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    Friday, December 28, 2007

    Head to Head Matchup: Quarterback

    Kentucky's offense is led by its highly gifted quarterback Andre Woodson, Woodson's junior season was his break out season with Woodson leading the Wildcats to a 7-5 regular season, and their first bowl win in 22 years, in the Music City Bowl. Not only did he lead his team but also led the SEC in passing yards with 3,515, and became only the second Kentucky quarterback to throw 30or more touchdowns in a single season.

    Last fall, he led the conference in passing yards, touchdown passes, and total offense despite a minus-137 net yards rushing.Woodson’s career interception ratio of one per 54.3 passes is the lowest in SEC history for passers with a minimum of 400 attempts.

    The 6-5 and 230 pound Senior is what makes the Wildcat offense go.In 2007, Woodson had 36 TDs, 10 interceptions, and passed for 3.351 yards. His passing completion percentage was 63%. He was also sacked 35 times. In the last game of the season, Woodson threw for 420 yards and 6 TDs in a disappointing 52-50 loss against Tennessee. Woodson has plenty of talented receivers including tight end Jacob Tamme who has 5 TDs on the season.

    A drop back passer in the NFL mold, Woodson isn’t much of a threat to run, but he possesses the deadliest arm in the SEC. "He's not a running quarterback," Kentucky linebacker Derek Nicholson said. "He'll kill you with his arm. He'll pull it down and run if he has to. He's more of a pro-style quarterback where he'd rather throw it all day than pull it down and run." Woodson has minus-167 yards rushing on the year and Kentucky is 104th nationally in sacks allowed with nearly three per game.

    Woodson is in his third season as Kentucky's starting quarterback. He set an NCAA record by throwing 325 consecutive passes without an interception from the end of the 2006 season into 2007. He is third on Kentucky's all-time passing list behind Jared Lorenzen and Tim Couch. He is 31 yards short of catching Couch for second place.

    Key Stat: In 2007, Woodson led the SEC in passing.

    Drew Weatherford will be the starter for the Noles in the Music City Bowl. Weatherford for 2007 ranked 6th in the ACC in passing offense. Of the top 12 quarterbacks in the ACC, Weatherford ranks 9th in least number of TDs with eight. The one stat in which he has excelled is interceptions having thrown only one for the season. He has completed 58.9 % of his passes and thrown for 1,773 yards.

    It is safe to assume that FSU fans know what to expect from Weatherford. He does not have the ability to scramble and does not throw the long ball. It will be critical that Drew makes the proper reads and is able to complete passes that can keep the ball moving. A lot of three and outs will spell a loss given the depleted defensive unit and the inability to put points on the board.

    Key Stat: FSU ranked #4 in passing offense in ACC for 2007.

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