Dustin’s article "Remember the QB battle?" (http://www.tomahawknation.com/florida-state-football-fsu-noles/2013/12/12/5192450/jameis-winstons-transition-into-the-starting-quarterback-role) made me think back to another QB battle back when I was at FSU.
Both Drew Weatherford and Xavier Lee were true freshmen. As we all know, the backup QB is often be the most popular player on the team – particularly when Drew Weatherford, John Parker Wilson, or Jeff Driskell are your field General (to name a few).
Looking back at it now, Xavier Lee was not much different from Jameis Winston on paper (at least to a n00b like me). He came in at 6'4", 225+ pounds, and clocked in at a 4.5. Rated a five-star player and the No. 1 dual threat quarterback in the nation by Rivals.com, Xavier Lee turned down offers from powerhouses like Ohio State & Texas. So the similarities in stature, athleticism and public perception are glaring. My assumptions of Xavier Lee at the time were
a. He’s dumb
b. He lacks work ethic
c. He’s better suited for a different position/different offense
But I can’t help but think this guy might have been a stud under the right guidance and a program that helped him mature. I know Jimbo coached him briefly, and he opted to start Weatherford in ’07 instead of Xavier Lee. But it may have been too late by then for Xavier. What do ya’ll think? It was interesting to read about how much Jameis learned from Manuel in his offseason. With the right tutelage, if Xavier had come in as a raw talent under Jimbo, could he have been destined for greatness at the NCAA level?