Training Room Report

After opening the season with five consecutive games, FSU has an opportunity to catch its breath this week. And that can be a good thing for FSU's injured. With second-ranked Miami looming on the horizon Oct. 11, the Seminoles began preparations with a light practice Tuesday night. They will pick up the pace Wednesday and Thursday before breaking for a long weekend. "Their bodies need this. Mentally, you know how to get prepared but it's not hurry, hurry, rush, rush," Randy Oravetz said.

After opening the season with five consecutive games, the Florida State Seminoles have an opportunity to catch their breath this week.

And that can be a good thing for FSU's injured.

With second-ranked Miami looming on the horizon, the Seminoles began preparations with a light practice Tuesday night.

"After two-a-days and five straight games, you really enjoy an off week," said Randy Oravetz, FSU's director of sports medicine.

"Again, they had Monday off and tonight (Tuesday) was a light practice. Tomorrow (Wednesday) will probably be shells and full gear on Thursday. Then they will have three days off. Their bodies need this. Mentally, you know how to get prepared but it's not hurry, hurry, rush, rush. You can still get your work in and you have a little extra time. Everything is a little more relaxed and a little more comfortable.

"We are getting some of the injured back this week. They are getting a good week of practice. They will be in blue shirts (non-contact) but they will be getting a lot of reps. So, when they get back out (next) Monday, they will be ready to go. Everybody needs to take the banging down a bit. Give their legs a little R & R."

Of course, fingers and toes are crossed that tailbacks Leon Washington and Lorenzo Booker are able to return for the Hurricanes. Washington has been out since the season-opener against North Carolina with a dislocated right elbow, while Booker tweaked his ankle and suffered a knee sprain against Maryland.

"I am feeling good. I haven't run in a long time so I am trying to get in shape," a winded Washington said.

"I am carrying the ball pretty well in my right arm. I am getting better extension in my arm. Everything is going pretty well. That's the main concern -- I want to get full extension with carrying the ball in my right arm. I am getting better every day."

The personable Washington admitted it has been difficult to watch the season's first month. He dressed out for the first time against Duke last Saturday but was not needed.

"It has been real tough, I want to get out there and help the team in any way possible," Washington smiled.

"The guys are doing great job. You have a lot of guys stepping up and filling roles. I want to be able to help out in this game (Miami) though. I kind of wanted to sneak in there (against Duke) and get the ball one time. But it felt good dressing out, getting that game feeling back. It's getting better every day and I am thankful for that. But I am playing no matter what. I am definitely ready."

Booker, meanwhile, says he's also progressing nicely though he sat out conditioning drills at the end of practice to ice his left knee.

"I feel good," Booker said.

"Better than I did four weeks ago. Better than I did last week. Better than I did yesterday. Honestly, as long as I keep getting better every day, I can't really ask for much more. As long I am not getting worse, I am fine. As long as I have full range of motion and as long as I cut fine, I will be alright. I have two weeks -- it's great we have a bye, which gives us that extra week and I have the whole weekend to basically rehab and keep getting it stronger. I definitely think I will be ready."

Others on the mend include linebacker Kendyll Pope, (knee) defensive end Eric Moore, (hand), receiver P.K. Sam (knee) and tight end Matt Henshaw (knee).

"I should be ready if Randy (Oravetz) lets me (Wednesday)" Henshaw said and smiled.

"I should be able to jog. I could have run today but Randy said let's not taking any chances. But it feels great. I definitely want to get back for this game. I want to beat them bad."


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