Feeling Lucky

Florida State's offensive line is expected to be a team strength this season -- with good reason. The Seminoles return all five starters, including consensus All-American <B>Alex Barron</b> and two-year starter <B>Ray Willis.</b> FSU also features quality depth, and redshirt junior <b>Ron Lunford</b> is determined to help make a difference this season.

Florida State enters its second week of summer conditioning drills on Monday, this after receiving a thumbs-up for its initial effort.

And that's the key -- the effort must continue.

"The more we work, the better things have a chance of working out for us," junior offensive lineman Ron Lunford said.

That summation also probably best describes the Seminoles' offensive line.

The Seminoles welcome back all five starting offensive linemen, including consensus All- American Alex Barron and two-year starter Ray Willis.

Matt Meinrod, who has added noticeable bulk during the offseason, started every game as a sophomore last year at guard, while Bobby Meeks, who says he's fully recovered from an injury-plagued junior season, and Lunford shared playing time at the other guard position.

FSU coaches used last season to develop depth on the line.

True sophomore John Frady played well at center in place of veteran David Castillo along with sophomore Mario Henderson, who started the Orange Bowl against Miami at split tackle.

"We have a lot of experience and we know what's going to be expected of us," Lunford said.

"That's the key for us as a unit -- to continue to work hard. That's our main goal. I am excited about the season and I know what's expected of me as well. I feel a lot more comfortable."

Lunford, a redshirt junior from Jacksonville, played in 12 games last year and started three at the tight guard. He can also play tackle, proving himself during spring drills when he was the only healthy player at that spot.

While Lunford also has the largest jersey (58) and pant size (46), he also has one of the team's widest smiles and best persoanalities.

"You know me, I am going to do whatever the coaches need," Lunford said grinning. "I am excited about this season. We all are."


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