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<a href='http://floridastate.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=152067' target='_blank'>Fabian Walker will start in the Sugar Bowl.</a>

FSU is really going through a tough stretch right now....

(Goodness -- GTS, I think they need you in here pronto to fix that link color. In case any of you were wondering, that says, "Fabian Walker will start in the Sugar Bowl.")

-JD



<!--EDIT|JD Heel|Dec 17 2002, 02:23 PM-->
We will be fine afterall we are going to a bowl game.
That's a good way to look at it. I'd like to think that most FSU fans were looking at the glass half full like that (although somehow I doubt it).

-JD
Not everyone is like NOLEY 03-wink
You gotta be freakin kidding me!

Who the hell is Fabian Walker?? Now UGA goes from playing a 4 loss team in their 2nd biggest game in 20 years (SEC Championship is the 1st) to playing a 9-4 team with a redshirt, sophmore QB that has thrown the ball 8 times all year.

Let me say it now FSU fans....Don't let this be a built in excuse when UGA tramples ya'lls hide in N'awlins!

Well, with or without Rix, the outcome would have been the same.

Later
I am glad we have your support!!! :rolleyes:
YouGeeAye Wrote:You gotta be freakin kidding me!

Who the hell is Fabian Walker?? Now UGA goes from playing a 4 loss team in their 2nd biggest game in 20 years (SEC Championship is the 1st) to playing a 9-4 team with a redshirt, sophmore QB that has thrown the ball 8 times all year.

Let me say it now FSU fans....Don't let this be a built in excuse when UGA tramples ya'lls hide in N'awlins!

Well, with or without Rix, the outcome would have been the same.

Later
YGA, I have to believe there are a lot of UGA fans breathing a bit easier now. With Rix, FS is a much better team, and quite capable of beating the Dawgs. Without him, UGA better not lose.
Actually just the opposite is true Rick (IMO). We wanted USC and Palmer in the Sugar, not FSU even with Rix.

Rix is a great QB and with him FSU is a great team with some bad games this year. Who knows who this Fabian guy is and what he can do. I am sure that UGA has not been studying game films of a guy that has thrown the ball 8 times this year.

UGA wanted the highest ranked team available for this game. Getting FSU was anti-climatic. Getting them now without their starting QB further exasperates the whole bowl selection debacle.

Maybe a new petition is in order FSU fans.

LET RIX PLAY!!



<!--EDIT|YouGeeAye|Dec 17 2002, 05:11 PM-->
When it rains...It pours!

Fabian Walker...Short on experience...

Has a decent arm...

But...My Heavens..."This kid can run..." As Fast as any
back that we have! Don't let him break containment
in the pocket.

Guest

I dont know how much truth there is to this about why Rix over slept, but on ESPN they were saying he is keeping contact with his family in California and other family members due to a very ill father. It has kept him up to the early morning hours.
As anyone that knows about Rix, he lost his mother at a very young age, now he has to deal with his father.
Its a very sad thing to hear, and I hope everything works out the best for Rix and his family.
It still doesnt take away from the fact that he will not be playing the Sugar Bowl, rules are rules.
Hopefully if that is true about his father, it will clear up rumors such as 'getting back at FSU' for benching him in place of McPherson or wanting to transfer to another school and just giving up on his team and school.
Another problem FSU will have at the QB position is Walker giving up his year of eligibility because now he has to start the bowl game.
If this situation with Rix's father is true, then I would like to see the University make an exception here. Anyway you look at it, these are kids and I am sure that Rix missing this exam was NOT due to being negligent like those before him that may have missed exams.

C'mon FSU, give the kid a break. Let em play!



<!--EDIT|YouGeeAye|Dec 18 2002, 09:57 AM-->
I agree UGI, let the boy play, but our own Mr Deion Sanders set the standard years ago and now others have to suffer the consequences for Sanders' mistakes. While Sanders was intentional , I do not believe for one minute that Rix did this intentionally. The Pensacola News Journal this morning was reporting that Rix was going to California to be with his father and there is a good possibility that he WILL NOT return to FSU for his senior season. This being the case, then Walker would be competing against a RS freshman named Sexton for the starting position next year. Sexton's father is a coach at FSU.

IMO Fabian Walker is more mobile than Rix so UGA needs to be alert for him to scramble. He is also faster than Rix.

Guest

Rix will be a junior this year, so I wonder if that was a mistake in the paper or will he play his junior year and leave or just leave before this year if things get worse with his father.
Another player, our DE Alonzo Jackson also has a father that is ill, to what extent I dont know, but he vowed to play out the season for his father regardless of what happend.
Jackson left the team for about a week, but returned, I wonder if Rix should have done the same?
He was benched in favor of McPherson, right then and there he should have told the coaches he needs to take care of a family matter and then contacted the school and let them know what was going on.
Maybe then something could have been done about him taking his final exam.
I also agree, let Rix play if what is happening with his father is true, but then again as 88 said theres that 'Deion rule' and if Rix played regardless of what is going on with his father people in the NCAA WILL COMPLAIN, sad but true, the rules are the rules.



<!--EDIT|Garnet & Gold|Dec 18 2002, 12:59 PM-->
The plot thickens with Walker. Here are some interesting facts about how he came to FSU but wanted to come to UGA. Small world, eh?

Richt recruited Walker to Florida State in 1999, but Walker didn't enroll until the following spring. After going through spring practice with the Seminoles in 2000, Walker was forced to withdraw from school after his standardized test score was nullified by the NCAA. Walker enrolled at Jones County Junior College in Mississippi, where he earned an associate of arts degree in 2000.

Walker was interested in playing for the Bulldogs, Richt said, but an SEC rule prevented him from enrolling at Georgia. Walker attended junior college for only two semesters; SEC rules say a student-athlete must attend the same school for three semesters in a row. Georgia appealed the ruling, but the SEC wouldn't overturn it.

"He couldn't have come here if he wanted to," Richt said. "We had a chance. We thought we had a decent appeal, but they didn't go with it."

After re-enrolling at Florida State, Walker was allowed to practice but couldn't play in games last season. He watched Rix establish himself as the starter, and then fell behind Rix and McPherson in preseason camp this past fall.
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