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Florida State Football Position Analysis: Quarterbacks

June 18, 2004

Chris Rix enters his senior campaign with 34 career starts under his belt and at the controls of an offense that with nine starters returning has the potential to be one of the most effective in school history. Rix, who has a 24-10 record as the starter with four of the losses coming at the hands of Miami, will be counted on to make the right decisions at the right time to keep the offensive machine going.

Rix’s physical talent is undisputed as he combines a strong arm, great speed, courage and unquestioned toughness. He has received criticism in the past for his decision making on and off the field, and his ability to mature in both areas likely will be a strong predictor of FSU’s success this season.

Rix has climbed the FSU record book over his previous three years as the starter and begins his senior campaign ranked second all-time in career passing yardage (7,525), touchdown passes (60) and total offense. He threw for 3,107 yards last year, completing 216 of his 382 passes (56.5 percent). He connected on 23 touchdown passes while throwing 13 interceptions.

The good news for quarterbacks coach Daryl Dickey is that over his career at FSU, Rix has proven both tough and resilient. The bad news is that the lack of depth at the position may have coaches on the edge of their seats each time he takes contact. Wyatt Sexton is the only other returning scholarship quarterback. Sexton redshirted as a true freshman in 2002 and played in just five games last year. His career numbers include just five pass attempts and three completions, but his pedigree raises optimism. The son of long-time FSU running backs coach Billy Sexton, Wyatt has shown good command of the offense over the course of last season and especially this past spring.

FSU’s thin lineup at quarterback suggests that either, or perhaps even both, of the highly touted incoming freshman quarterbacks will see playing time this year. Xavier Lee has the physical size at 6-4, 200 pounds to play right away and the state’s Mr. Football out of Daytona Beach comes in as one of the most highly regarded players in the country. Drew Weatherford also has the size that suggests he could take the physical aspect of the game and FSU coaches pointed to his unusual maturity and focus as some of the qualities that made him so attractive to them as a high school player.

While there will be tremendous talent at quarterback, there is no question that without Rix in the game, FSU will be very low on experience at the crucial position.

QB 16 Chris Rix 6-4 210 SR
19 Wyatt Sexton 6-3 206 SO

#16 Chris Rix
Quarterback, 6-4, 210, Senior
Santa Margarita, CA (Catholic)

At Florida State: The first four-year starter at quarterback in the Bowden era…started all 13 games at quarterback last season…has compiled a 24-10 record in his 34 career starts…ranks second all-time at FSU behind Chris Weinke in career passing yardage, touchdown passes and total offense…had his first career 3,000-yard passing season in 2003…named the offensive MVP and the most improved quarterback following spring drills…earned Freshman All-America honors from the Sporting News and was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Freshman of the Year in 2000.

Junior Year (2003): Threw for a career-high 3,107 yards as the starter in all 13 games…tallied 23 touchdowns through the air against 13 interceptions…went 30-for-39 for a career-high 394 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions in the win over Colorado…also threw for 300 or more yards against Wake Forest (339) and Notre Dame (327)…completed 14-of-19 passes for 256 yards without an interception in FSU’s 38-34 win at Florida…52-yard touchdown pass to P.K. Sam with 0:55 remaining was the game-winner against the Gators…longest completion of the year came on a 79-yard touchdown to Craphonso Thorpe at Virginia…second on the team with five rushing touchdowns on the season…ranked fifth on the team in rushing with 130 yards on 89 attempts…ran for a season-high 41 yards and scored on once on eight carries against Georgia Tech…earned the Hinesman Award as the Most Dominant Player in spring practice.

Sophomore Year (2002): Started nine games at quarterback – the first eight and the regular season finale against Florida…had a 6-3 record as a starter…lost the starting job after the Seminoles’ game against Notre Dame but led the Seminoles to a 31-14 victory over Florida to close the regular season…threw two touchdown passes to Anquan Boldin…completed 13-of-29 passes for 194 yards while rushing for a career-high 83 yards in the victory over Florida…named ACC Offensive Back of the Week following his performance against UF…finished the season with 1,684 passing yards and rushed for 289 yards…completed 118-of-225 passes with 13 touchdowns…threw for over 200 yards four times (Iowa State, Maryland and Duke and Notre Dame)…season-high of 244 yards and two touchdowns came in Florida State’s victory over Duke…his season-high of 17 completions (on 25 attempts) came in the season-opening win over Iowa State while his season-high of 32 attempts (with 13 completions) was against Notre Dame.

