A Day in the Life of QB Drew Weatherford
Drew's day begins with a cell phone call from a training room staffer. Though he doesn't have class for another hour, he'll have to forgo some extra shuteye to get an MRI on his sore right knee. Weatherford says the knee began flaring up late in the summer because he over-compensated his weight to avoid putting pressure on his surgically-repaired left ankle. Can't be too cautious heading into the season…
An hour and half, a cortisone shot and a doctor's note later, Weatherford heads for class.
Business Calc, everyone's favorite. Most of us had to learn it. Few of us will ever use it. The pink slip with the trainer's signature ensures that Weatherford will be immune from any repercussions from Professor Dodaro as he strolls into his Love building section about 20 minutes late.
After class, Weatherford is forced to improvise when he finds that a careless construction worker has parked wheelbarrow too close to his Mustang. The passenger door is still accessible, so Weatherford climbs in and heads back to the Moore Athletic Center, putting the unsightly monolith that is Kellum Hall into his rearview mirror.
The mini-fiasco could have been avoided by parking a faculty spot right outside of the Love, but – like many of us – Weatherford has been burned one too many times by FSU parking enforcement. And no, he's never thought about parking in a handicapped space. "Just not my style," he says.
When Drew arrives at the Moore Center (building adorned with the Bobby Bowden stained glass spectacle on the northwest wide of the stadium), Herb is waiting in a classroom for their scheduled tutoring session. Both members of the athletic department's academic support staff, Herb (Monday/Wednesday) and Cory (Tuesday/Thursday) assist Weatherford with his coursework. It's totally optional, but Weatherford takes advantage of it because, he says, it's tougher to focus at home.
An hour of dealing with derivatives can work up an appetite. Today, the Moore training table has roast beef sandwiches and a salad bar.
The newly-acquired knowledge pays off. Weatherford books a 90 on his quiz in Calc recitation. Thanks, Herb.
With the start of two-a-day practices around the corner, the media is starting to frenzy over both Lee and Weatherford, one of which will make will earn the chore of making his first career start behind center Sept. 5 against Miami. Today is no different – with a photo shoot scheduled with the Miami Herald a few minutes away, sports information director Jeff Purinton busies himself with getting both quarterbacks equipped with their home garnets and a bag of footballs.
Weatherford stands two floors up in the shell of what will become the new psychology building, chatting on his cell phone as Lee mugs for the camera a few feet away. Following the "From the Ground Up" theme that the Herald has chosen for its preseason football insert, the photographer has both quarterbacks pose with hardhats and two-by-fours. The real construction crew looks on in curious bewilderment. While Lee takes his turn in front of the camera, Weatherford talks with a reporter from Thomasville on his cell phone. They trade chores a few minutes later. After that, it's back down the ladder and back to the Moore Center.
Drew has a little while to catch his breath and grab a bite to eat with Lee, his good friend and former roommate. They return to the locker room to find linebackers Buster Davis, Ernie Sims, A.J. Nicholson, Sam McGrew and Marcello Church shooting a skit with Seminole Productions that will air on the stadium jumbotron minutes before the Seminoles take the field against Miami.
Quarterbacks coach Daryl Dickey welcomes all four of his signal callers into the offense's conference room for their scheduled meeting. During the offseason, coaches are only allowed two hours per week to talk football with their players. Weatherford and company spend this session reviewing the overhaul that the playbook has undertaken this summer. Even when Weatherford doesn't have a meeting booked with Dickey of offensive coordinator Jeff Bowden, there's a good chance that that self-admitted film junkie will be hard at work anyway.
A big believer in community service, Drew accompanies Lee, linebacker Lawrence Timmons and safety Kyler Hall to Alumni Village to meet and greet with some of the neighborhood's children. All four players take turns throwing footballs, signing autographs and mingling with residents under the supervision of community outreach coordinators John Latta and Jason Williams.
Time to eat again. Weatherford settles on the Wednesday all-you-can-eat special at Los Compadres on Pensacola Street and kills a couple plates supporting varying combinations of meat, beans, cheese, tomatoes and lettuce. "Mexican food is the best," Weatherford said. "I could eat it every meal."
The ambitious day is over and Weatherford returns home to relax. It's toward the end of the summer semester, so he decides to study some for his Calc final before catching a little T.V. After a little channel surfing, it's lights out.
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