Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Presto: Boldin's a WR Again Move Means Redshirt Freshman Rix Expected to Start at QB

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Presto: Boldin's a WR Again Move Means Redshirt Freshman Rix Expected to Start at QB

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Byline: Bob Thomas, Times-Union staff writer

TALLAHASSEE -- Necessity led Anquan Boldin to move from wide receiver to quarterback prior to the start of spring practice, and necessity has him back at wide receiver.

The two-man battle for Florida State's starting quarterback job officially ended last night when coach Bobby Bowden announced Boldin was moving back to receiver, one day after senior split end Robert Morgan suffered a season-ending knee injury.

Barring injury, Chris Rix will become the first redshirt freshman to start a season opener in Bowden's 36 seasons at FSU on Sept. 1 at Duke.

Boldin didn't waste any time, slipping into the starting rotation immediately.

"The first route out there he ran it great, caught the ball, tossed the ball in the air and I think he felt right at home," said Rix, who delivered the pass. "It was very exciting to see that."

Bowden, too, was smiling. After watching the Seminoles' passing game struggle because three of four returning receivers have been out with injuries over the past three days, last night's workout was markedly improved.

"For the first time today we began to look like a dadgum offensive team," Bowden said. "His [Boldin's] presence was felt over there. . . . He looked like a million dollars. It's the first time I've got excited in four days. When you try to run our offense and don't have enough receivers, you ain't a very good offense."

Boldin spent last night's entire practice working out with the receivers, though Bowden said he will continue to prepare him as the Seminoles' backup quarterback and for special packages that could best utilize his athleticism.

Seven months ago Boldin volunteered to move to quarterback when this season's projected starter, rising junior Jared Jones, was dismissed for violating team rules. Boldin and Rix, who worked out together in the offseason, battled to a near-even battle through spring practice. Now he's back at a receiver, where he had 41 receptions for 664 yards and six touchdowns last season, and looking as if he hasn't lost a thing.

"I basically know where the ball is supposed to go," Boldin said. …

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