Tallahassee, FL (U-WIRE) -- Florida State quarterback Wyatt Sexton has been diagnosed with Lyme disease and will miss the entire 2005 football season, the Sexton family confirmed through Florida State's Sports Information Office Saturday.
Dr. Chandra Swami, a Lyme Disease specialist in Hermitage, Pa., confirmed Thursday that Sexton was in the "advanced stages" of the disease. Lyme disease is curable, but recovery will take months.
"Wyatt has active Lyme Disease that has resulted in neuropsychiatric and cardiovascular deficits," Dr. Swami told the Sports Information office. "I have strongly recommended intensive therapy with a goal to obtain an optimal state of health. This should include academics and athletics. He should not be stressed by these two disciplines for now."
Sexton, a Tallahassee native, was penciled in as the starting quarterback for the Sept. 5 season opener against the University of Miami at the conclusion of spring practice. But strange behavior from the junior signal caller on June 13 -- including referring to himself as "God" in the middle of a street -- raised many questions and eyebrows.
Wyatt Sexton's father and assistant head coach Billy Sexton released a statement two days later saying that Wyatt was "under the care of physicians for a medical problem" and that "drug abuse is not the problem."
Saturday's report was the first news of the situation since Billy Sexton's statement.
According to The American Lyme Disease Foundation's website, "the more severe, potentially debilitating symptoms of later-stage Lyme disease may occur weeks, months, or, in a few cases, years after infection. These can include severe headaches, painful arthritis and swelling of joints, cardiac abnormalities, and central nervous system (CNS) involvement leading to cognitive (mental) disorders."
On the field, Florida State will now turn to a pair of highly-touted redshirt freshmen as quarterbacks: Xavier Lee and Drew Weatherford.
"Going into this, the only thing we did was come up with a plan A and a plan B. Plan A, of course, was if Wyatt was healthy and ready to go," Bowden said. "Plan B was what we would do if he wasn't able to go. Obviously, now we have to go with plan B. Xavier (Lee) and Drew (Weatherford) will start out even when we return to practice and we'll have three and a half weeks to see if one can separate himself from the other. If not, we will go into the season with two quarterbacks ready to go."
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