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    Weatherford gets the nod as Tampa Bay Storm's backup quarterback

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    TAMPA -- The Storm trimmed its roster to the league maximum 23 players this week with no major surprises but several tough decisions. Coach Tim Marcum said Wednesday after the Storm's walkthrough that the backup quarterback position -- won by former Florida State player Drew Weatherford over B.J. Hall -- was one of the most difficult.

    "(The backup quarterback position) was a real tough one," Marcum said. "You have to look at the whole body of work during two-a-days, but Drew made several good throws on his last series (during last week's preseason game against Orlando) and that was a big part of the decision. I thought on that last series he looked like a quarterback."

    Marcum emphasized the roster cuts were trickier because of the amount of practice time. The Storm had roughly three weeks of practice time and one exhibition game.

    "The evaluation period is so short," Marcum said. "The NFL has five weeks and four preseason games to evaluate."

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