Friday, December 13, 2002
FSU will go into spring practice with just 1 QB
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State will head into spring
practice with one quarterback. And he's never played a down.
The school's quarterback ranks were reduced in half Thursday
when coach Bobby Bowden announced he had removed junior Jared Jones
of Walla Walla, Wash., from the squad for an unspecified violation
of team rules. A minor league baseball player in the Seattle
Mariner organization, Jones was not on scholarship and pays his own
Florida State sports publicist Rob Wilson said the school could
not comment on the reasons for Jones' dismissal, which leaves
freshman Chris Rix as the lone scholarship quarterback.
Jones was the third team quarterback behind Heisman Trophy
winner Chris Weinke and backup Marcus Outzen in 1998 and 1999, but
redshirted in 2000. Jones struggled in a handful of brief
appearances, completing 7 of 19 passes for 33 yards and suffering 3
Rix, who was redshirted this season and has never taken a game
snap, will be the only quarterback available to Bowden heading into
spring practice March 7 unless he shifts receiver Anquan Boldin
back to his high school position.
Weinke, the school and Atlantic Coast Conference leader in
virtually every passing category, and Outzen graduated.