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Two Land O'Lakes QBs, including Weatherford, to transfer

Looks like Land O'Lakes will have plenty to sort out during spring football.

The Gators were dealt a double whammy when coaches learned they lost first- and second-string sophomore quarterbacks Stevie Weatherford and Tanner Stocker. Both have decided to transfer.

Weatherford, one of six Weatherfords to play football at Land O'Lakes, had not enrolled anywhere as of Tuesday. Older brother, state Rep. Will Weatherford, said the decision to leave Land O'Lakes was made by family and had nothing to do with football.

"He is not going back to Land O'Lakes this semester," Will Weatherford said. "We're in the process of getting him enrolled."

Stevie Weatherford threw for 1,254 yards, 10 touchdowns and seven interceptions before breaking his left collarbone in a 20-16 win over Ridgewood on Nov. 7, ending his season.

Land O'Lakes coach John Benedetto had guided five Weatherfords through their high school careers to football scholarships, including Florida State quarterback Drew and UCF quarterback Joe.

Benedetto had made passing references about staying around long enough to see Stevie through his final season at the end of 2010.

"Both of our quarterbacks are gone," Benedetto said. "… I feel like I'm on a sinking ship and all the lifeboats have already left. I'm speechless about the whole thing. It's beyond anything I've experienced at Land O'Lakes High School."

Stocker, who played a reserve role before replacing Weatherford, has transferred to Wharton. He threw for 115 yards and two touchdowns in five games.

Wharton coach David Mitchell said he has met with Stocker, who has started offseason conditioning. Stocker will compete with sophomore Ryan Hatter to replace senior Andrew Clifford.

"He's a quarterback and he'll have to battle," Mitchell said. "We'll see how it goes."

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