Weatherford Wills a Win

Florida State center David Castillo joked before the season that redshirt freshman quarterback Drew Weatherford reminded him of Chris Weinke – just with a little more hair.

On Saturday, Weatherford showed glimpses of the Heisman Trophy winner as he helped to will the Seminoles out of a hairy situation in FSU's 35-27 come-from-behind win against Maryland.

"There's nothing I can do to describe his importance to you," junior tailback Lorenzo Booker said. "The dude is a quarterback but he plays with the mentality of a linebacker or a safety."

Weatherford's intangibles were showcased Saturday – the ACC's top passer wasn't armed with his best stuff against the Terps but managed to find ways to grit out the win and overcome a pair of interceptions that helped fuel 24 unanswered points by Maryland.

That included revealing a new dimension to his game – running the football. A near third turnover on a scramble in which he recovered his own fumble didn't shy Weatherford away from taking off for the go-ahead 15-yard touchdown run in the fourth.

The change was refreshing for a team whose chances have been buried by mistakes at the quarterback position in recent seasons.

"We used them to rally from," Weatherford said. "I made a few mistakes here and there and didn't have my best performance but everyone stuck behind me and we got it done."

"He showed he was a ballplayer out there today," linebacker A.J. Nicholson said.

After his touchdown run staked FSU to a 28-27 advantage, Weatherford patrolled the sidelines celebrating the score and rallying defensive teammates to make a stop.

"The excitement he brought ... let me tell you," Booker said. "He has this swagger that we haven't had around here since Chris Weinke."


The early indication from trainers was that tailback Leon Washington (ankle) and cornerback Tony Carter (shoulder) would likely be able to play next week when FSU hosts N.C. State.

Guard John Frady (shoulder) was injured on FSU's final series of the first half and did not return. His status will be revaluated early this week.

The Seminoles will get wide reciever De'Cody Fagg (shoulder) against the Wolfpack.

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