December 20, 2006

Insider Report: Lorenzo Booker, Sod Captain

No Emeralds for Smith (By Derek Redd, The Osceola )

It's either all or nothing for Florida State running back Antone Smith. Either he's on the field at 100 percent, or he's not on the field. That reasoning is what led Smith, still recovering from a dislocated right elbow, to decide not to play in the upcoming Emerald Bowl against UCLA.

"There's no shot at me playing," he said. "I'm just going to sit out and watch the game."

Smith dislocated his elbow in his first career start against Western Michigan. He had been sharing carries at an almost 50-50 split with senior offensive captain Lorenzo Booker. Against the Broncos, the Seminoles attempted to give Smith the lion's share of the carries and split Booker out wide, getting both players on the field as much as possible.

With Smith out, Booker is the starter with Marcus Sims and Jamaal Edwards in reserve.

Smith said Wednesday that his rehabilitation had been progressing well. He had been doing work in the water and has started running again. He said he can't lock out his elbow, which influenced his decision to sit out of the game.

"I can't swing (my arm) right now," he said. "You can't get your stride out. You can't get the full length of your stride. It takes a lot out. That's the biggest reason I'm not playing, because I'm not going to be my best out there. I want to be my best when I'm out there.

The loss of that arm had thrown his running ability out of whack.

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