Smith ready for Bama

Antone Smith has broken a run of at least 30 yards in each of Florida States first three game giving them a running game they can be confident about. Following practice, Smith took the time to talk with me before hitting the showers. We talked about the status of his injured toe, his thoughts on his performance against Colorado and what he thinks about Alabama.

Against UAB, Smith suffered a mild concussion but was ready to go at Colorado. There he suffered an injury to his toe with what the trainers are calling turf toe; or a sprain of the big toe. He is not worried about it affecting his status next week when the Noles travel to Jacksonville to take on Alabama. "It actually feels kind of better today. They gave me a new kind of insoles for my shoes and it felt a lot better. I give it about a 90 percent right now. This week will benefit us a lot being that we have the off week, so hopefully I get to 100 percent and am ready to play Alabama."

Antone rushed for 66 yards on 19 carries including a 36 yard touchdown run last Saturday at Colorado. What would seem to be decent numbers for a normal back did not satisfy Smith. "I think I played average. I mean, I feel like I left a lot of yards out there on the field. Overall, I just played average." Bobby Bowden was also critical of Smiths performance saying that he didn't think Antone ran the ball well at all. The 66 yards was only 4 more then Antone had in 3 quarters against UAB.

Next Saturday will mark the first time FSU has played a SEC school besides Florida since they lost to Georgia in the 2003 Sugar Bowl 26-13 and Smith is really looking forward to rebounding with a big game against Alabama. He knows it is going to be a very tough game though. "They played Arkansas this past weekend and played them pretty tough. They won the game, so obviously we're playing a very good team, so we're just gonna go out, do what we do best, hopefully execute and win the game."




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