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Making Adjustments

Tackle <b>Alex Barron</b> realizes the task at hand. Already without a senior and full of first-year starters, Florida State's offensive line has become even younger. That wouldn't appear to bode well for Saturday's showdown at Virginia, a preseason pick by some analysts to win the league."Sure, we have some new guys coming in," said Barron, who graded a team-high 94 percent with seven pancake blocks in the Seminoles' 22-14 defeat to Miami last Saturday. <p>

"They have to step up, just like anyone else would if somebody got hurt and they had to step in. We know what's at stake. Everyone has to look at a little more film, concentrate a little harder, work that much more. We will have a lot more mental work because we have some new guys in there. You can't complain or make excuses -- you have to keep working."

John Frady, a true freshman from Jacksonville Bolles, will start against the Cavs at center in place David Castillo. Ron Lunford, a redshirt sophomore who was a backup tackle, will move into a starting guard position in place of Bobby Meeks.

Castillo, who has played nearly the entire season with an injured right foot, told coaches he will practice today and can help Frady with as much relief work as the coaches want. Bowden said Castillo will probably dress out and be available in an emergency basis against the Cavaliers.

Bowden also stressed Frady will be expected to go the distance and added that sophomore Andrew Henry-Kennon, not Castillo, will be the top backup at center.

Additionally, offensive guard Eric Broe had athroscopic knee surgery Tuesday and doctors found less damage than once feared. Broe is expected to be out at least four to five weeks.

Tackle Mario Henderson has been told he will get playing time in the game in relief help of Barron or Ray Willis, who is considered the Seminoles most consistent lineman but had a sub-par game against UM.

Meeks, meanwhile, injured his shoulder against Miami and also has battled asthma-related problems all season. He's out indefinitely.

``You got what you got,'' offensive line coach Jimmy Heggins said.

``Those guys [Frady and Lunford] are our best options. They'll have to get the job done.''

Added Bobby Bowden: "We can't gamble anymore that (Meeks) might get well, that he might be healthy. We'll try to use both of them (Castillo and Meeks) in backup roles, where they can come in and support those guys if they get hurt. We've got to do that. I hate to do it, because these kids (Castillo and Meeks) have big hearts. But they just can't be effective with the situation they're in."

Jeff Bowden said the changes likely will affect the game plan for the Cavaliers. How, however, remains to be seen. The Semnoles suffered five turnovers and appeared stymied by both the UM defense and the wet conditions.

"Miami had a great scheme and we couldn't capitalize on it," Bowden said.

"We just couldn't throw the ball down the field. That's our MO."

Barron said the Seminoles don't have any time to complain or fret. FSU's remaining schedule features four road games at Virginia, Notre Dame, Clemson and Florida. Home games include Wake Forest and North Carolina State.

"I think we played okay," Barron said of FSU's effort against UM.

"We had some miscues here and there, in certain situations, some worse than others. We have to correct those mistakes and get those right for this week. As far as I know, we are going to be pretty balanced. We had miscues when we had wins, too."

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