Player Q&A: Drew Weatherford Part 2

In the second of two parts, FSU starting quarterback Drew Weatherford opens up about not throwing interceptions and the play of the wide receivers - both good and bad.

Q: Greg Carr seemed to be his old self Saturday against Rice. Do you see that?

A: I don't think there is any doubt about it. He played much more intense. Every play he played hard. Whether it was catching the ball or it was blocking it seemed like he was very focused and determined to not prove the coaches wrong but just make a statement and just show that he's a big play kind of guy. He's not just going to be the guy that catches the deep ball but be in every facet of the game whether it's run-blocking or catching a little slant and making something happen. He really played hard.

Q: There was a third down early in the game where you went to him and he made two guys miss to get the first down. Is that the thing that you maybe want to get more out of him? His ability in the open field.

A: Definitely. The thing about him. It's tough for DB s to bring him down. He's just long. He's really long and big. Even though he's not necessarily the strongest guy in the world, it's tough to get your arms around him. He's long and can get a stuff arm on you. He moves a lot better than what people think.

Q: Chris Davis has struggled mightily in his last season at FSU. How much do you talk to him to keep his confidence up?

A: It's got to be frustrating for him … he just can't get in a rhythm. Things just really haven't gone his way. But it's almost a good thing. I hope teams forget about him because once they do it will get ugly.

Q: What do you do to keep him upbeat?

A: There's certain guys you've got to worry about. Chris isn't one of those guys. He's a very confident guy. He understands football. He understands how it works. He's been playing it a long time. He's knows how you can go through droughts where you don't really do much and then explode and have a big game or a big couple of games. I don't think he's the type of guy that you need to worry about losing confidence or getting upset with how things are going.

Q: What about Richard Goodman? He has had a few drops this year but is a lot younger than Davis.

A: It's a little different situation with Rich just cause he's younger. I don't know him quite as well … I will probably end up encouraging Richard a lot more and talking to him, letting him know that it's going to be fine. It's just funny … he's dropped two balls. The whole season. You know what I mean? He's good enough to not drop another ball the rest of the season. It's just funny to me how fast people start point the finger at him. Even as a football team, people lose confidence in him. It's been two balls. That's what he needs to realize. He's probably going to catch 30 balls during the season. Two drops is not that big of a deal. They happened early. He just needs to forget about it. I haven't lost any confidence in him. He's got some of the best hands on the team. He makes incredible catches. He just needs to concentrate on it. I think he's just trying to run before he catches the ball. I think he's excited when the ball is coming to him and he's trying to make something happen because we haven't really called his number a lot. When we do he's trying to make big plays, which is great. That's what I love about him. He's a competitor. He wants to make big plays and he's gonna make big plays. He just needs to realize he needs to catch the ball before he does that. He makes more great catches in practice than anybody does. Without a doubt.

Q: You aren't throwing many interceptions. That's got to make you feel good through four games.

A: Yeah, I feel good but at the same time, though, I don't really think about it during the game at all. I don't know. I guess I've been too concerned at times and to be honest just feel like I am making good decisions. The mistakes that I was making last year trying to push the ball downfield are the things I'm trying not to do this year. I feel like I've done a good job of it. The coaches have done a good job of putting me in good situations where I haven't had to force the ball down the field by their play calls and things like that. A perfect example is that third and long (against Rice), instead of trying to throw something down the field they let Greg catch it and get a first down with his legs instead of trying to push it down the field.

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