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Bios of 2004 Offensive Line

May 28, 2004


#70 Alex Barron
Offensive Tackle, 6-6, 308, Senior
Orangeburg, SC (Wilkinson)

At Florida State: Returns for his senior season after earning All-America honors a year ago…named an FWAA, Walter Camp, Associated Press, and CollegeFootballNews.com first team All-American as a junior…third Seminole offensive lineman in the last two years to receive All-America honors…teams with Ray Willis to give Florida State what could be the best set of offensive tackles in the country…held out of spring practice after having shoulder surgery during the off-season…regarded as one of the top pass blockers in the nation…has started 19 games during his Seminole career.

Junior Year (2003): Named an FWAA, Walter Camp, Associated Press, and CollegeFootballNews.com first-team All-American…started 12 of 13 games at split tackle…voted first-team All-ACC at the tackle position…filled the role of departed All-American Brett Williams, helping the Seminole passing offense rack up 3,409 yards through the air…also blocked for a group of running backs that averaged 4.6 yards per carry.

Sophomore Year (2002): Started five games while appearing in all 14 as a backup to two-time All-ACC performer Brett Williams at split tackle…made his first collegiate start against Virginia, while also starting against Duke, Louisville, Notre Dame and Florida…played a big role in helping the offense gain 2,618 rushing yards, the fourth most yards gained in FSU history.

Freshman Year (2001): Saw action in four games…would have started the final two games after ACC Blocking Trophy winner Brett Williams went down with a knee injury in the NC State game, but missed both games after breaking his hand in practice…graded at a season-high 82 percent in the Seminoles’ win over Virginia…never graded out below 73 percent in any game…credited with five intimidations and two key blocks on the season…missed final three games with an injury.

2000: Redshirted due to a knee injury he suffered during preseason workouts.

High School: A standout offensive lineman at Wilkinson…PrepStar and Football News All-American…named to PrepStar’s 1999 Top 100 (No. 3 offensive lineman) Dream Team…listed as the No. 5 prospect in the Atlantic Region by PrepStar…named to the Orlando Sentinel’s All-South team…SuperPrep’s No. 15 offensive lineman…rated as the No. 19 offensive lineman in the nation by Rivals100.com…G&W’s No. 3 ACC-area prospect…Jeff Whitaker’s Deep South Football Recruiting Guide South Carolina Player of the Year…first team All-South by Fox Sports Net…Orlando Sentinel’s Top 100 national player…also played basketball…reported a 320-pound bench press and a time of 5.1 in the 40-yard dash…chose Florida State over Notre Dame, South Carolina, Georgia Tech and Georgia.

Personal: Born September 28, 1982…majoring in social sciences.


Eric Broe
Split Guard, 6-6, 316, Sophomore
Norcross, GA (Wesleyan High School)

At Florida State: Missed all of last season and hopes to receive medical clearance to participate in preseason drills…has been hampered by injuries most of his young career at FSU…impressed coaches in the spring of 2003 when he earned the second effort award for the offense…knows both guard positions and can play either one…will be a valuable reserve when cleared to play.

2003: Missed the entire season with an injury.

Freshman Year (2002): Played in all 14 games including the Sugar Bowl against Georgia…earned most of his playing time on special teams including field goals and extra point teams…also earned reserve duties on the offensive line throughout the season.

2001: Redshirted along with most of his class.

High School: Graduated from Wesleyan High School in 2001…a starter at right tackle in the national high school all-star game in Dallas, Texas following his senior season…ranked as the 12th best offensive lineman and earned a four star rating by Rivals100.com…a member of the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s Super Southern 1000…named to Max Emfingers’ Nifty 150 as one of the top 150 prep prospects in the nation…selected to BorderWars.com list of the nation’s top 100 prep players…a Class A all-state first team selection his senior season…played both offense and defense in high school…considered by most recruiting services to be the top offensive lineman in the state of Georgia his senior season.

Personal: Born Jan. 15, 1983…major is computer science.


#63 David Castillo
Center, 6-2, 304, Junior
Palm Beach, Fla. (Palm Beach Gardens)

At Florida State: Listed as a junior last year and again this season as NCAA awarded him a hardship redshirt season….returning starter for the Seminoles at center and one of the leaders of the team…missed spring practice after undergoing shoulder surgery…named the Most Valuable Offensive Player, Most Dependable Offensive Lineman and the Most Outstanding Offensive Player following 2003 spring practice…exceptional student who hopes to attend medical school.

