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Florida State hoping QB Weatherford can get Noles back on track

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- After nearly a month on the bench,
Drew Weatherford will return as Florida State's starting quarterback for
Saturday's homecoming game against Duke.

Just as he did last season, Weatherford will take over for
Xavier Lee, coach Bobby Bowden said on Monday. Lee replaced
Weatherford on Sept. 29.

This marks Weatherford's third chance at nailing down the starting job.

"We tried to analyzed this thing. The best game Lee has had was
against Alabama when he came in off the bench," coach Bobby Bowden
said. "We feel like we are just better off going with Drew."

And for the second time in his career, Lee has been yanked --
this time after poor finishes in consecutive losses to North
Carolina State and Miami the last two weeks.

In Saturday's 37-29 loss to Miami, Lee was intercepted twice and
had two fumbles. One of the fumbles was recovered by the Hurricanes
for a key late-game touchdown. He completed 14 of 32 passes for 208
yards.

"It's always the quarterback that gets changed," offensive
coordinator Jimbo Fisher said Monday. "We have to find a way to
get it done."

Florida State (4-3, 1-3 Atlantic Coast Conference) has lost 10
of its last 14 league games after losing its second straight
Saturday and faces a demanding November schedule with road games at
(No. 2 BCS, No. 2 AP ) Boston College, (No. 8 BCS, No. 8 AP) Virginia Tech and (No. 11 BCS, No. 9 AP) Florida.

Duke (1-6, 0-4 ACC) has lost 21 straight ACC games since a win
over Clemson late in the 2004 season.

Weatherford, who is 17-10 in his career as a starter, has
completed 54 percent of his passes this season for 642 yards and
four touchdowns with one interception.

"Obviously I am glad to be back on the field, but we have to
start playing better," Weatherford said. "[Fisher] told me that I
was going to be the guy. He told me at this point, it's not about
who is starting, it is about winning games."

Lee, 2-4 as a starter, completed 53.2 percent of his passes for
972 yards and five touchdowns and five interceptions this season.

Neither junior quarterback was immediately available Monday for
comment on the latest switch.