It's especially key for the team's lengthy list of injured, many of whom missed spring drills and are frontline players, from tailback Greg Jones (knee) to defensive lineman Travis Johnson (shoulder) to linebacker Kendyll Pope (shoulder) to defensive back Stanford Samuels (shoulder).
Under NCAA guidelines, the Seminoles can train eight hours per week – four in the weight room and four on the practice field – under the supervision of FSU's support staff.
"I think a lot of them want to work," Oravetz told TheTerritory Tuesday afternoon.
"Getting ready to start cardiovascular and getting back in shape. Getting out in the heat. It's hot out there today. The thing is you want to peak in eight weeks. You are not going to try to make it today. But every week, week one through week eight, you want to get better, better and better so when you report Aug. 5 you are ready to go. That's the whole idea."
Oravetz says FSU's injured have made progress the past few months. Still, most players are not expected back on campus until the start of the summer's second session. Even so, summer workouts help set the tone for the upcoming season. And it's not secret the Seminoles must cover plenty of ground to help erase recent struggles.
"That's the point you try to get across," Oravetz said.
"You don't want to go into training camp getting in shape. You want to be in shape when you get in there. In less than 30 days, you are playing a football game. You report on the (Aug.) fifth and you play the 31st, according to my math, in 26 days you are teeing it up. Cardiovascular wise and muscular wise, we need to get all these problems corrected. To show they are ready to go back out there and their confidence level wll be back. Every week we can build it up build it up."
Most eyes will be on Jones, the Seminoles' bruising tailback who suffered a torn knee at Wake Forest. Oravetz said Jones has been running and lifting and "looks strong." Also, Walker is lifting and throwing following surgery on his right shoulder.
Defensively, nose guard Jeff Womble has had trouble keeping his weight down – over 300 pounds – as he continues to recover from Achilles tendon surgery. Broderick Bunkley, Oravetz said, is lifting and recovering nicely. Players who currently at home include Chris Davis, Lorenzo Booker, Willie Reid, and Darnell Dockett
"We had significant injuries last year and we have to get these guys back," Oravetz said.
"Hopefully, over the next two to three weeks everyone will get back into town with the second summer session starting, we will get everybody back here and we will have a real god idea what we have to work with. The other thing, the incoming freshmen, once they pass their physicals they can work out.
"Once we start today, we will start eye-balling who is out there. You are looking for senior leadership. You watch Greg, whenever he runs he's never back in the pack. We have to get a lot of guys step up. It's their year now. It's time for them to be a leader and time for them to step up and lead this team."
INJURED LIST: Alex Barron (knee and ankle), Michael Boulware (shoulder), Broderick Bunkley (knee), Jerome Carter (shoulder), Chris Davis (knee), B.J Dean (shoulder), Darnell Dockett (Achilles), Andrew Henry-Kennon (ankle), Travis Johnson (shoulder), Greg Jones (knee), Willie Jones (knee/ankle), Bobby Meeks (shoulder), Claudius Osei (Achilles), Kendyll Pople (shoulder), Willie Reid (ankle), Brian Ross (broken leg), Stanford Samuels (shouler), Fabian Walker (shoulder), Torrance Washington (knee), Roger Williams (neck), Ray Willis (shoulder), Jeff Womble (Achilles).