Freshman Year (2001): Earned Freshman All-America honors from The Sporting News and was named the ACC Freshman of the Year…started all 12 games including Florida State’s victory over Virginia Tech in the Gator Bowl…established a new conference record for total offense in a single season by a freshman (3,123)…led the ACC and ranked eighth nationally in pass efficiency with a career-high 156.6 mark…the ACC’s second leading passer with an average of 248.5 passing yards per game…also ranked second in the ACC in total offense behind only Clemson’s Woody Dantzler…ranked 12th nationally among all players in total offense…finished third on the team with 389 rushing yards and surpassed Charlie Ward’s rushing total (339 yards) during his Heisman Trophy winning season in 1993…established a Florida State freshman record with 2,734 yards passing…became the first Seminole freshman quarterback to pass for more than 2,500 yards… season-high .762 completion percentage came against Wake Forest (16-of-21) as he threw for 345 yards and three touchdowns…345 yards passing came in only three quarters… completed 11-of-15 passes in the first half and reached the 300-yard passing mark with just under 10 minutes remaining in the third quarter…season-high of 350 yards and five touchdowns helped lead Florida State past Maryland…helped rally the Seminoles from deficits of 24-21 and 31-24 in the second half with 200 yards passing and three touchdown passes…passed for 143 fourth quarter yards and three touchdowns to lead the Seminoles to the 52-31 victory…passed for 369 yards and four touchdowns in Florida State’s victory over Clemson…accounted for a career-high 416 yards of total offense (369 passing and 47 rushing) against the Tigers…his first career reception came on a pass from Nick Maddox against Florida.

Redshirt Year (2000): A redshirt season…named the offensive scout team Most Valuable Player in 2000.

High School: Graduated from Rancho Santa Margarita High School in 2000…an honorable mention All-USA selection by USA Today as a senior quarterback…named to PrepStar’s Top 100 Dream Team and rated as the No. 15 prospect in the Western Region of the United States a senior by PrepStar…the No. 7 prep quarterback prospect in the nation as a senior by PrepStar…listed as the No. 5 prep quarterback prospect in the nation by Rivals100.com…earned a Blue Chip ranking by Street and Smith’s, Tom Lemming, Gridiron Classic, BorderWars and Couch Scout…named the Most Valuable Player of the Nike Combine at USC in 1999…participated in the “Elite 11” quarterback clinic along with many of the elite level prep quarterbacks following his senior season…considered to have the strongest arm of all the quarterbacks participating in the clinic…threw for more than 1,000 yards and rushed for over 550 yards and six touchdowns as a senior…played two games at receiver and recorded 288 yards on 10 catches …his per catch average of 28.8 yards per game led Orange County… earned All-Sierra League second-team honors as a receiver as a senior…the starting quarterback for the California All-Star team in the first ever CaliFlorida Bowl…led the California All-Stars to a 21-11 victory over Florida in the Rose Bowl…attended the same high school as 2002 Heisman Trophy winner and the first overall draft selection in the 2003 NFL Draft, Carson Palmer.

Personal: Born May 1, 1981…major is social science.

Rix Facts
Games Started 34, 13 in 2003
Pass Attempts 42 vs. Miami, 2003
Pass Completions 30 vs. Colorado, 2003
Passing Touchdowns 5 vs. Maryland, 2001
Passing Yards 394 vs. Colorado, 2003
Completion Percentage .769 vs. Colorado, 2003
Interceptions 4 vs. Miami, 2001
Longest Completion 79 at Virginia, 2003
Carries 18 at Miami, 2001
Rushing Yards 83 vs. Florida, 2002
Total Yards 416 at Clemson, 2001

2003 Game-By-Game Statistics
at N. Carolina 26 17 0 .654 232 1 43
Maryland 29 16 1 .552 228 2 67
Georgia Tech 30 15 2 .500 160 1 26
Colorado 39 30 0 .769 394 2 66
at Duke 25 16 0 .640 274 2 50
Miami 42 20 2 .476 235 2 48
at Virginia 25 12 0 .480 189 1 79
Wake Forest 34 22 1 .647 339 2 46
at Notre Dame 31 17 3 .548 327 3 51
at Clemson 31 16 2 .516 194 0 26
NC State 32 15 1 .469 183 3 33
at Florida 19 14 0 .737 256 3 52
vs. Miami 19 6 1 .316 96 1 52
TOTALS 382 216 13 .565 3,107 23 79

2002 Game-By-Game Statistics
vs. Iowa State 25 17 1 .680 210 2 31
Virginia 18 10 2 .556 117 0 24
at Maryland 25 13 0 .520 227 2 56
Duke 22 16 0 .727 244 2 51
at Louisville 33 14 2 .424 173 2 24
Clemson 13 8 0 .615 114 1 24
at Miami 19 8 0 .421 83 1 24
Notre Dame 32 13 2 .406 207 0 40
N. Carolina 2 1 0 .500 52 1 52
at NC State 7 5 1 .714 63 0 20
Florida 29 13 0 .448 194 2 29
TOTALS 225 118 7 .524 1,684 13 56

2001 Game-By-Game Statistics
Duke 18 9 0 .500 135 2 33
UAB 23 15 0 .652 246 1 49
N. Carolina 21 8 2 .381 112 1 38
Wake Forest 21 16 2 .762 345 3 52
Miami 30 13 4 .433 222 1 57
Virginia 21 11 2 .524 205 1 48
Maryland 24 15 1 .625 350 5 57
Clemson 30 19 2 .633 369 4 47
NC State 35 20 1 .571 302 3 63
Florida 39 26 1 .667 229 1 45
Georgia Tech 24 13 0 .542 219 2 49
TOTALS 286 165 13 .577 2,734 24 63

