'Noles Dealing with Rash of Injuries

Leon Washington, John Frady and several others highlight a long list of injured players.

ROSTER REPORT: The Seminoles are livid about losing DE Kamerion Wimbley (MCL sprain) on what they believe was a dirty chop-block by N.C. State. Wimbley will be sidelined this week, probably the Florida game and may not be able to return until the bowl game. In his place, the Seminoles will try to get maximum mileage from DE Darrell Burston and Alex Boston.

The Seminoles are down to seven offensive linemen with playing experience, after it was confirmed that guard John Frady will be lost for the rest of the year with a shoulder injury.

He had major surgery Monday to repair a separation that was first put together last winter. Frady re-injured the same shoulder in the Maryland game. He will not be able to go through spring practice for a second time.

The Seminoles may also be without tailback Leon Washington (ankle), who is practicing, but not running at full speed. With an open date next week, the Seminoles may try and save Washington for the Florida game and the ACC championship game the next Saturday.

SCOUTING THE FSU OFFENSE: The biggest concern for the Seminoles entering Saturday's game against Clemson is their offensive line. Injuries have depleted an already suspect unit. It has been a major factor in why the Seminoles have not been able to run the ball well this season. Despite having four talented tailbacks, they rank No. 99 nationally in rushing offense. Their lack of faith in drive-blocking has led to spread formations and throwing on most downs.

SCOUTING THE FSU DEFENSE: Big plays are hurting this defense. In the past five games, the Seminoles have allowed 11 passes of 20 or more yards. Three resulted in touchdowns. Two other passes went for more than 35 yards. On the ground, 11 rushes have been given up for at least 20 yards. Four resulted in touchdowns.

PLAYERS TO WATCH: QB Drew Weatherford — He's coming off his worst game since the season opener against Miami, passing for under 200 yards for only the second time this season. This is where Weatherford can prove what type of resolve he possesses.

TB Lorenzo Booker — The Seminoles have to get Booker more involved. He had only 16 touches (12 rushes, four passes) last week and was ineffective. With Leon Washington out of the game with an ankle injury, Booker figures to be a big factor Saturday.

DT Brodrick Bunkley — He had a career-best 10 tackles, including five for loss yardage against N.C. State.

WR Willie Reid — A concussion kept him sidelined much of last week. Reid needs to play, because he's the most dependable receiver and a proven leader. He will help restore Weatherford's confidence on vertical throws.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "It's not fun. Tommy needs to win and I'm going to do everything I can to win. I'm going to hurt him if I beat him and he's going to hurt me if he beats me." — FSU coach Bobby Bowden on the consequences of facing son Tommy Bowden in an FSU vs. Clemson game.

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