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Weatherford's maturation aids Florida State

Last year, Drew Weatherford was a rookie quarterback who couldn't read defenses. This year, he's a grizzled vet ready to lead the Seminoles to a title.

Updated: September 4, 2006, 6:05 PM ET
By Mark Schlabach | ESPN.com

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- When Florida State quarterback Drew Weatherford dropped back to pass for the first time in his college career against Miami last season, he couldn't believe what he was seeing.

For weeks, Weatherford had studied film of the Hurricanes' menacing defense and expected them to defend the Seminoles with Cover 2 zone coverage, like Miami had primarily played in seven of the 10 previous games in one of college football's biggest rivalries. But when Weatherford dropped back to ...

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