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Braveheart and The Offense

   For a moment early Friday morning, Kristen Hewitt didn't know if she was in Scotland or FIU.

   The Sun Sports reporter in town to do a feature on the Golden Panthers and MC, was greeted with a wake up call of "Those Days Are Over, Son!" before the Golden Panthers took the field for their workout on a hot as Hades morning.

   What Hewitt saw was MC rallying the team before the first workout in full pads. Said Hewitt: "He was moving his arms wildly all over the place and yelling and then he sprinted onto the field and the players followed behind him. It was like a scene out of Braveheart."  Mc_3 Braveher_3 

   The feature on FIU head coach William Wallace airs Monday night at 7pm and 10pm on Sun Sports.

   Today (Saturday morning), the Golden Panthers scrimmaged for the first time this camp and the offense showed what it can do.

   Once again, the receivers looked like the strong suit, more on them later, but the running game got on track behind good blocking by the o-line and power running by Julian Reams and slick cutting by A'mod Ned.

   Reams and Ned combined for 135 yards with Ned getting 84 and a touchdown. If these two can put it together, FIU may have a decent running game.

   The quarterbacks showed something as well. Not that it might mean anything, but Wayne Younger again got first snaps. He went 6 of 14 for 65 yards with 1 TD and 1 INT. Paul McCall was 3 of 7 for 26 yards. While they are just one week into college, Colt Anderson and Darold Hughes displayed their talents.

Pene   Judging from the first week and AGAIN, it's only 1 week, but for my 2 cents, Anderson seems to have the most natural quarterback skills -- with his throws, footwork and pocket awareness. But again, what can 2 cents buy you these days?

Anderson had a nice 15-yard quarterback draw and connected with Travis Felder for 21 yards on another play. Anderson was 5 of 10 for 64 yards.

   Hughes started slow with an incomplete and a pick, but rebounded with a 35-yard pass to Torrelt Solomon, who made an acrobatic catch along the sideline. Then Hughes found freshman James Rucker, who looks like the real deal, in the corner of the end zone for a 16-yard TD. Hughes was 4 of 8 for 55 yards.

   MC said he expects to have a decision on the starting quarterback late this upcoming week.

   As for those receivers, Freshman Jason Frierson probably had the catch of the day -- no, not the Tro_2 lemon pepper trout -- when he used all of his 5-8 frame to snag one-handed a pass over the middle.

   Freshman Greg Ellingson (who -- again 2 cents -- I think will be a starter before the season ends) made another good catch going out of bounds on a deep sideline pass. Besides the 35-yarder, Solomon caught another pass across his body.

   Tight end Joey Myers, who along with fullback John Ellis were the most underused talent last season, held on to a pass while getting clocked in traffic and Jeremy Dickens made a leaping grab.

   Those warriors from Braveheart looked like they could play D and so did FIU's defense on Saturday. Kent Henderson, who was sorely missed last season, picked off Younger at the 10-yard line and was home free for a 90-yard TD. Freshman Devin Parrish intercepted Hughes. Jarvis Penerton, Audric Adger, Tyler Clawson and James Wiggins all had one sack.

   While this was just a scrimmage and the defense really didn't show much as far as schemes go, it was encouraging to see the offense show some life after averaging just 9.5 points per game last season and heck, Kristen got a kick out of it, too!

PANTHER PAWSE

FIUBlueandGold: Reams has the tools to be that every down back, but Ned is just as good, because of his moves in the open field. They both have the potential to be 1,000-yard backs, but now they got to show it.

FIU Fanatic: Like he said in the Q & A, MC welcomes back all former Golden Panther players. Watching Bostic coach these past few days, gives me the impression that he'll be a good one. During one moment in Friday's practice, Bostic was diving on the ground showing one linebacker how to make a stop on the goal line.

FI-UM Fan: Practices are definitely more entertaining than years past. Here's MC on why he changes the practice routines every day: "The more you can create sudden change, the more you can create the unexpected, the better. What you want to do is prevent your team when a situation comes about that you weren't expecting to start running around like a chicken with its head cut off. We want to make sure by the end of camp, regardless of the situation -- that our guys are up, recognize the situation and go attack it." The "Play It" drill he brought in is going to help this team. In the drill, he stops practice and creates a game situation for the offense and defense. Friday, he lined them up in 1st and Goal from the 3-yard line.

Let's break some of this print monotony for a second with a quick hello from the FIU witches: Chrm_2

Lok-co: NY Josh did not write Georgia Southern is in Division II. That was my mistake that I did not double check before I pressed save on the last blog. That would be E-W, if you're scoring at home: error on the writer.

CJ: They really hit for the first time today during the scrimmage. More FIU stories will be in the paper and on-line soon. Right now, juggling the Herald's FIU preview (which comes out Aug. 30) and going to practice daily. 20 days until Happy Valley.

FIUJM: Check FIUsports.com daily to see if practices are open to the public.

