Day 2 of Camp Cristobal brought about the first position switch of the new season. Well, it could have been on Monday since the rosters handed out were not completely accurate, matching the names and the numbers.
On the roster No. 25 Blue is listed as freshman running back Jerrell Lamb. Turns out there's no such player. In fact, there is no Golden Panther player with the first name Jerrell (or Jor-El, left) or the last name Lamb at camp for FIU. Is this another case of Sidd Finch? (Free plug on the next post to the first person that knows who is Sidd Finch, below left)
So all through Tuesday's practice as we're seeing 25 Blue go long and haul in a 35-yard bomb from Paul McCall and then 25 Blue makes another highlight grab on a 25-yard pass from freshman QB Troy Dannehower....the thoughts on the media/spectators sideline is who the heck is this No. 25 Blue?
Turns out it's former safety-turned-wide receiver Alonzo Phillips (only Alonzo photo I got, below, right).
If you remember from a story I did on AP last season, he was the lightning quick walk-on safety/FIU track runner, who had been playing intramural football at FIU and came out for the 2007 Golden Panthers and made the team.
Tuesday, AP looked like he had done this receiver-stuff before. Well, he has as a receiver at Vero Beach High. Already among the fastest Golden Panthers, AP just made the FIU receiving corps even faster along with freshmen speed demons T.Y. Hilton, Junior Mertile and senior tight end Travis Felder.
Others highlights of Tuesday's practice: DBs Devin Parrish, Robert Mitchell and Peter Riley had some nifty deflections in pass coverage. Riley had an INT return for a TD, but couldn't hold on. (Might as well, keep the Heat theme going with Riley, left) Ash Parker did pick off Colt Anderson during team drills.
CA did redeem himself with a tight sideline pass to Marquis Rolle and a perfectly placed 15-yard pass to freshman WR James Watkins. WR Elliott Dix made a tough catch in traffic between two defenders.
No pads or hitting yet and just the 2nd day of camp, but for what it's worth, MC did say today that McCall does lead the starting QB derby.
Artis Warthen and Quentin Newman combined for a sack during 7-on-7's.
That was the good. The bad and the ugly consisted of too many bad snaps between the QB and centers. Also D-End Cody Pellicer is on crutches and wearing a leg brace trying to heal from a strained left quad that he sustained in summer workouts. MC hopes to have him back by next week.
Punter Chris Cook does not look like he'll be available this season. Still dealing with a sore back. MC hopes to make a decision 6-10 days before the Kansas game.
Senior JUCO transfer Carlos Munera has shown the strongest leg of the 3 kickers vying for the punting job. Dustin Rivest and freshman Eric Karcinski are battling for the placekicking job. MC said if he had to kick a 65-yard field goal to win a game, Munera would be in there. But for shorter FGs, DR and EK have better accuracy.
Like Max, yours truly thought it would be a given (QBs) would lead our last poll, but you good people have pointed out that the D & O Lines are the most pressing question of camp. Good point, football games are more often than not won in the trenches. Keep voting.
scUMsanitizer: Please clarify for us if alcohol (beer or spirits) will be served in the stadium?
GPP: On the improvised stadium tour with PG and others on Monday, the FIU AD said booze will only be served in the Panther Club. So, unfortunately, it's either become a club seat holder or down the liquid courage with nature on the Tamiami Park grass parking lot.
Ultimate FIU Fan: What is the schedule for Saturday's practice?
GPP: Saturday is the first day the Golden Panthers put on the pads and hit each other and it is also the first day of 2-a-days. And it is also the last open practices of camp. FIU practices at 8 a.m. and again at 4 p.m. this Saturday.
Max: Has Mario given any idea when he will name a starter at QB?
GPP: MC's patent-pending response to the starting QB question is: "It could be decided day 1, 10 days out or a week out. . .The bottom line is when a guy distinguishes himself as the guy, He’s the guy."
FIUVoice: Pete, remember to set up the automatic brew for Tuesday's practice.
Gold: Pete, I've got a cold one with your name on it come game one!
GPP: Been told by some, I would write better with a cold one...Thanks!
CJ: Pete, you goin out there every day to the practices? I just started working out at morning hrs. I'm a try to swing by for a bit, catch a bit of practice. Are fans allowed to take pics?
GPP: Yes, I am out at practice every day. Stop by say hello. Fans ARE NOT allowed to take pictures. Taking photos would be a great way to get all practices closed to the public.
FIUBlueandGold: Why did they decide to close practices?
GPP: Paul Unger used to be a Miami Herald editor and Paul Young is that 1980's singer. You sure CBS Sportsline didn't mean to write that FIU's QB is Paul Colt Darold Troy Wayne....the only Division I QB with 3 middle names and a distant cousin of John Wayne.
FIUJM: Heard FIU is offering tour of stadium to FIU faculty, is there anything planned for season ticket holders?
GPP: FIU is planning stadium tours for season ticket holders. Heard it might be during the first 3 weeks of the season when FIU is at Kansas, at Iowa and during the bye week of Sept. 13.