But Charlie didn't just look out for Warrick. He made Warrick his roommate. Checked him straight into Charlie Ward. How many Heisman-candidate senior quarterbacks would make a frosh nobody their roomie?
Charlie and Warrick liked each other right away. "He's like my big brother," Warrick tells people. And seeing as how Warrick is one of the few human beings on earth as quiet as Charlie, they might as well be brothers. "Warrick doesn't party much," says Charlie. "Actually, he's like me: he doesn't party at all."
Under Charlie's wing Warrick has blossomed, not just as a player—he led the Seminoles in touchdowns, and now he's being talked about as a future Heisman candidate—but also as Charlie, Part II. "He takes me everywhere," says Warrick. "To churches, the mall, all over.... He's taught me to just stay calm and be patient, just go with the flow—whatever is going to happen will happen. He's taught me to be real courteous and always be on time. I can tell already, I'm going to miss him."
You and everybody else in northern Florida. The other day somebody asked Bowden what he would do after Charlie Ward left.
"I don't know," said Bowden, "but I guess I better get my contract renegotiated right quick."