Junior Year (2003): Started 12 of the 13 games at center while battling numerous injuries…voted second team All-ACC at center…missed his only start of the year at Virginia, but played the majority of the game…calls the defensive fronts for the FSU offensive line…helped lead an offensive line for an offense that totaled 1,734 yards rushing…worked on an offensive line for an offense that ranked among the ACC’s top three in scoring and total offense.

Sophomore Year (2002): Played in eight of Florida State’s 14 games…earned his first career start against North Carolina and started three of the final four games of the season when senior Antoine Mirambeau was injured against Georgia Tech…started against Florida and Georgia in the Sugar Bowl…earned playing time for the first time against Virginia…also played against Duke, Louisville, Georgia Tech and NC State…Florida State averaged 160.3 yards rushing, 210 yards passing and 370.3 total yards in three games with Castillo as its starting center.

Freshman Year (2001): Began the season listed as the second team center behind Antoine Mirambeau…injured his hand early during preseason practice and did not play in any games…had surgery Sept. 21 to correct tendon damage and missed the remainder of the season.

2000: Redshirted along with most of his signing class.

High School: Graduated from Palm Beach Gardens High School in 2000…named the district player of the year as an offensive lineman during his senior season…among the top run blockers in the state of Florida as a prep player…recorded 77 intimidations (pancakes) and helped Palm Beach Gardens rush for over 2,700 yards his senior season…played in the Florida/Georgia All-Star game…also competed in weightlifting and wrestling…selected Florida State over Kansas State, Colorado State, Indiana and Marshall.

Personal: Born December 8, 1981…major is exercise science…is on a pre-med academic track.


#67 John Frady
Center, 6-4, 298, Sophomore
Jacksonville, FL (Bolles)

At Florida State: Saw considerable playing time as a true freshman in 2003 when starter David Castillo went down with injuries…played extremely well for such a young player and coaches learned that he has the attitude and desire to play right away…very physical player who is not intimidated…will enter the fall listed as the backup to Castillo at center once again…named to Sporting News’ 2003 All-ACC Freshmen team…proven player who gives coaches the luxury of being able to substitute freely at the position.

Freshman Year (2003): Earned his first career start against Virginia in place of David Castillo as the first true freshman to start on the offensive line in the Jimmy Heggins’ era…was a member of an offense that ranked among the ACC’s top three in scoring offense and total offense…stepped in for an injured Castillo against Miami and played very well…impressed coaches with his intensity for a first-year player.

High School: A four star player by Rivals.com and the No. 8 rated offensive guard in the country…voted one of Florida’s Super 75 by the Times-Union…rated one of Rivals.com Southeast Top 100 and Florida Top 100…one of Florida’s Top 100 according to the Orlando Sentinel…recorded 108 pancake blocks from his offensive line position as a senior…a member of the 2002 Class 2A state champion Bolles’ Bulldogs…named all state and All first-coast as a junior.

Personal: Born November 2, 1984…UNCLE WON NOBEL PRIZE AS PHOTO JOURNALIST…majoring in business.


#57 Matt Heinz
Offensive Guard, 6-4, 268, Junior
Tallahassee, FL (N. Florida Christian)

At Florida State: Comes back for his junior season after missing all of 2003 with a back injury…starts fall drills listed as the number three tight guard, but could work his way up the depth chart quickly…is one of the more versatile offensive linemen on the Seminoles’ roster…played a number of positions during the spring of 2003 including guard, tackle and center along the offensive line.

2003: Missed the entire 2003 campaign after undergoing back surgery.

Freshman Year (2002): Played in the final six games of the season and earned his first career start against Georgia Tech at the tight guard position in place of the injured Montrae Holland…strong in his first career outing at Wake Forest as Holland was injured in the third quarter…blocked well on a field goal and a fourth quarter touchdown which put the Seminoles in a comfortable lead and led to the victory…earned playing time against Wake Forest, Georgia Tech and Florida and had offensive guard duties against North Carolina, NC State and Georgia.

2001: Redshirted along with most of his signing class.

High School: Graduated from North Florida Christian in Tallahassee in 2001…a SuperPrep All-America his senior season…a PrepStar All-American and a member of its Top 125 Dream Team …listed on the Florida Times Union Super 75 list…named to Max Emfinger’s list of the top 100 prep prospects in the state of Florida…named to the Super Southern 100 by the Atlanta Journal Constitution…helped lead NFC to three consecutive state championships…earned Class 1A all-state first team honors his senior season…played in the CaliFlorida All-Star game following his senior season…selected Florida State over Florida, Auburn, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee.

