'Noles QB Sexton ends comeback bid

Published: Monday, January 16, 2006 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 16, 2006 at 12:00 a.m.
After sitting out the 2005 season because of illness, Florida State quarterback Wyatt Sexton has decided to forgo his final year of eligibility.
Sexton, who was committed to a psychiatric facility in June after being found lying on a city street calling himself God, said he is giving up his dream of returning to the field to concentrate on his health and academics.
"This has been the most difficult decision I have ever had to make in my entire life," Sexton said in a terse release from the university. "I will focus on regaining my health and my academic pursuit of getting an MBA."
The school released its statement at 7:30 p.m. Saturday without comment from the administration or coaching staff, which includes Sexton's father. Billy Sexton is the longtime running backs coach at Florida State.
Sexton's family denied rampant rumors of drug use and in July the quarterback was diagnosed with Lyme disease by a Pennsylvania specialist, Dr. S. Chandra Swami, who said it had infected the player's organs. Swami recommended intensive antibiotic therapy over a period of months.
Lyme disease is curable, but the estimated recovery time for Sexton's advanced stage of infection was several months. If untreated, the disease can cause joint swelling and brain inflammation. Lyme disease bacteria are transmitted to humans by ticks that are carried by deer.
Sexton had been suspended at the time of the bizarre June episode for failing to take a drug test, coach Bobby Bowden said in July.
Sexton was 5-2 as Florida State's starting quarterback in 2004, playing in a total of 10 games that season. In his two seasons, Sexton completed 142-of-257 passes for 1,717 yards with eight touchdowns and eight interceptions.
One of the team's best students, Sexton had practiced with the team some during the fall and during its recent Orange Bowl preparations.
Sexton would have likely entered spring practice competing for third team on the depth chart with highly recruited incoming freshman Christian Ponder. Rising sophomores Drew Weatherford and Xavier Lee were 1-2 in 2005 when Weatherford set an Atlantic Coast Conference freshman record with 3,208 passing yards.
Two other underclassmen, linebacker Ernie Sims and cornerback Antonio Cromartie, are giving up their elibility to enter the NFL draft.
SOUTHERN CAL: The team lost two more juniors to the NFL draft Sunday, when All-American safety Darnell Bing and tackle Winston Justice informed the school they would skip their senior seasons.
The Trojans have had five underclassmen declare themselves eligible for April's draft since losing the Rose Bowl to Texas, starting with running backs LenDale White and Reggie Bush, the Heisman Trophy winner and possible No. 1 pick in April's draft.
Guard Fred Matua announced that he was going pro on Saturday,
The deadline for underclassmen to declare for the draft was Sunday.

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