The Seminoles return four starters on offense, most significantly quarterback Drew Weatherford, who earned freshman All-America honors in 2005 after breaking Philip Rivers' ACC passing yardage record for first-year signal callers. Weatherford completed 276-of-469 passes for 3,208 yards with 21 total touchdowns (three rushing) and 18 interceptions – a number he will look to lower in 2006. Weatherford's passing yardage was the third-best in FSU single season history behind only Chris Weinke (2000) and Thad Busby (1997).
Coaches had hoped to get fellow sophomore Xavier Lee some extensive time this spring, but shoulder surgery will likely keep the talented QB on the sideline until August practices begin.
With Lee on the shelf, Christian Ponder will get a taste of big-time football right off the bat. Ponder graduated from Colleyville (Texas) High School early and arrived in January. Walk-ons Tommy Keane and Jared Whipkey will also get their fair share of work behind center.
The absence of Lee is not a favorable aspect of spring training for the QBs. It will be important for one of the other QBs besides Weatherford to step up and hopefully for all to avoid injuries.
Tuesday, March 14, 2006
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