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August 23, 2007
Warchant TV: Fisher names starting QB
"As a quarterback you can always get better, but I've turned the ball over way too much since I've been here," Weatherford admitted. "I want to do a much better job protecting the ball and protecting our team. That's one area that I've tried to work on. I've taken chances on the practice field, but I feel like I've done a really good job during the scrimmages this year."
Based on Fisher's history at LSU of not being locked into one quarterback, if Weatherford doesn't improve his ability to protect the football, he could become a victim of a short leash. With that being a possibility, Fisher offered Lee some words of encouragement after breaking the news.
"'You just keep working, you battle, you fight, and an opportunity comes you take advantage of it,'" Fisher told Lee during their meeting. "I've seen crazier things happen. I remember a case around here one time with Brad Johnson and Casey Weldon. It all turned around one time. At the end you had two great quarterbacks.
In addition to the possibility of Lee earning a staring role down the road, Fisher made it very clear that there is a definite plan to use him in certain circumstances.
"Yes, most definitely. You are dag-gum right we will," said Fisher. "He will be in the plan. There will be a plan for him and things he can do and what he does well. We'll practice the heck out of him between now and then."
Gene Williams is the founder and administrator of Warchant.com and writes stories and features covering all of FSU's sports with an emphasis on football and football recruiting. During past football seasons, he hosted a weekly sports radio show in Tallahassee, and appears as a weekly guest on 1010 XL Radio in Jacksonville. Williams is also a former ACC correspondent for College Football News (weekly national newspaper), and contributes to The Osceola. Story about Gene Williams & Warchant.com.