Tape It Up: Florida State: Smith's New Look

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Florida State: Smith's New Look

One week after sustaining a concussion in Florida State's 34-24 win over UAB, Seminole starting tailback Antone Smith will take the field on Saturday against Colorado, but he will sport a new protective look when he does so. The junior sat out of contact drills all week as a precautionary measure, and will be sporting a concussion-detecting helmet, Riddell's Revolution.

Smith has practiced with the new helmet all week, cwhich he likes, saying it feels lighter than standard helmets, and says he is not worried about taking any hits against Colorado. Warning: acknowledging worry and subconsciously hesitating are two very different things. And a tailback cannot afford hesitation, no matter who he is up against.

Smith leads the team in rushing through two games, gaining 172 yards on 33 carries for an average of 4.6 yards per carry. He said that he has not experienced headaches or other symptoms since last Saturday and is ready to get back in the game.

Senior DT Andre Fluellen will also sport a new look this week when he dons a brace to protect his hyperextended elbow. Defensive coordinator Mickey Andrews may miss the game, as he is still recovering from pneumonia.

Strange Switch
Senior John Frady started 20 games as a center at FSU, including every game in 2006, which should have cemented his role as the starter in his senior year. But that was then. Now listed at 6-foot-4, 270 pounds, a full 45 pounds lighter than he was last year at this time, Frady may get another start on Saturday, this time at tight end. Frady is no stranger to change, as he had never played center before enrolling at FSU, but moving from center to tight end is quite a jump. And with senior tight end Charlie Graham questionable for Saturday with a pulled hamstring, Saturday may be Frady's first chance for tight end glory.

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