Wednesday's Practice Report

Though Wyatt Sexton remains the front runner to take over the quarterback chores come fall, his challengers are getting increasing notice from the coaching staff as spring drills move forward.

Sexton struggled in Wednesday's half scrimmage, throwing an interception on the first play and completing just one pass for positive yardage. The rising junior also took five sacks on the afternoon.

Meanwhile, freshman understudies Drew Weatherford and Xavier Lee drew praise for solid performances.

"Wyatt didn't give us a spark today for whatever reason," offensive coordinator Jeff Bowden said. "We just have to look at the film to figure out whether that was due to protection breakdowns or him. I did see some plays where he could have sidestepped the pressure but took a sack instead."

On a scrimmage day designed to give the running game the majority of the attention, none of the quarterbacks got much of an opportunity to showcase their arms. Instead, execution was put to the test with Weatherford and Lee gaining the upper hand.

Weatherford, for example, showed he could use the snap count as a weapon by drawing the defense offside once in each of his three series at the helm.

Lee, who struggled making the transition from his high school spread offense to FSU's scheme last fall, displayed a much more fluid dropback and exchange from under center than in the past. He also threw a crowd-pleasing block in goal line drills that allowed freshman tailback Jamaal Edwards to score and incited a loud cheer from his teammates.

"That's the funny thing," head coach Bobby Bowden said. "Lee was the only one that didn't have to drop back in high school and now he might drop back better than any of them (now)."

"I definitely feel more comfortable out there," Lee added. "Right now I'm just trying to do all those little things that will help me to get better every day."

Bowden went on to say that all three signal callers could get equal reps in Saturday's full scrimmage. Sexton took the majority of the snaps Wednesday.

"Today we let Wyatt get a few more snaps than they did today," Bowden said. "We did to get some extra time to evaluate him. Funny thing was, No.
9 (Lee) and No. 11 (Weatherford), I think, got the better of him today.
Wyatt had a rough time."

SIMS HURT: Outside linebacker Ernie Sims was carted off the field after sustaining an injury to his right ankle while making a tackle. The severity the injury has not been determined.

"They'll need to run a few more tests," Bowden said.

Sims is the starter at Will (weakside) linebacker and was voted an all-American by ESPN.com last season.

It was tough to see what happened, as Sims was at the bottom of a pileup after a Lamar Lewis run. He was down for about two minutes, forcing the offense to drive in the other direction.

The injury happened one series after a scuffle broke out. Sims and Leon Washington appeared to be at the center of it.

HIT OF THE DAY

On the first series of the afternoon, FS Pat Watkins leveled Robert Hallback trying to made a catch on a drag route about 5 yards out.
Hallback had the ball in his hands before Watkins sent it flying with the hit.

The play was as cognitive as it was physical.

"I read the three step and Coach Andrews has been preaching about reading the three step all week," Watkins said. "I just happened to read it well and broke on the ball. I don't think he could say anything, he looked dazed. I think I hit him with a pretty good shot."

"I just try to make as many plays as possible."

UNOFFICIAL STATS:

Rushing Lorenzo Booker (7 carries, 51 yards) Lamar Lewis (7 carries, 34
yards) Jamaal Edwards (5 carries, 26 yards) Leon Washington (5 carries, 25
yards)

Passing Xavier Lee (1-for-4, 12 yards) Drew Weatherford (2-for-4, 6 yards) Wyatt Sexton (3-for-8, 4 yards)

Receiving Kenny O'Neal (2 catches, 17 yards) Lorenzo Booker (2 catches, 5
yards) James Coleman (1 catch, 1 yard) De'Cody Fagg (1 catch, -1 yard)

Defense A.J. Nicholson (8 tackles, 1 sack) Roger Williams (5 tackles, 1 INT, 1 pass break-up) Sam McGrew (4 tackles, 1 sack) Buster Davis (3 tackles, 1 sack) Kamerion Wimbley (2 tackles, 2 sacks) Clifton Dickson (2 tackles, 1 sack)
 


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