Tape It Up: Florida State: Deal With It

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Florida State: Deal With It

Week one is officially upon us and that means no more excuses, especially when you're playing for Bobby Bowden. Florida State's head coach isn't particularly interested in hearing the details of his star running back's toe injury - junior Antone Smith has been running a bit slower recently, hampered by a nagging toe pain - and the coach has made clear that it's time for everyone to step up and get ready to play.

Smith will be the headliner in offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher's new offense, and the preseason All-ACC selection is not complaining much about the injury either, though he does acknowledge that it's been bothering him as of late. Smith has described the toe injury as "especially painful" and has been receiving treatment for the past few days. But with the season exactly one week away, that doesn't mean he gets to relax. Just the opposite - his load may slightly increase this week as the Seminoles get ready to kick off the season.

The 5-foot-9, 188-pound back averaged 5.2 yards per carry last season, and the Seminoles' coaching staff expect him to produce similar numbers as the featured back in 2007, starting with game one, which will be the second start of his career.

Florida State opens its season Sept. 3 at Clemson.

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