Before getting back to the preview and practice, the GPP would like to congratulate baseball's true All-time Home Run King: Henry Aaron. Someone may have squeezed a little too much juice for 756, but not the Hammer for his 755.Ha

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Great comments as usual Pete. I enjoy this "Braveheart" comment, as I can't wait to watch the Sun Sports segment, since I expect to be in town from tomorrow evening until Wednesday.....

Again, thank you for your efforts....

P.S. Can you provide information on some of the "new" guys on the team that were not included in official FIU release...like it seems Toronto Smith is (since I heard MC mention his name on his press conference) and others...what about the returning players not practicing...and Marquis Rolle's status?

Pete, great stuff like always!!

Also, thanks for letting me know about practices on fiusports.com. Sometimes, I go to that site and there is nothing posted on practice.

Our offense is definitely going to be better than last year!! But you didn't or haven't mentioned Moses Hinton at TE. Is he going to start at TE? I would think with his size he would definitely stand out in the offense.

Thank you. Keep up the great work!!

Glad to hear that things are on a much higher tempo than last season. It seems the program is already moving in the right direction.

Got my travel package for Happy Valley for my family and I. Will be a blast, hopefully a HUGE upset. Can anyone give me a status on K. Bouie (KB) or Sam Smith? I find it UNBELIEVABLE that KB can't even get a tryout!! Would like some accurate up to date info. Thanks!

A little bit off-topic, but...I've read on rivals.com where FIU has at least 2 "known" commitments to date....Cory Lattimore, a linebacker from El Camino CC, and a DE named Milhomme Jean Charles...Why would Manny Navarro in today's article mention FIU has no commitments before making sure of that? Please, set him straight....lol.

http://www.miamiherald.com/604/story/200684.html

Im glad that practices are more intense and that our offense looks like it can produce something this season. I was at the Dolphins game last night and they had a buncha mascots come onto the field from other NFL teams and even Sebastian the UM Ibis, but NO golden panther!!! FIU gets no respect, but thats going to change! Damn right Aaron is the home run king.

Thanks for the 411 Pete. I dont know if I saw that "Play It" drill on Monday but even the way they stretched was more exciting than your typical lines. I wish I could sit with MC and pick his brain for things to do with my HS team in practice. I dont care much for what people say about Head Coaching experience, I think the attitude they have and show can override the lack of experience. With preseason in the NFL, college camps, and HS ball starting we can finally say ITS FOOTBALL SEASON!!!!!!! Thanks for getting us through the summer Pete.

TE is a position that we havent heard much about... whats my old teach doing overthere w/ them. i kno wmirabal will have them ready no doubt. it just seams quiet on that front. (no doubt being the hype is on QB and Oline as well as the D) any news is good news w/ that not much longer a couple of weeks

One TE that I have noticed playing a lot is #85 Eric Kirchenberg. Was a walk on for UM last season and is now walking on here.

http://hurricanesports.cstv.com/sports/m-footbl/mtt/kirchenberg_eric00.html

and for anyone that hasn't been to practice yet and is in the Miami area, I must tell you that they are entertaining and exciting. :)

I havent been to practice so I dont know, how many games have they won at practice?

To quote A.I. - "We're sitting here, and I'm supposed to be the franchise player, and we're talking about practice. I mean listen, we're sitting here talking about practice, not a game, not a game, not a game, but we're talking about practice. Not the game that I go out there and die for and play every game last it's my last but we're talking about practice man. How silly is that?...I know it's important, I honestly do but we're talking about practice. We're talking about practice man. We're talking about practice. We're talking about practice. We're not talking about the game. We're talking about practice."

I couldnt have said it better myself.

thanks MIA/NY do you have a quote for how many championships Iverson has won?

Yeah thats right championships, no not just games, playoff games or series, championships, were not talking about records here, I mean championships. The difference between good and great is "practice"!

In case you guys didn't get to see today's Ravens vs Eagles, El Monstruo had 1 sack and then broke a couple of plays, he is part of the second unit of the best defense in the country.

Pete, any word on K. Bouie? Hard to beleive not one team has given him a chance.

Barnes started the game with the 1st unit from what I saw.......He had a sack and got flagged for a helmet to helmet smash on the kicker during a block. Either way he is making his presence known. Chris Smith saw extended action also.

i didnt catch the game actually hey did anyone here MC's comments on sunshine sport network? does anyone have a link to it i didnt get to hear it

Practice is open to the public tonight at the OB.

FIU vs Penn State Watch Party

Come watch as the team takes on their first game with new coach Mario Cristobal!!

FIU vs. Penn State Game Watching Party
Saturday, September 1, 2007
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Hooligan's
9555 S Dixie Hwy.
305-663-2632

Dollar off Yuengling special and more!
**no alcohol will be served to those under 21 and we remind attendees to drink responsibly.**

The Penn State Alumni Chapter of Miami will be joining us at Hooligan's.

For those of you like me who missed the special on SunSports, it will be on tonight at 6, and also on Wed at 10:30 AM and PM

Anything on the practice at the Toilet Bowl tonight...I assume it was largely fan-rained-out. Did anyone attend to share some insight...Pete maybe?

