Feeling Better

<b> Bobby Meeks</b> has tried numerous remedies to help combat his continuing battle with asthma. Fingers are crossed his latest medication provides needed relief. Of course, all eyes will be on FSU's offensive line in Saturday's season opener at North Carolina. FSU offensive coordinator <b>Jeff Bowden</b> wants to think his young line has been battle tested by a fast and furious 'Noles defense. "I don't think a defense is going to put more speed on the field than what we've seen in practice."

Bobby Meeks has tried numerous remedies to help combat his continuing battle with asthma. Fingers are crossed his latest medication provides needed relief.

"I am on a new medication and it seems to be helping," Meeks told TheTerritory.

"I am feeling better. I am trying to stick with it, (to) see if I can make it through these practices. It has been tough."

Meeks, Florida State's starting tight guard, has been plagued by a rash of asthma attacks this preseason, costing him valuable practice time. He participated in limited drills Wednesday after failing to finish practice a day earlier.

Backup Eric Broe also has been limited as he recovers from an injured kneecap. Still, both players say they will be ready for Saturday's season-opener at North Carolina.

Meeks said his asthma hasn't been this bad since his senior season at Nimitz High School in Aldine, Texas.

"The heat makes it a lot worse on me," Meeks said.

"It's working me over pretty good -- the heat doesn't do my any justice. It's frustrating. I don't think it's really fair for me to be starting -- he's (Broe) out there doing my reps. I am just trying to make it through each day, to be there for the team and the offensive line."

Of course, many fans are anxious to see how FSU's young line performs against the Tar Heels. UNC coach John Bunting said he's certain that the defensive line will be vastly improved after struggling all of 2002. The linebackers have a year's experience and know their places in the defense as well.

Broe, however, believes the Seminoles' defensive front has helped prepare FSU for any and all challenges.

"People after realize who the offensive line is going against -- that D-line of ours is awesome," Broe said.

"You expect most teams we are going against won't have a D-line like we do. That's a good feeling to have going into the UNC. Our guys are awesome."

FSU offensive coordinator Jeff Bowden also wants to think his offensive line has been battle tested this preseason. The Seminoles' defense dominated the first three preseason scrimmages, blitzing from near and far.

"It's good that we see it and it's good that we see it from our defense because I don't think we are going to see it from a faster group," Bowden said.

"I don't think a defense is going to put more speed on the field than what we've seen in practice. I have to admit. We've seen everything that we could see from the term of blitzing. It helps us anytime we can get a fastball look at that."


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