Personal: Born June 10, 1982…majoring in political science…brother, Roger, is a quarterback at North Carolina…is one of three NFC graduates on the roster – defensive back Claudius Osei and freshman linebacker Ernie Sims.


#75 Mario Henderson
Offensive Tackle, 6-7, 307, Sophomore
Lehigh, FL (Lehigh)

At Florida State: Enters his second season at FSU as the backup to senior All-American Alex Barron at split tackle…gained valuable experience last year including starting the Orange Bowl game against Miami…one of only five true freshmen to see playing time in 2003…gained valuable practice time this spring as Barron was out after having post-season surgery.

Freshman Year (2003): Talented freshman who saw most of his playing time on the field goal and extra point units…made his only start of the year in the FedEx Orange Bowl against Miami…saw action in 11 games…worked on an offensive line for an offense that finished second in the ACC in scoring, third in pass offense, fourth in pass efficiency and third in total offense.

High School: A three star player by Rivals.com and one of the top 40 rated offensive guards in the country…one of Florida’s Top 100 according to the Orlando Sentinel…as a senior his squad finished with an 8-3 record and he earned all-district, all-region and all-county honors…his junior year he sat out after transferring from Bishop Verot High School…on the basketball court he averaged 14 points and 11 rebounds while playing the center position…chose Florida State over Clemson.

Personal: Born October 29, 1984…has not declared a major.


#76 Myles Hodish
Offensive Guard, 6-0, 229, Junior
Ft. Lauderdale, FL (Aquinas)

At Florida State: Enters the fall as the leader to replace four-year deep snapper Brian Sawyer…served as the backup deep snapper last season, but was not called into action…must fill big shoes as he will replace a very steady and experienced performer…made travel squad as a walk-on last year…will work at offensive guard, but primary duties will be with special teams.

Sophomore Year (2003): Travel with the team as the backup deep snapper, but did not move into on field role as a sophomore…also worked at offensive guard…saw some playing time as a reserve late in games.

Freshman Year (2002): Walk-on who did not see any game action.

High School: Graduated from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in 2001…helped lead St. Thomas to the state championship game against Pine Forest (Pensacola) in 2000…recorded three tackles in the state title game played in Gainesville.

Personal: Born July 15, 1982…major is finance.



#72 Ron Lunford
Tight Guard, 6-5, 358, Junior
Jacksonville, FL (White)

At Florida State: Junior battling Bobby Meeks for the starting job at tight guard…can play both at the guard and the tackle spot on the offensive line…has the largest jersey (58) and pant size (46) on the team…coaches look for Lunford to compete heavily for playing time on the line in 2004…proved himself to FSU’s coaches the past two springs when he was the only tackle at times and had to play virtually every snap…showed toughness that coaches had been looking for over the spring.

Sophomore Year (2003): Played in all 13 games and started three at tight guard…blocked for a group of running backs that averaged 4.6 yards per carry…worked on an offensive line for an offense that finished second in the ACC in scoring, third in pass offense, fourth in pass efficiency and third in total offense.

Freshman Year (2002): Played in two games against Duke and North Carolina as a redshirt freshman…gained valuable experience playing as an understudy to senior starter Montrae Holland and sophomore Bobby Meeks.

2001: Redshirted as a true freshman.

High School: Ranked 13th on Tom Lemming’s ESPN.com Top-25 offensive linemen…did not play as a junior, but came on strong in his senior season…ranked as the third-best prep offensive lineman in the country by BorderWars.com, given a five-star rating by the recruiting web site…first team All-American by Rivals and was ranked as the 18th best player nationally…named to Max Emfinger’s Top 25 players nationally…listed on Florida Times Union’s Super 75…also listed on Atlanta Journal Constitution Southern Super 100…earned all-city and all-state mention for his play at offensive tackle…selected Florida State over Auburn, Florida, Miami and Georgia.

Personal: Majoring in social science…born November 26, 1982…nickname is “Lucky.”


#73 Bobby Meeks
Offensive Guard, 6-3, 299, Senior
Houston, TX (Nimitz)

At Florida State: Listed as the Seminoles’ starter at tight guard after spring drills…was held out of the first part of spring practice after a having a shoulder scope, but did return during the second half of spring drills…is a versatile player who can play either one of the four offensive line positions…excellent technique at his position…his quickness makes him an strong run blocker…played despite injuries last season….one of five returning starters along the FSU offensive front.

Junior Year (2003): Part of a young, but talented offensive line…entered the season second on the depth chart behind Eric Broe, only to take over the starting role after Broe was injured and missed the entire season… started nine games at the tight guard positions and played in 11 games…missed two games due to a shoulder injury…blocked for a group of running backs that averaged 4.6 yards per carry… worked on an offensive line for an offense that finished second in the ACC in scoring, third in pass offense, fourth in pass efficiency and third in total offense .