2001 286 165 13 .577 2,734 24 63
2002 225 118 7 .524 1,684 13 56
2003 382 216 13 .565 3,107 23 79
TOTALS 893 499 33 .559 7,525 60 79

#19 Wyatt Sexton
Quarterback, 6-3, 206, Sophomore
Tallahassee, FL (Leon)

At Florida State: Redshirt sophomore who will open the season as the No. 2 quarterback…got plenty of work during the spring as he and Chris Rix were the only scholarship quarterbacks on the roster…played in five games last season as a freshman…the son of Florida State assistant head coach/running backs coach Billy Sexton.

Sophomore Year (2003): Served as the third team quarterback behind Rix and Fabian Walker…saw action in five games (UNC, Colorado, Duke, Wake Forest and Notre Dame)…only pass attempts came against North Carolina and Duke…threw for a career-high 47 yards on 2-of-3 passing at UNC, including a 45-yard strike to Lorne Sam…completed one pass in two attempts for nine yards at Duke.

Freshman Year (2002): Redshirted…earned the team award for top academic effort by a freshman at the Seminoles’ annual season-ending banquet.

High School: Graduated from Leon High School in 2002 …ranked the No. 1 quarterback prospect in the state of Florida by Bill Buchalter and the Florida Times Union… named the nation’s No. 43 prep player in a compilation of lists of major recruiting services including Max Emfinger, Tom Lemming and Rivals100.com…named the Most Valuable Player of the Florida/Georgia All-Star game prior to enrolling at Florida State as a freshman…completed 12-of-19 passes for 157 yards and two touchdowns in just two quarters of action as Florida went on to win…threw for 2,193 yards, 19 touchdowns and was intercepted only seven times as a senior…ranked third in the state in passing as a senior…passed for over 2,800 yards and 28 touchdowns as a junior and led the state of Florida in passing…best prep game was during his junior season as he completed 32-of-52 passes for 405 yards against Jacksonville Fletcher…selected Florida State over Illinois, North Carolina, NC State and Auburn… graduated high school with a 4.0 GPA and scored 1,270 on the SAT.

Personal: Born July 20, 1984…major is communication studies…son of FSU assistant head coach and running backs coach Billy Sexton.

Sexton Facts
Games Started None
Pass Attempts 3 at UNC, 2003
Pass Completions 2 at UNC, 2003
Passing Touchdowns None
Passing Yards 47 at UNC, 2003
Completion Percentage .667 at UNC, 2003
Interceptions None
Longest Completion 45 at UNC, 2003

2003 5 3 0 .600 56 0 45

#9 Xavier Lee
6-4, 200, QB
Daytona Beach, FL (Seabreeze)

A five-star player by Rivals.com and the No. 1 rated dual threat quarterback in the nation…named to the Superprep Elite 50…PrepStar Top 100 Dream Team member…regarded by some as the top quarterback prospect in the country…holds Florida’s all-time record for passing yards (9,082), completions (549) and TD’s (98)…named Florida’s Mr. Football for 2003…earned first-team all-state and 3A Player of the Year…in 10 games during the 2003 season he rushed for 567 yards on 104 carries with 10 TD’s…was 198-for-361 (54%) for 3,133 yards, 37 TD’s and only 7 INT’s…was again named first-team all-state as a junior and was named 3A Player of the Year for the second straight year…rushed for 461 yards and 13 TD’s and was 188-for-304 (62%) passing for 3,075 yards with 33 TD’s and 10 INT’s…was a member of the East squad in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl played on January 3, 2004 in San Antonio, TX…has been timed at 4.50 in the 40…picked Florida State over Texas and Auburn.

#11 Drew Weatherford
6-3, 205, QB
Land O’ Lakes, FL (Land O’ Lakes)

A four-star player by Rivals.com and the No. 6 rated pro-style quarterback in the country…No. 2 quarterback on the Tallahassee Democrat Sunshine 75…as a junior he earned all state honors after going 151-215 (70 %) for 2,494 yards, 37 TD’s and 2 INT’s…was the Tampa Tribune’s Pasco County Player of the Year…completed 172 passes on 341 (50%) attempts for 2,639 yards and 20 TD’s as a senior…also rushed for 470 yards and 10 TD’s…played safety as well and had 120 tackles and 8 INT’s as his team finished 8-5 in 2003…was named Florida’s 4A Player of the Year as well as the St. Pete Times 2003 All Suncoast Player of the Year…was one of the QB’s for Team Florida in the California-Florida Bowl played on January 2…originally from Texas, his father and grandfather played for SMU…a classic pro-style quarterback who has a great arm and very good skills…has been timed at 4.70 in the 40…picked Florida State over Tennessee, South Carolina, North Carolina and NC State.
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