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Weatherford beats out Lee for FSU starting QB job

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Drew Weatherford will be
Florida State's starting quarterback in its Sept. 3 season opener at Clemson.

Weatherford, who has started 23 of the Seminoles' past 26 games,
beat out Xavier Lee for the starting slot.

"Obviously I am really happy," Weatherford said Thursday.
"Our competition has been great since we have been here. We have
both worked extremely hard and I am happy to get this opportunity
once again to play with this team and hopefully make this team
better."

Earlier this fall, Lee said he had decided to transfer after
Florida State's 44-27 Emerald Bowl win over UCLA, but chose to stay
when new offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher was hired in January.

"The main thing we were looking for is consistency," Fisher
said. "Making more of the every down plays. I thought he made the
routine plays more consistently than Xavier did, for the most part,
during camp and I think that set him apart."

Fisher still expects Lee to be a part of his offensive game
plan, but declined to say he would have a specific package to get
him in the game against Clemson.

"He was very mature and handled it very well. We are going to
need Xavier to help us win football games this year," Fisher said.

Lee briefly supplanted Weatherford as the starter last season,
but was benched in favor of Weatherford after two early
interceptions in Florida State's 30-0 loss to Wake Forest.

"We are behind all the guys, so it doesn't really matter,"
starting tailback Antone Smith said.