Sophomore Year (2002): Played in five games and made the first two starts of his career against North Carolina and Florida…first career starts came in place of the injured Montrae Holland…The Seminoles combined for 430 rushing and passing yards against North Carolina and 419 against Florida while averaging 35.5 points per game in the two victories…did not start but saw extensive playing time in the second half against Georgia Tech and earned the start the next week against North Carolina…part of an offensive line that allowed only one sack against the hard charging Yellow Jackets as the Seminoles won with two regular starters out (Montrae Holland and Ray Willis) and a third (Brett Williams) playing tight tackle instead of split tackle.

Freshman Year (2001): Earned playing time as a backup at the tight guard position in three games as a redshirt freshman…saw playing time in victories over Duke, UAB and Clemson…graded out at a season-high 84 percent against Duke…recorded two intimidation blocks in the victory over the Blue Devils…contributed to an offense that ranked second in the ACC in scoring and total offense.

2000: Redshirted along with most of his signing class.

High School: Graduated from Nimitz High School in 2000…considered to be one of the top offensive linemen prospects in the nation as a prep senior…selected to the PrepStar Top 100 Dream Team in 1999…named as the 18th best prep lineman in the nation by PrepStar…ranked 17th on the Super 30 All-Midlands Region team by PrepStar…ranked No. 47 on the list of Texas’ top 100 prep players by the Austin American Statesman…a member of the “Super Team” and ranked as one of the top five offensive linemen in the state of Texas his senior season by Dave Campbell…ranked 65th in the nation among all offensive linemen by Rivals100.com…was a three-year starter at Nimitz, a school that sent 73 prospects to the Division IA or 1AA rankings during his prep career… earned All-District first-team honors as a senior…selected Florida State over Texas A&M, Kansas State, Texas Tech and Oklahoma.

Personal: Born April 8, 1981…major is social science.


#64 Matt Meinrod
Split Guard, 6-4, 297, Junior
Tarpon Springs, FL (East Lake)

At Florida State: Returns as the starter at split guard as a junior…started all 13 games for the Seminoles at the position in 2003 and proved both tough a dependable in his first year as a starter…one of five returning starters along the offensive front…credited with holding the interior offensive line together last year when injuries limited the play of starting center and tight guard…named the Most Improved Offensive Lineman and given the King of the Boards award for the offense following 2003 spring practice.

Sophomore Year (2003): Started all 13 games at split guard, including his first career start against North Carolina…one of nine starters returning to the offense and one of two offensive linemen to start every game (Ray Willis)…earned ACC honorable mention…great run blocker for a group of running backs that averaged 4.6 yards per carry…backs totaled 1,734 yards on the ground.

Freshman Year (2002): Played in 12 of Florida State’s 14 games including each of the first eight of the season as he earned considerable playing time at the split guard position behind Todd Williams.

2001: Redshirted along with most of his class.

High School: Graduated from East Lake High School in 2001…considered to be one of the top offensive linemen in the state of Florida his senior season…earned All-State first-team honors as a senior…selected as a three star offensive lineman by BorderWars.com…named to the Florida Top 100 and national Nifty 150 lists by Max Emfinger…a member of the Super 75 by the Florida Times Union…selected to the Super Southern 100 by the Atlanta Journal Constitution…graded out at 90 percent for his entire senior season…selected Florida State over Ohio State, Tennessee and Georgia.

Personal: Born Sept. 1, 1982…major is sport management.


Cory Niblock
Split Guard, 6-4, 301, Sophomore
St. Augustine, FL (Nease)

At Florida State: Enters the fall with the chance to take over as the deep snapper…will try to replace four-year standout Brian Sawyer who made every special teams snap over his career…finished spring practice listed second on the depth chart at the split guard position…named to Sporting News 2003 All-ACC Freshmen Team…should see playing time in the fall as a backup to Matt Meinrod.

2002: Redshirted as a true freshman.

High School: A three-year starter at Nease…recorded 55 pancake blocks as a senior…anchored an offensive line that led Panthers running back Matt O’Steen to a 5.8 yards-per-carry average…earned third-team All-State honors…also appeared in the North-South Shrine Bowl All-Star game…also played one season of basketball.

Personal: Majoring in criminology….born April 24, 1984.


