Daryl Dickey enters his fifth season as the Florida State quarterbacks coach in 2005. Dickey, who played quarterback at Tennessee, had spent one season in Tallahassee as a volunteer assistant in 1989 before making the return trip back to FSU over a decade later in 2001 to coach the quarterbacks.
Dickey will have three talented signal callers under his watch this season in junior Wyatt Sexton and redshirt freshmen Drew Weatherford and Xavier Lee. Sexton, who will enter fall drills atop the depth chart, looks to take over as the starter as Florida State looks to return to the tradition of having an upperclassman under center. He will be pushed by Weatherford and Lee, who both made strides in their first spring in Tallahassee. Dickey, 44, came to FSU after four seasons as the head coach at Presbyterian College in South Carolina. The 2000 season, Dickey's last as head coach, was a special one for the Blue Hose as they posted an 8-2 record and finished second in the Atlantic Conference. It marked the second time in three years that a Dickey-led Blue Hose team finished second in the league regular season and posted an eight-win season. The overall record in 2000 was the best for a Blue Hose squad since 1979 when PC finished the regular season ranked No. 1 in the NAIA and posted an 11-2 record. Dickey's 1999 and 2000 teams provided the best two-year span in football (15-6) for the Blue Hose since the 1978-79 seasons. Presbyterian finished 7-4 in 1999, 8-3 in 1998 and 5-6 in Dickey's first season with the Blue Hose (1997).
A Tennessee graduate, Dickey quarterbacked the Volunteers to a 9-1-2 finish during his senior season in the fall of 1985. He led the Southeastern Conference in passing efficiency that year and the Vols were unbeaten in the seven games that he started. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the 1986 Sugar Bowl when he led the Vols to a 35-7 win over Miami.
After a brief stint with the San Diego Chargers in the NFL and the Memphis Showboats in the USFL, Dickey returned to Knoxville to serve as a graduate assistant coach for the Volunteers. He was assistant quarterback coach at Tennessee before being named a volunteer assistant at Florida State. During his stint with the Seminoles, Dickey helped guide quarterback Peter Tom Willis to the seventh-best total offense ranking in the nation during the 1989 season as Willis passed for 3,124 yards and 20 touchdowns.
Dickey served as quarterbacks coach at Kentucky from 1990-93 and then was promoted to offensive coordinator for the Wildcats, a position he held for another two years. From March of 1995 until December of 1996, Dickey served as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Georgia Southern.
Dickey is the son of former Tennessee and Florida head coach Doug Dickey. He played high school football at Buchholz High in Gainesville, Fla., but graduated from Fairview High in Boulder, Colo. He is married to the former Kendall George and they have three children: Karis (15), Dallas James (12) and Drew (10).