Sept. 27, 2011
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — If an apple a day keeps the doctor away, then a well-timed bye keeps the athletic trainers at bay.
On the tail-end of a difficult two-game swing against two talented opponents, the Florida State football team was in need of the physical relief that only a bye week can provide during the course of a long college football season.
Quarterback EJ Manuel went down with an injury in the Oklahoma game and Greg Reid got nicked against the No. 1 Sooners as well. Like Manuel, Reid didn’t play against Clemson last weekend, joining a group of inactives that also included pass catchers Willie Haulstead, Bert Reed and Jarred Haggins.
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“No. 1 is getting healthy,” wide receiver Kenny Shaw said, when asked what the team’s top priority is this week. “Especially EJ’s shoulder. Couple of other guys [are out] like Bert. We get to see where we are at with injuries.”
The Seminoles don’t have much experience with byes. The last three seasons, FSU didn’t utilize its bye week to rest up and heal but rather to prepare for Thursday night games on the road.
The last true bye weekend that Florida State had on its schedule was early in the 2007 season between the Colorado and Alabama games.
This time around, the ‘Noles will benefit from an “off-week” of sorts but that doesn’t mean they aren’t in the film room and on the practice fields. After having Sunday and Monday off, players and coaches returned to the Al Dunlap Practice Fields Tuesday afternoon.
Instead of focusing entirely on a gameplan for the upcoming opponent, this week of practices will be used to not only improve physically, but improve mentally after back-to-back Saturday setbacks.
“It really does,” defensive end Brandon Jenkins said, referencing the timing of the bye. “Two physical games and two hard weeks of practice, I think it was a good time to have a bye week.”