He later elaborated on his decision.
"Weatherford will start the ballgame Saturday unless something happens in practice that could change our mind," Bowden told a small group of the media after the luncheon. "We talked about it a long time this morning and felt like really (Xavier) Lee performs better when he comes in off the bench."
"That was probably one of our biggest factors in deciding it. That's the way we'll go."
Bowden cited Weatherford's experience as the determining factor in choosing the starter under center against a Gator team that is looking for a 10th win.
"That is a factor when you consider one of them has 21 starts under his belt. The other one has a couple," Bowden said. "You can change it on one play if you want to. We just felt like this is the best thing for us."
Drew Weatherford to start against UF Saturday
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