It's being reported this morning that Xavier Lee will not return to Florida State for another season of football. If true, it would be the end of a turbulent four years that began with Lee heading to Tallahassee as a top recruit, and finished with him not playing in the team's bowl game against Kentucky.
When he committed to Florida State, it appeared that Lee was going to come in, learn the ropes and then challenge for the starting position in 2005. When Wyatt Sexton contracted Lyme Disease and was ruled out for the '05 season, it seemed that Lee had a shot at beating out Drew Weatherford for the starting quarterback role. However, he wasn't able to outperform Weatherford, and from that moment on he never looked completely comfortable running the offense. He had some flashes here and there, but never seemed to grow into the type of quarterback that Coach Bowden and his staff had envisioned when they recruited Lee.
Eventhough I'm a Florida Gator, it is sad to see someone as talented as Xavier Lee not live up to the expectations that his past success had warranted. I don't think you can place full blame on either Lee or the coaching staff, as I'm sure that they each can share it. However, I was aware of Lee's tremendous talent and potential when he was in high school, and I'm sad to see that his college career hasn't worked out very well. Though, that's sort of the "business" side of college athletics.
Good luck to Lee in his quest to play in the NFL someday.