Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Freshman Frady to Get First Start

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Freshman Frady to Get First Start

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Byline: Bob Thomas, Times-Union sports writer

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. -- Prior to his arrival at Florida State in August, freshman center John Frady knew there was a possibility he could be pressed into action this season.

Asked when that possibility began to look like a probability, the former Bolles School doesn't hesitate.

"When I saw David [Castillo] get taped for the first practice in August," Frady said. "David had been talking to me all along. I knew his history with his hand, his back. This foot thing, that's tough."

With Castillo nursing a foot injury and only available for emergency duty, Frady makes his first career start tonight for the Seminoles against Virginia in front of a nationally-televised audience and sold out Scott Stadium.

The last 10 months have literally flown for Frady, who was on the field at Doak Campbell Stadium Dec. 13 when Bolles wrapped up a state championship.

Last weekend he was lined up across from Miami defensive tackle Vince Wilfork on the same field, after Castillo was carted off in the second quarter, then limped to the sideline for good two plays into the second half.

"Wow."

That was Frady's first assessment of the matchup with Wilfork.

"There's no other way to put that," Frady said. "He's big, he's strong, he's quick. But that's the kind of people you've got to go against. That's the reason I came to Florida State, to play against the best competition in the country. For me to play against a guy who I know will be playing on Sundays, that's something I can build on."

Frady (6-foot-3, 305 pounds) can lay the first block as a starter tonight against Virginia noseguard Andrew Hoffman, the point man in the Cavaliers' 3-4 alignment.

FSU coach Bobby Bowden has every reason to be apprehensive about Frady, but it has nothing to do with his ability.

"I don't think we've ever done it at center," said Bowden, who added that guard Jamie Dukes was the last first-year freshman he can remember starting. …

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