Sunday's Report

A pair of crucial injuries may handcuff Florida State coach Bobby Bowden's offensive flexibility.

Florida State leading rusher Leon Washington and leading receiver Chauncey Stovall both exited in the second half of FSU's 20-17 victory at Wake Forest.

Stovall strained his hamstring and trainers reported today that Washington separated his right shoulder after taking a hit from a Demon Deacon defender.

The status of both for FSU's Oct. 30 game at Maryland will be further determined Monday afternoon.

Bowden said his first inclination would be to move receiver/punt returner Willie Reid into the backup tailback role behind Lorenzo Booker, but that he'll trust the true freshman tandem of Jamaal Edwards and Lamar Lewis instead.

"They'll have to play whether they're ready or not," Bowden said of his freshmen.

"The ideal guy is Willie Reid. I'm not sure if I can do that now."

Reid, who is still hampered somewhat by a groin injury, will have in increased role in the passing game if Stovall cannot go. The junior has bounced between the receiving corps and the backfield in his three seasons with the Seminoles.

Washington came into the game with an ACC-leading 609 rushing yards on the season. He finished with 80 yards on 15 carries Saturday.

Stovall has a team-high 352 yards and four touchdowns through the air.

Lewis and Edwards, meanwhile, have combined for 36 yards on 13 carries.

Booker (104), Washington (100), quarterback Chris Rix (19) and fullback James Coleman (19) are the only FSU players with double-digit carries.

CLOSE CALLS

The Seminoles survived their second consecutive close call on the road Saturday. After losing at Miami in overtime, the Seminoles have edged a pair of lighty-regarded opponents in Syracuse (17-14) and Wake (20-17) away from Tallahassee.

Bowden didn't discount the most recent nail-biter in Sunday's conference call.

"Every team that has played [Wake Forest] has either won or lost in the last seconds," he said. "I'm just glad were not one of the victims."

The coach also hinted that playing the Hurricanes to open the season may have tempered his team for these last-second showdowns before making one realistic point.

"We just as easily could be 7-0 or we could be 4-3," he said.

"You talk about one play in the Miami game and one play in Syracuse game and one play in yesterday's game. That's the way football is. We should feel very fortunate given the that things are."

INJURY REPORT

RB Leon Washington – right shoulder separation
WR Chauncey Stovall – right hamstring strain
LB Marcello Church – chest contusion
TE Paul Irons – right ankle sprain
WR Craphonso Thorpe – bruised ribs


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