Florida State's Sexton quits football team

Updated: January 15, 2006, 4:01 PM ET
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Florida State quarterback Wyatt Sexton has opted to quit the Florida State football team after sitting the past season because of illness.

"This has been the most difficult decision I have ever had to make in my entire life. But after consultation with my doctor and my family, I've decided not to rejoin the football team," Wyatt said in a statement issued by the university. "I will focus on regaining my health and my academic pursuit of getting an MBA."

The school released the statement Saturday night without comment from coach Bobby Bowden or his staff. Billy Sexton, Wyatt's father, is the longtime running backs coach.

Sexton missed his entire junior season after he was diagnosed with Lyme disease last summer. A month earlier, in June, Sexton was committed to a psychiatric facility after being found disheveled and disoriented on a Tallahassee street. He had identified himself to police as God.

Sexton had been suspended at the time of the bizarre June episode for failing to take a drug test, Bowden said in July. That month, Sexton was diagnosed with Lyme disease and pronounced out for this season.

Sexton was 5-2 as Florida State's starting quarterback in 2004, playing in a total of 10 games that season. In his two years at FSU, Sexton completed 142-of-257 passes for 1,717 yards with eight touchdowns and eight interceptions. He had been the Seminoles' projected starter until he was sidelined.

He had practiced with the team in the fall and during recent Orange Bowl preparations.

Sexton would have likely entered spring practice competing for third on the depth chart with highly recruited incoming freshman Christian Ponder.

Drew Weatherford and Xavier Lee led the Seminoles in 2005. Weatherford set an Atlantic Coast Conference freshman record with 3,208 passing yards.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.