In fact, Booker says he can walk or run -- take your pick. Despite a self-proclaimed bill of good health, Florida State is taking the safe approach with its talented tailback.
Booker will miss the Seminoles' showdown against Georgia Tech next weekend after suffering a knee sprain and re-aggravating his ankle on the same play in FSU's victory over Maryland at Doak Campbell Stadium.
"They haven't told me anything, they just said I sprained my knee a little bit," Booker said Sunday.
"They didn't tell me any [damaged] ligaments or anything like that. They did their little test as far as moving it and things like that and they were like, you're fine, so they just wanted to keep it in a brace so that I don't move it or try to stretch anything out, so that it grows back tight together.''
The Seminoles (2-0) are suddenly uncomfortably thin at tailback.
Starter Greg Jones had a big night, rushing 14 times for 88 yards and two touchdowns, including a 44-yarder around right end. However, he is being utilized with caution because of a season-ending knee injury and surgery last November.
Tailback-turned-receiver-turned-back-to-tailback Willie Reid ran eight times for 30 yards after Booker was not able to return to the game Saturday.
Second-team tailback Leon Washington continues to recover from a dislocated right elbow suffered at North Carolina and remains hopeful of a quick return. Ryan Reynolds, who also saw plenty of action during the preseason but injured his ribs, also is available after playing on special teams against the Terps, FSU coach Bobby Bowden said.
"I don't know who else we could move in. We could find somebody," Bowden said Sunday.
"On top of that, we're talking about tailbacks – the next tailback has been out with broken ribs for two weeks. That's Ryan (Reynolds). He played a little bit last night – not much. We'll have Greg, we'll have Willie, and I think Booker'll probably be back. Then Washington will be back – I don't know when, but it's not like he's out all year."
Booker says his left knee will be in an air cast " for like four days and then take a look at it again. … I could run right now, but they don't want me to." Booker said a Maryland defender landed on his knee during a tackle.
"That play where I went in for the direct, he landed on me wrong," Booker said.
"It was my ankle at first, but then that was alright. The safety like landed on my knee a little awkward. Even then it was fine, but was like, "Nah, we're just gonna keep it in a brace,' because he don't' want the ligament to get stretched out or nothing like that. So, next Monday I'll be practicing at full speed."
Booker had 42 rushing yards on seven carries before limping off to the sidelines.
"They making me do this," Booker said.
"I could walk on my own and I could run on my own."
When it comes to injuries, Bowden says the Seminoles must simply cross their fingers.
"That's why you need more than one tailback," Bowden said. "Look at other teams. Something happens to the tailback. (Maurice) Clarett – something happened to their (Ohio State's) tailback. Georgia Tech must have lost three tailbacks last year. We've always had a run of tailbacks being injured."