Happy X-Mas

Xavier LeeIt’s unfortunate that beginning his fourth season at Florida State, Xavier Lee had yet to establish himself as the quarterback many had thought he was coming out of high school.

That all changed Saturday afternoon when Lee took the field against Alabama in relief of a struggling Drew Weatherford and led the Seminoles to victory.

Lee opened up the offense for the often anemic Noles and gave them the play-maker under center that they’ve been longing for. Weatherford beat him out for the starting job when both were redshirt-freshmen, but after a record setting season Weatherford failed to make any progress as a sophomore.

Lee has been named the starter this week against North Carolina State and will try to cement his position before the rough second half of the season takes hold.

In the final seven games, the Noles will face Wake Forest, Boston College, Virginia Tech and Florida, all on the road with home games during that span against Maryland, Miami and Duke.

If FSU is to contend for the ACC title, they will have to beat they’re opponents from the Atlantic division (NC St., BC, Wake and Maryland) after the season opening loss to Clemson.

Xavier Lee gives the offense more options with his athleticism as defenses must account for him on every snap. Think Dennis Dixon at Oregon or Pat White at West Virginia. Take either of those QB’s from their respective schools and the offenses would falter as West Virginia did this past weekend when White was injured.

Lee has been chastised for his inability to produce when given the chance but it’s unfair to expect great things from such a young player when he hasn’t been getting consistent playing time.

Now that Lee has the opportunity to play every day as the number one quarterback, there should be a marked improvement in his play as well as decision making, which has caused him problems in the past.

There is no doubting his athleticism, the Noles may just ride that to an ACC title and perhaps even the BCS title in 2008.


2 Responses

  1. ‘Noles are riding an 8 game losing streak to Atlantic Division foes since their 2005 win against the ‘Terps! I hope XL can keep the offense moving and put us back in the hunt for an ACC Championship berth!

  2. I can’t see that losing streak lasting much longer. Something big is happening in Tallahasse, especially with all that talent on defense.

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