Tuesday’s News: ‘Hoos on the O-Line?

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D’Brickashaw Ferguson’s availability is uncertain.

Florida State leads the ACC in sacks and, as usual, has waves of defensive linemen to throw at opponents. So Saturday’s game figured to be a major challenge for UVa’s offensive line even before Brad Butler’s suspension. Now who’s going to be on that line for the injury-riddled Cavaliers and what the heck are the ‘Hoos going to do?

Those questions remain to be seen because so many players have injury issues that could prevent them from playing or limit their effectiveness. That list includes D’Brickashaw Ferguson, Brian Barthelmes, Ian-Yates Cunningham and Marshal Ausberry . Ferguson missed the last two games with a sprained knee, while the other three played last week but are not at full strength.

UVa coach Al Groh didn’t discuss their status today, though all four were listed on the depth chart for the FSU game
– three as starters (Ferguson at LT, Barthelmes at C and Ausberry at RG) and Cunningham as the backup left guard.

Because of Butler’s one-game suspension, Eddie Pinigis will almost certainly start at right tackle for the third straight week. He moved into that spot when Butler switched to left tackle to fill in for Ferguson.

“Eddie’s done just fine in both games,” said Groh, who said Pinigis was the staff’s choice for offensive player of the game against Boston College.

Branden Albert and Ausberry (undisclosed injury) have started every game at the two guard spots. Barthelmes (sprained ankle), normally the starting center, played more at guard against Boston College because Ausberry wasn’t healthy. “We’d like him to be the center,” Groh said of Barthelmes. “Hopefully we can get him