Virginia's Ahmad Brooks, who has played in only one of the first five games because of knee and ankle injuries, should be back in the starting lineup at inside linebacker. Coach Al Groh said Brooks practiced earlier this week and "that's more positive than it was last week." Brooks, a Hylton High graduate and preseason all-American candidate, declined an interview request earlier this week. If Brooks plays, senior Mark Miller will start on the outside in place of Jermaine Dias, who is out because of a knee injury.
The Cavaliers know they'll play without starting right tackle Brad Butler, who was suspended from playing in tonight's game for his chop block on Boston College's Mathias Kiwanuka during last week's 28-17 loss. There is a chance left tackle D'Brickashaw Ferguson, who missed the last two games because of a sprained knee, could play. If Ferguson is out, then sophomore Eddie Pinigis and freshman Eugene Monroe will start at tackles against Florida State, which leads the ACC with 20 sacks.
Kiwanuka, who is expected to miss Boston College's game against Wake Forest today, still seemed upset late this week that Butler hadn't called him to apologize. Butler dove at the back of Kiwanuka's knees after the whistle during the third quarter. During the ACC's weekly teleconference Wednesday, Groh was asked if he encouraged Butler to call Kiwanuka. "Hey, I didn't hit anybody," Groh said. "It's between the parties that were involved, and those parties are aware of each other and how to get in contact with each other."
Off and Running
Groh said Florida State's new-look, spread offense reminds him of the ones the Seminoles used to win the 1993 and 1999 national championships. Florida State has amassed at least 500 yards of offense in three of its five games. "They're kind of back to that old Florida State NASCAR offense -- Gentlemen, start your engines," Groh said.