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Kanell in, Bentley out at FSU

The depth chart is changing at Florida State.

Danny Kanell remains FSU's No. 1 quarterback, but now he will be pushed by redshirt freshman Thad Busby, who jumped ahead of Jon Stark into the backup spot Monday.

And kicker Scott Bentley, the hero of the Seminoles' national championship game last season, lost his starting job to Dan Mowrey.

Both moves, coach Bobby Bowden said, should be considered promotions for one player and not demotions for the other.

"Sometimes it's good to move someone ahead of a guy," Bowden said. "You want to see if they respond. We want Bentley to respond and we want Jon Stark to respond."

Mowrey's move into the starting lineup may be the season's biggest surprise.

Bentley seemed to have a lock on the kicking job after last season's Orange Bowl, when he made four field goals in FSU's 18-16 victory over Nebraska.

But a 4-of-7 showing on field goals this season, including two misses in Saturday's 17-0 win over Clemson, opened the door for Mowrey, who also will handle kickoffs Saturday against Duke.

"It is frustrating, but the good thing is we haven't lost a game because of kicking," Bowden said. "To me it's like pitchers: At times they can find the plate and at other times they can't. When they can't find the plate, you have to put someone in there who can."

It was after Mowrey's miss at Miami in 1992, costing FSU a chance for a tie and ending the Seminoles' shot at a national title, that FSU decided to pursue Bentley, who was given the job as a freshman last season.

Bowden decided to stick with Kanell at quarterback after watching film from the Clemson game.

"Danny was so close," Bowden said. "He really was just inches away from having a great game.

"He's so smart, he wasn't going to take a chance and throw the ball to (the defense) and he missed his target. Now he's just got to go back and hit them."

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