Practice Report

Florida State's main concern this preseason has been its young offensive line. A point of emphasis continues to be tight guard, where starter <b>Bobby Meeks </b>continues to battle asthma and participated in limited drills Wednesday. Reserve <b>Eric Broe </b>also is recovering from an injured kneecap suffered earlier this preseason. While both said they will be ready for FSU's season-opener at North Carolina Saturday, offensive coordinator <b>Jeff Bowden </b>is making contingency plans.

Florida State's main concern this preseason has been its young offensive line.

A point of emphasis continues to be tight guard, where starter Bobby Meeks continues to battle asthma and participated in limited drills Wednesday. Reserve Eric Broe also is recovering from an injured kneecap suffered earlier this preseason.

While both said they will be ready for FSU's season-opener at North Carolina Saturday, offensive coordinator Jeff Bowden is making contingency plans. Starting center David Castillo could move to guard, with true freshman John Frady stepping in at center. Bowden said another alternative is moving reserve tackle Ronnie Lunford to guard.

"That's something we will walk through a little big tomorrow," Bowden said.

"I am really comfortable with Bobby as long as he can stay in the entire game. He's a fine offensive lineman, if he will stay healthy. If we can keep in the ballgame. You have to keep your fingers crossed a little bit."

Despite the concerns, Bowden remains confident in his line.

"I think they can get the job done and they are going to have to, because I think they are going to be tested by I think a pretty big, physical front," Bowden said. "But assignment-wise they seem to be about right where you expect. I think they are going to get their assignments."

Broe said he felt better Wednesday.

"It's getting better every day," Broe said. "Even today, I got a pretty good sprint in there, trying to stride it out. I was able to get my leg a lot more extended in front of my body. It's feeling good."

READY TO ROLL: There's no denying his athleticism, but man fans are hoping starting QB Chris Rix has added consistency to his resume. The mention of the top quarterbacks in the Atlantic Coast Conference rarely has included him this preseason.

Rix plans to use that as motivation.

"Sure, that's motivation for me," Rix said.

"Because I know I'm just as good a player as those guys, and I have a great opportunity to show it this year. I use it as fuel, to show I can be just as efficient. "Now, I have to prove it."


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