#79 David Overmyer
Offensive Tackle, 6-5, 284, Freshman
Lilburn, GA (Parkview)

At Florida State: Listed at number two on the depth chart behind All-America candidate Ray Willis at tight tackle…picked up considerable experience during spring drills when four of the five returning starters on the offensive line missed drills while recovering from surgery…still gaining weight…should considerable playing time this year.

2003: Redshirted during his initial campaign with the Seminoles.

High School: A three star player by Rivals.com and the No. 27 rated offensive tackle in the country…has great footwork for an offensive lineman with long arms…Parkview won their third straight state title in 2002 and established a Georgia record with 45 straight wins…chose Florida State over Clemson and South Carolina.

Personal: Born June 8, 1984…majoring in business.


#71 Brian Ross
Center, 6-2, 290, Senior
Raleigh, NC (Enloe)

At Florida State: Redshirt senior who missed all of last year after breaking his leg in the spring…practiced with the Seminoles during the spring of 2004, switching from defensive tackle to center…listed third on the depth chart, behind starter David Castillo and sophomore John Frady…named “Most Dependable” Defensive Lineman and “Top Non-Scholarship Player on Defense” two years ago.

Junior Year (2003): Missed the entire season after breaking his leg in the spring.

Sophomore Year (2002): Backed up veteran Darnell Dockett at the defensive tackle position…saw action in six games…recorded one tackle on four separate occasions – against Iowa State, Duke, Wake Forest and North Carolina…recorded the first sack of his career against Wake Forest.

Freshman Year (2001): Played in three games after walking on at FSU…saw action against Duke, Wake Forest and Florida…totaled six tackles on the season…registered a career-high four tackles in his best outing against Wake Forest…had a pair of tackles in the opener at Duke.

2000: Redshirted.

High School: A two-year all-conference selection in three sports at Enloe (football, wrestling and track)…was a two-way starter for three years as both a defensive tackle and a center…finished No. 2 in the state in the shot put and No. 4 in the discus as a senior…ranked No. 4 in North Carolina as a wrestler in the heavyweight class…named male athlete of the year at Enloe as a senior…a North Carolina High School Athletics Association Scholarship recipient…turned down offers to play at several in-state schools to walk-on at Florida State.

Personal: A criminology major…born January 9, 1982…father, Curtis Ross, played college basketball at Fayetteville (NC) State.


#77 Ray Willis
Offensive Tackle, 6-6, 320, Senior
Angleton, TX (Angleton)

At Florida State: Teams with Alex Barron to give Florida State what could be the best set of offensive tackles in the country…held out of the first part of spring practice after a having a shoulder scope, but did return during the second half of spring drills…one of five returning starters on this year’s offensive line…the only three-year starter along the offensive front…has started 24 games at offensive tackle over his four-year career….should contend for All-America and All-ACC honors as a senior.

Junior Year (2003): Started all 13 games for the Seminoles at tight tackle as a junior in 2003…a dominating run blocker who helped FSU running backs average a combined 4.6 yards a carry in 2003…named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week twice as a junior (9/8 following the Maryland game and 11/17 following the NC State game)…FSU offense finished second in the ACC in scoring, third in pass offense, fourth in pass efficiency and third in total offense in 2003…one of two Seminole offensive linemen (Matt Meinrod was the other) to start every game.

Sophomore Year (2002): Started eight games in 2002…had the most starts among all underclassmen on the line…provided physical play up front which led to the success of the running game in 2002…a solid spring session moved him to the top of the depth chart at the tight tackle position.

Freshman Year (2001): Played in every game for the Seminoles, starting against Florida and Georgia Tech…his start against Florida was the first of his career…the start came after All-ACC split tackle Brett Williams went down with an injury against NC State…the injury to Williams moved the starter at the tight tackle position, Todd Williams, to split tackle and put Willis into the starting lineup… allowed only one quarterback pressure and no quarterback sacks in his 11 appearances …graded out at 82 percent for the season, including a season-high 88 percent against Duke…recorded eight intimidation blocks.

2000: Redshirted along with most of his class.

High School: Another highly-recruited offensive lineman out of the state of Texas…high school team ran a West Coast style offense…an All-District selection as a senior…an honorable mention Class 5A all-state selection…SuperPrep’s No. 28 offensive lineman and No. 36 prospect in Texas…listed as the No. 34 offensive lineman by Rivals100.com…a Midlands Region honorable mention selection by PrepStar…high school coaches clocked him at 4.95 in the 40 with a bench press of 350-pounds…has been compared in Texas to former NFL lineman Terry Tausch who played at UT…chose FSU over Texas A&M, Purdue, Tulane, Arkansas and Oklahoma.

Personal: Born August 13, 1982…majoring in social science.

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