"... the Seminoles 4-4, 2-4 ACC don't seem despondent.
They have a quarterback controversy that has infused not only some drama between Drew Weatherford and Xavier Lee but some enthusiasm about the possibilities.
"I feel much more secure now by what I saw happen the other night," coach Bobby Bowden said the day after a 27-24 loss at Maryland. "It makes you feel like you've got two quarterbacks instead of one. Now comes how you're going to use them."
St. Pete Times
"I can’t blame Florida State fans for feeling a bit giddy in the midst of its worst record in three decades. After all, the spark provided by quarterback Xavier Lee is something this program and its fans needed.
Lee’s performance in Saturday’s loss at Maryland was eye-opening, especially from a player who had shown little to even warrant a starting look all season. But Lee was cool and calm and nothing like the calamity of the Duke game."
Tom D'Angelo, Palm Beach Post
"Saturday night's 27-24 loss at Maryland officially eliminated the Seminoles (4-4, 2-4) from title contention.
Oddly enough, Sunday's mood around the players and coaches was surprisingly upbeat, considering the Seminoles still need two victories just to become bowl-eligible.
"I think in each game you see things happen that either leave a bad taste in your mouth, or a good taste," FSU coach Bobby Bowden said Sunday. "I had more good taste left in my mouth after [Saturday] night than I had bad."
Florida Times Union
"FSU got as close as the Maryland 18-yard line on its final series. But a potential game-winning touchdown turned, following a sack and a penalty, into a long field goal. And that barely got off the ground.
Maryland fans flooded the field, although beating FSU hardly seems notable these days in the ACC. As many teams have done it this season as have not.
Bowden now has plenty to mull without glancing toward the standings."
"The decision won't be announced until later in the week, possibly as late as the day of the game, but the most intriguing question surrounding Florida State football at the moment is whether Xavier Lee or Drew Weatherford will be the starting quarterback against Virginia.
"It's going to be exciting to see, I can tell you that," FSU running back Antone Smith said of the reborn quarterback competition on Sunday."
" Bowden was not ready Sunday to proclaim Lee the starter. Weatherford missed Saturday's game after sustaining a sprained ankle in a midweek practice, and Bowden usually doesn't take a starting job away from a player because of an injury.
On Sunday, however, Bowden said that rule is not etched in stone.
''We're going to play the guy that we think can help us win,'' he said."
Monday, October 30, 2006
Posted by tallynolefan at 12:52 PM