Maturing At The Right Time Florida State QB Chris Rix

September 28, 2003

As impressive as Florida State junior quarterback Chris Rix was
in the Seminoles' 47-7 rout of Colorado last Saturday, throwing
for 394 yards and two touchdowns, it was the things he didn't
do--scramble out of the pocket too early or force passes into
tight coverage--that earned him praise from his coaches.

It was the type of performance the 4-0 Seminoles have been
looking for from Rix since he became the starter as a redshirt
freshman in 2001. Too often, though, he has been inconsistent and
immature. (Last week he was fined $100 for using an unauthorized
handicapped parking tag.) Rix has drawn the ire of his teammates
for everything from missing meetings and arriving late at
practice to handing out business cards that read FLORIDA STATE
QUARTERBACK.

After Rix threw two interceptions in a loss to Notre Dame last
October, Bowden benched him for the next four games, then
suspended him for the Sugar Bowl after Rix overslept and missed
an exam. "Last year I was trying to do too much," says Rix. "I've
learned from my mistakes." --M.B.

HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
OUT
HOLE YARDS PAR R1 R2 R3 R4
IN
Eagle (-2)
Birdie (-1)
Bogey (+1)
Double Bogey (+2)