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Barron one of three senior starters
Barron one of three senior starters
Posted Dec 29, 2004

Florida State's offensive line features three senior starters in tackles Ray Willis and Alex Barron and guard Bobby Meeks. The trio would love nothing more than to end their Seminole careers on a good note in Saturday's Gator Bowl against West Virginia. Willis, however, continues to be plagued by an ankle injury and his status for the game remains unclear.

Ray Willis has been a cornerstone along Florida State's offensive line during his career.

He's a three-year starter who enters Saturday's Gator Gowl against West Virginia with 35 career starts.

But there's one problem.

Willis' status remains uncertain due to an ankle injury suffered in the regular-season finale against Florida.

"It's still wait and see on Ray Willis. All you can say right now is that it is day-to-day," FSU coach Bobby Bowden said following the Seminoles' practice.

If Willis is unable to go, redshirt freshman David Overmyer will make his first career start.

Overmyer, from Lilburn, Ga., played in all 11 games this season in a reserve role as well as on special teams. He will enter spring drills as the front-runner to replace Willis.

"I've worked hard for this opportunity," Overmyer said.

"I have been getting almost all of the reps with both the first and second offense during bowl practices. I feel like I'm well prepared.

"It would be exciting to start and it would be a good experience to build on for next year."

FSU's offensive line features three senior starters in Willis, All-American Alex Barron at split tackle and Bobby Meeks at tight guard.

Meeks has 20 career starts to his credit. Quotes furnished by FSU sports information.

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