Training Room Report

Click here to read the latest on FSU's injured for Saturday's homecoming against North Carolina. Tailback Nick Maddox continued his treatment Friday morning. Also, center Antoine Mirambeau is expected back from his hometown of Miami, while Greg Jones is scheduled to head home to South Carolina for a quick visit.

Nick Maddox continued treatment Friday morning for his injured ankle, and his status for Saturday's homecoming against North Carolina is expected to be a game-time decision.

Maddox, who continues to experience soreness in his upper ankle area, worked lightly with trainers in an effort to minimize any impact to his right ankle. Maddox worked on range-of-motion exercises, spent 15 minutes on the stairmaster, soaked in a warm whirlpool and received ice treatments.

Randy Oravetz, FSU's Director of Sports Medicine, told TheTerritory earlier this week that Maddox has experienced only minimal swelling. Maddox, who does not tape his ankles before games, was injured last Saturday at Georgia Tech.

Maddox concentrated on only light conditioning in practice this week, increasing the possibility that running backs coach Billy Sexton will turn to his freshmen tailbacks against the struggling Tar Heels. That also increases the possibility that Lorenzo Booker could play for the first time this season.

Booker was to be redshirted, but injuries to the Seminoles' top three tailbacks have changed plans. The likely scenario is for Leon Washington and Thomas Clayton, both freshmen, to get the bulk of carries.

In fact, the Seminoles' offense could feature four new starters since the team's last home game against Notre Dame Oct. 26 -- Adrian McPherson will make his third consecutive start at quarterback in place of Chris Rix, while Bobby Meeks wll make his first career start at guard in pace of the injured Montrae Holland (ankle). Additionally, sophomore David Castillo may step in for senior Antoine Mirambeau (knee) at center.

Maddox has filled in nicely for the injured Greg Jones, who is out for the remainder of the year with a torn knee ligament. Check out these numbers:

*Maddox has rushed for 244 yards on 41 carries (5.9 yards per carry) in the last two games. He has gained 224 of FSU's 395 total rushing yards (61.8 percent) in those two games.

*Maddox has rushed for a single-season career-high 566 yards, gaining nearly as many yards this season as he did during the first three years of his Seminoles career (619).

*Maddox has gained 1,185 career yards on 225 carries.

*Maddox has rushed for more than 100 yards in each of the last two Seminole games. He had never rushed for more than 100 yards in a single game during the first 46 games of his career.

*Maddox has five rushing touchdowns this season. He totaled three rushing touchdowns during the first three years of his career.

Jones, meanwhile, continues to receive treatment for his knee – he tore his ACL and injured his MCL at Wake Forest Nov. 2. Jones, who remains on crutches, will leave for home following Saturday's game to receive a second opinion.

Jones is earmarked for surgery by FSU team physicians in possibly two weeks. Team trainers want to strengthen Jones' MCL (non-surgical ligament) and increase his range of motion to at least 90 degrees prior to surgery.

Mirambeau, meanwhile, is expected back today from his hometown of Miami, where he also was scheduled to receive a second opinion on his injured left knee. Mirambeau suffered a knee sprain at Georgia Tech, though he only missed on play. Castillo, meanwhile, continues to wear a splint on his left hand to protect his surgically-repaired wrist. It's not expected to hamper him against the Tar Heels.

Holland, meanwhile, is expected back for the N.C. State game next weekend. Holland, who also was injured at Wake Forest when Mirambeau was blocked and fell on the back of his leg, has concentrated on pool workouts (jogging/swimming/agility drills). He continues to respond well, according to trainers, though he also has experienced soreness. Freshman Matt Heinz started in place of Holland against Tech but did split time with Meeks.


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