I did go....The defense dominated this scrimmage, in my opinion, although there were some glimpses offensively. One RB who is looking good is Daunte Owens. He was elusive and shifty at times.

To tell you the truth, none of the QB's impressed me, nor separated themselves from the others....WR Jeremy Dickens had a very nice run after a catch, almost making it to the endzone for at least 25-30 yards.

In the words of Teddy KGB, "It hurts doesn't it? Your hopes dashed, your dreams down the toilet. And your fate is sitting right besides you." The fate which I refer to is that school east of your campus, also known as THE U, and the your fate come September 15, 2007.

crazycane... im not sure if what you said even makes sense. dude the marlins called for you they want you to play left feild, cause thats where that comment came out of

crazycane,
why do you want to start the drama on our boards? Nobody even mentioned UM. We only mentioned the City of Miami's Orange Bowl. Then you sit here and write that all we talk about is UM. Shouldn't you be out working trying to pay for your $30,000+ tuition?

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Thanks Pete, your writings are always refreshing and informative.

Baseball: Pete, you are right on. Hank Aaron will always be the KING until Bonds agrees and allows the fans to publicly test him (now) using their chosen lab(s). Bonds recently said that he will play one more season. After his retirement, let’s see how long it takes for his body to shrink back to his normal size.

The Orange Bowl scrimmages & practices are very important for getting our team acclimated to the surface play, general environment and or feel of the place. Coach-MC knows the Football Gods will be watching over the Golden Panthers (GO-PAWZz) in this special arena. All the money in the world and new amenities will never replace it. (UM take note).

FIU Fanatic: Very good observations of last nights OB scrimmage.

FIUandMe: In watching four (4) practices and part of the OB scrimmage, the quarterbacks in my opinion all showed potential, under the circumstances. They needed a little more time (1-2 sec.) from the Offensive Line, to set-up and find the receivers. The RB’s are also requiring that extra step of (daylight) opening to really get in stride. The entire team shows they are working hard to develop and make those kinks go away. The coaches will watch the film and move some players around until the most powerful & cohesive unit gets established. In another two weeks, we shall see the difference.

AGAIN: These are the GPP “GO-PAWZz Post Tag AWARDS”

Today’s “IGNORE -POST- TAG” goes to: MIA/NY josh,
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Great post, GO PAWZz....

TDAOS!!

i wandered over to the UCG board to see if there were any posts by an FIU fan, and i didn't find any. like yippee said: i don't understand why there are so many UCG posts on this blog and eventual accusations about our envy. we don't post over there, and yet, we have to sit through posts on this blog by myriad UCG supporters (for you UCG guys: myriad means "a lot"). it's mind-boggling that anyone would ever say that all we do is focus on UCG.

FIU-GO-PAWZz or anyone who may have an idea: by what you've seen, do you think that the o-line will eventually be able to afford the quarterbacks those extra 1-2 seconds? have you seen any sort of improvement on their part from the first practice onward?

It probably has something to do with the fact that not one blog can go from start to finish without at least one FIU fan mentioning UM. And on top of that coming out with the very original and obviously fresh term "UCG". Going to UM's blogs, there's not one mention of FIU. Probably because they don't care enough about you people to mention you.

If you don't want to be accused of being envious then maybe you should worry about your own program and not mention UM in the same breath. Just my .02

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WOrta1128: Don’t let the negative/ provoking posts get to you, just skip thru them and give it the old, “IGNORE -POST- TAG: AWARD”.

I’ll start my response to your concern by noting that, I’m not an expert and will never pretend to be one. As a fan /observer, I do have many years behind me, which can help develop some insight on what made some teams go from average to good and from good to great.

The answer to your question is a big YES!!!

The O-line has gotten better, by the simple fact that they are working side by side, learning each others moves and tendencies. The good coaching eyes are on them, correcting the wrong actions and providing the proper techniques and advise. The next three (3) weeks of working together will get them in real good physical shape. That also helps develop them into a better/ united fighting unit.

The Quarterbacks are going though a similar process as the O-line. They need more repetitions to develop the proper timing with the Receivers/ R-backs. The one that starts shall have the best combination of the following (when needed): arm strength, scramble ability, ball soft-touch, quicker defensive skim reading, cool under pressure, brave/ toughness, never give-up/ hates to loose attitude, provides leadership and knows winning come from the team concept, etc… The smart QB will also buy more time with his moves inside the pocket. Again, in two to three weeks we shall see the crème rise to the top and then the coaches will name a starter.

I think we have a real good group of players that can become a good team soon. This team will surprise a lot of people, by getting better week by week. This is in part, due to the good & spirited coaching that we have. Remember time will tell and this is just in my opinion.
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Very good observations. PAWZz.....Wow...I sometimes wonder if all these um fans are the same....they all come here with the same attitudes and comments....Nobody brought the other team here but those ucg fans....

i agree with FIU Fanatic.

in regards to the o-line, that's good to hear. i love the big guys, whether it be in college or in the pros. and you'd figure that with MC being a former o-lineman and o-line coach, they'd get much better. can't wait to see them in action come football season.

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