Jan. 4, 2000
By BRENT KALLESTAD
Associated Press Writer
NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Chris Weinke is not alone as Florida State quarterback.
Sure, he’s the starter, but you never know who’ll take a snap for the
Midway through the first quarter of Florida State’s 30-23 victory at Florida
in November, coach Bobby Bowden had already used four players at quarterback.
It’ll probably happen again Tuesday when the top-ranked Seminoles play No. 2
Virginia Tech for the national championship in the Sugar Bowl.
“Those situations are there,” Bowden said. “It’s according to how the
game goes. If you don’t need it you won’t do it, but you do it if it’s there.”
All-American wide receiver Peter Warrick, freshman wideout Anquan Boldin and
fullback Dan Kendra were high school quarterbacks, and backup QB Marcus Outzen,
a strong runner, is sometimes used on critical third-down situations.
“If you put all your attention on one individual, they have other guys that
can exploit you,” Virginia Tech defensive coordinator Bud Foster said.
Warrick has scored two touchdowns and thrown a TD pass this season when
lined up at quarterback.
“It gives you a Vick at quarterback,” Bowden said, comparing Warrick with
Virginia Tech’s freshman QB Michael Vick. “You put him back there underneath
that center and he’s a Vick, too.”
Warrick has thrown touchdown passes in each of the last two seasons, and
he’s a threat running from the position as well, averaging more than 6 yards a
carry in 29 tries the past two years.
Kendra, who spends most of his time blocking for Weinke, passed for 241
yards and three touchdowns as a freshman in a 44-6 victory over Wake Forest
when he filled in for an injured Thad Busby at quarterback.
“I can still throw it,” Kendra said.
And then there is Outzen, who has completed 55.8 percent of his passes for
633 yards and two touchdowns as a backup to Weinke. Outzen was at the helm a
year ago when Tennessee beat the Seminoles 23-16 for the national title with
Weinke on the sideline after neck surgery.
“I feel a lot better about Outzen this year,” said Florida State offensive
coordinator Mark Richt. “What we’re doing offensively now really fits him
better. Marcus would thrive much better.”
Because of his neck injury, Weinke is often replaced for obvious quarterback
sneak situations, usually by the 200-pound Outzen.
“We’ve got so many quarterbacks around here, I’ll be the last one to throw
a pass,” running back Travis Minor said.