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The QB saga

By Times Staff
Published September 1, 2006


2001

* Jared Jones, a redshirt junior and heir apparent to Chris Weinke, is dismissed from team in January. Days earlier, he had gone into a neighbor's home and raided the refrigerator in the early morning hours.

* Joe Mauer, the top prospect in the country, signs with FSU but is later selected first overall by Minnesota in the June baseball draft. He never makes it to Tallahassee. This past August, he makes the cover of Sports Illustrated. Said Bowden of the picture, "I kept looking at his arm and thinking what a good quarterback he would be."

* After competing all spring with Anquan Boldin, Chris Rix, a redshirt freshman, wins the starting job and is the ACC freshman of the year.

2002

* Rix struggles and loses job to Adrian McPherson, who is dismissed after four starts amid a gambling scandal and the theft and forgery of a check. "He might have been the answer," Bowden said later. Rix leads FSU to a win against Florida but misses an exam and is ruled academically ineligible for the Sugar Bowl. Oft-injured Fabian Walker starts, but is ineffective and replaced by Boldin.

2003

* Rix starts the entire season despite uneven performances.

2004

* Walker announces in January he will transfer to Valdosta State.

* Rix is again the starter, but is injured against Clemson. Wyatt Sexton takes over and starts the next five games. Rix reclaims the job, is replaced at halftime against Duke by Sexton, who starts the next two. Rix wins back the job for the Gator Bowl.

* Walker leads Valdosta State to the Division II national title.

2005

* Sexton is diagnosed with Lyme disease in the summer after acting erratically and is taken to the hospital by police. His season and career are over.

* Drew Weatherford wins the job from Xavier Lee, and starts all 13 games.

2006

Weatherford enters the season a solid No. 1.