Running Game is Looking Up

Florida State emphasized its running game during Wednesday's half-scrimmage, and coach Bobby Bowden was pleased with the results. RB Lorenzo Booker led the way, followed by solid performances from Lamar Lewis and Jamaal Edwards.

Florida State offensive line coach Mark McHale asked assistant coach Jeff Bowden for a little variation in the plan of attack during the latest half-scrimmage.

When the team held its first scrimmage most of the plays were passing. But McHale was interested in seeing the running backs get some action. So, the Seminoles focused on its ground game Wednesday, and the results were promising.

"The running game went much better than last week," coach Bobby Bowden said.

And that applied to all the backs. Leon Washington (25 yards on five carries) marked the afternoon with a series of consistent runs, complimented by bursts from Lorenzo Booker, who led the backfield with 51 yards on seven carries. Booker broke a 17-yard run, his longest of the day, on a sweep.

Bowden commented that Booker seemed to be running more physical than he had in the past.

"I believe he's running better now than he did last year," Bowden said.

Freshmen backs Jamaal Edwards and Lamar Lewis traded off with the second-team, each producing quality runs. Lewis recorded 34 yards on seven carries, with a long of 19 yards.  

"I'm just learning the system," said Edwards, who carried the ball five times for 26 yards. "When you learn the system you're going to be better."

Whether the team will continue to place emphasis on its running at Saturday's full scrimmage, the first of the spring, was uncertain. But when the running backs had their chance, they made the most of it.

"We wanted to see what the running backs could do today - that's what we set out to accomplish. The coaches told us going in that this would be their day to do their thing," quarterback Xavier Lee said.

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