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FSU will go into spring practice with just 1 QB
Associated Press

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 tuition.

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 interceptions.

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.




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