the Seminole roster.
 
Weaknesses:  The 6-foot-4 and 210 pound standout is a quiet individual and he needs to work on his leadership skills.  He's also known for relying more on his talent than his work-ethic.  However, we are hearing reports on a new dedicated Lee in off-season workouts.
 
High School Honors and Stats:  The 6-foot-3 and 200 pound standout set Florida state high school records for passing completions (549), yards (9,083) and touchdown passes (98) in his four-year career at Daytona Beach Seabreeze.  Lee was voted a team captain by his teammates at the All-American Bowl in San Antonio and he was named Mr. Football in the state of Florida as a senior.
 
The Territory Prediction:
 
If Sexton can hold his own and at least remain even with the two young guns, then in my opinion Bobby Bowden will start him in the Miami game because of his experience.  If he lacks consistency in that game or any others don't be surprised to see one of the freshman get some game time.  If Weatherford or Lee finishes on top by a clear margin, one of them will get the early nod.  There's a very good chance that the job will remain open until the conclusion of two days in August.  My money is on Weatherford but that's just one man's opinion.  The former Land O Lakes standout seems to want it more than anyone else and he's already earned the respect of senior wide receiver Willie Reid.

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