Back To Work

<b>Allen Augustin</b> arrived in Tallahassee from Miami Senior High School nearly four years ago. He was a walk-on who made his mark on special teams as a true freshman. He would earn a scholarship and eventually a starting position at middle linebacker midway through his junior season. As fate would have it, Augustin will end in collegiate career near his hometown in the Orange Bowl against the Miami Hurricanes.

But that's not to say Augustin wasn't shocked when the BCS announcement was made last Sunday. After a two-week reprieve following their regular-season finale at Florida, the Seminoles return to practice Friday to begin preparations for the Hurricanes. Again. UM has beaten FSU four consecutive times.

The game is Jan. 1 at Pro Player Stadium in Miami.

"Definitely I was shocked about that. I thought no rematches were allowed," a smiling Augustin told TheTerritory Thursday afternoon as he prepared to return to work as an intern for the Seminoles' sports information office.

"I am pretty sure they (Hurricanes) are more upset about it than we are since they beat us the first time," he said. "But I don't mind really. It's a good opportunity for our seniors to finally beat them before we get out of here."

The personable Augustin is hopeful to be at full strength for the Orange Bowl after battling a severe ankle sprain suffered against Clemson Nov. 8. At the moment, however, he continues to be plagued by discomfort.

"It's alright," Augustin said.

"I still have a little limp and it's a little sore but it's not as bad as it was before. If I can play before, I can play now. I am planning to go full bore. Hopefully I can."

Augustin said the thought of his career coming to a close is serving as powerful motivation.

"I realize how much I am going to miss it once it's over," Augustin said. "Hopefully, it will work out and I will be able to go (full strength) in practice."

The initial shock of the rematch has pretty much vanished. FSU ticket manager Patrick Martin announced Thursday afternoon that FSU has sold out of its entire Orange Bowl ticket allotment of 15,000.


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