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Monday, October 25, 2004
Booker will carry load in tailback's absence

Associated Press

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Florida State tailback Leon Washington will miss at least one game with a separated right shoulder but could be out longer.

Washington will be out "probably a couple, looking at it optimistically," coach Bobby Bowden said after practice Monday.

Washington, the team's leading rusher with 689 yards and a 98.4-yard average, separated the shoulder in the fifth-ranked Seminoles' 20-17 win Saturday over Wake Forest.

Sophomore Lorenzo Booker, who has split carries nearly 50-50 with Washington and averages just over 80 yards, will become the Seminoles' featured back.

"Nothing's changed," Booker said. "Yeah, I'm going to get more of the workload, but it's not like last year where everything is new to me. I've been through everything pretty much already."

The injury will put freshmen Lamar Lewis and Jamaal Edwards into more prominent roles.

Lewis has seven carries for 13 yards, Edwards six for 23. Both have played late in four games.

"They're going to have to be ready to go," said Bowden, whose Seminoles play at Maryland on Saturday.