Wyatt Rewind

Florida State quarterback Wyatt Sexton was hospitalized Monday evening after creating a bizarre disturbance in which he jumped onto a car and referred to himself as "God" and the "son of God".


Following the encounter, Sexton – projected to start behind center for FSU in the fall - was taken to the psychiatric ward at Tallahassee Memorial Hospital. Sexton was not arrested and charges were not filed against him.

Responding to a pair of calls from concerned citizens, a Tallahassee police officer found Sexton lying in the middle of an intersection outside of a friend's home around 5:30 p.m. Monday wearing only a pair of wet athletic shorts.

Sexton made no response to Lyne's attempts at verbal contact, and the officer was forced use pepper spray to subdue Sexton when he sprung to his hands and knees and shouted expletives at him. Lyne then handcuffed the quarterback and waited for backup.

Officer Robert Todd then arrived and placed a hobble restraint on Sexton, who resisted arrest slightly, according to reports filed by both officers.

When asked for his identity, Sexton stated that he was "God" and the "son of God" before telling police that he was also "Wyatt Sexton."

Tallahassee Police Department spokesperson John T. Newland said that he was "unaware" if drugs or alcohol were to blame for the episode, and noted that neither were found on Sexton at the time he was detained.

Todd wrote in his report that: "Based on my training and experience, Sexton appeared to be under the influence of some unknown narcotic or alcohol. He was hot and sweaty, and was talking irrationally."

Earlier in the day, one motorist reported that Sexton jumped onto her car after she swerved to avoid hitting him. Another witness – the owner of a yard maintenance business – issued a sworn statement saying Sexton ran up to him gesturing wildly without speaking.

An acquaintance of Sexton told police that they had traveled with a group of friends to a music festival in Tennessee over the weekend and had returned Monday afternoon. The incident report also noted that the same friend commented that Sexton had been very stressed over the past week about "him being the starting quarterback in football for FSU."

Florida State head coach Bobby Bowden is vacationing and declined comment. Running backs coach Billy Sexton – Wyatt's father – was also unavailable Tuesday afternoon.

Rob Wilson, Florida State's Assistant Director of Athletics, spoke briefly with the media saying that, "Our first thought it was one of concern for Wyatt's health. We have known him since he was kicking around a football on the practice fields and the football was bigger than he was."

"Wyatt's health is our main concern right now and we have confidence in Wyatt," added center David Castillo, who delivered the news to the team. "We'll let the coaches and administration handle everything else."

With Sexton's future at Florida State possibly in jeopardy, the Seminoles may be forced to place their fortunes in the hands of redshirt freshmen Xavier Lee and Drew Weatherford at the quarterback position.

Weatherford, who had played just one down in a game situation (Lee has none), is recovering from off-season ankle surgery.

Both signal callers have been participating in voluntary workouts and player-led throwing sessions for the past ten days.

Sexton, who would be a redshirt junior in the fall, was suspended from the team June 3 for an unspecified violation of team rules. His absence from voluntary workouts last week drew concern from some teammates.

"We just want to get him back as soon as possible," Weatherford said. "I support Wyatt 100 percent just like the rest of the Seminole family."

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