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Florida State was trailing 26-10 against Virginia and reserve QB Xavier Lee was one series away from taking over. Then QB Drew Weatherford engineered his best drive of the night.
"At one time in that game, it was late, we had decided that we would put Lee in the game," said coach Bobby Bowden. "We would give Drew (Weatherford) one more shot and he took them about 80 yards for a touchdown. So then we just stayed with him. We came that close."
Bowden said the coaches will talk on Friday about how soon and when they want to get Lee involved in Saturday's match-up at Duke. Lee has received playing time in four of the Seminoles' six games this season and will likely get another shot against the Blue Devils, which have the worst scoring defense in the ACC.
"You sure would like to (get Lee in the game)," said Bowden. "We haven't gotten control of a ballgame enough to get him the work that I would like to get him. We might force ourselves to do it earlier this week."
Offensive coordinator Jeff Bowden said that he felt one of the mistakes last week was not shuffling enough fresh players into the lineup.
"We're just going to make sure that doesn't happen again," said Bowden. "(Xavier) Lee could've been fresh."
O'NEAL ON THE MOVE
Kenny O'Neal wanted to make the shift long ago, and Jeff Bowden agrees it may have been a few weeks coming. After spending time at flanker, O'Neal is rotating to split end.
"We've been wanting to do it and he's been wanting to do it, so now is the time," Bowden said. "He's been kind of non-existent this whole season out wide. We felt like the move to all that field would benefit him, but he has not been comfortable with it."
Bowden said because De'Cody Fagg and Fred Rouse will both be unavailable against the Blue Devils there will be some new faces in the three-and-four-wide sets.
"You'll have Joslin Shaw at (split end) and if I need to I'll have Rod Owens in the slot," said Bowden.
JOE MANNING DISMISSAL
Bobby Bowden confirmed Tuesday that freshman CB Joe Manning had been dismissed from the team. Bowden refrained from commenting on any further specifics.
"Nothing to say except that he was dismissed," Bowden said.
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