Q & A with Lorenzo Booker

FSU redshirt junior tailback Lorenzo Booker spoke to the media following Florida State's loss to NC State. In the following transcript, the California native talks about not being able to run the ball, his emotional day in regards to Leon Washington and the two blocked punts in the fourth quarter.

Q: Do think that the coaches should have called some running plays when you all were down in the redzone at the end of the game?

A: I don't know. I have the most confidence in Drew (Weatherford) than anyone else on the field. The things that he has done up until this point, I don't think there's anything that he can't handle. It would be unrealistic to say that he is going to come through every single time. He is not going to be able to do the things that he did against Maryland last week in every game. If there is a guy that has done it, than I would like to see it. I think it's a big learning point for Drew because he is young. The thing that I told him is that you are going to be here a lot longer than me but I would like him to realize sooner than I did that this is not high school. What I mean in that is in high school when you decided to take over a game – there wasn't anything anybody (on the other team) could do about it. Nine times out of ten you were better than anyone that they had and there wasn't anything that they could do about it. There is a lot better athletes on the other side now. It's team ball like Leon ( Washington) always says. All you can do is what you can do. A lot of times that might be good enough but if you tell yourself that and look in the mirror than there's nothing to feel bad about.

Q: It seemed that you became really handicapped in the redzone because you all couldn't run…

A: What I wanted to do more was…I ran a dart route, which is where you go outside and come back in the middle. They were manning up and they had a (middle linebacker) spying me. I really felt that I was the better athlete than that guy and the one time I got to show that we got like 20 yards. I wanted to run more routes like that. I wanted to run more like that because if they are going to put a Mike linebacker on me than let me do my do and see how good of an athlete he is. Obviously they think he's pretty good on the other side so let's prove them wrong. But we didn't get a chance to do that. I just feel like there was a lot of plays that could have been made that weren't.

Q: How did it affect you and the team not having Leon Washington in there?,

A: Obviously, Leon is one of our biggest playmakers. I think more than anything, just him being out there…his presence in the pads is what we missed. I mean, I was dying before the game started. When he left the locker room and all the rest of my guys left the locker room and I knew that was the last time we were in their together it tore me to pieces. It took me a while to recover.

Q: Would you say that there is some frustration on the part of the offensive guys because of the difficulty you all had tonight?

A: I don't think so. I mean, there is a lot of things that go through your head when things aren't working especially if you think you aren't doing what you think you should be doing in terms of productivity. I just think that everyone could have done a better job – me, Drew, the line. It's unrealistic to say that (Jeff Bowden) is always going to put us in good positions and it's unrealistic to say that one of us is always going to make plays. You just hope that when one is having a bad day, the other is having a great day so that it evens out.

Q: Were you surprised at how the game played out in the end with the two blocked punts?

A: We had all the momentum. It was a blocked punt. Not only was it a blocked punt but there was a second blocked punt inside the last three or four minutes – inside the six (yard line). I mean, we are at home! You couldn't have asked for a better situation and we did not capitalize. We didn't make it happen and that's what bothers me the most out of anything.


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