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Your New FIU Starting QB Is....

LAWRENCE, KANSAS -- Welcome to Kansas, GPP Nation. It's gameday and we're about 6 hours from kickoff. New season. New uniforms (FIU will wear new white tops with new white pants tonight, check the MH sports website later tonight for photos) and maybe a new record. Speaking of records, haven't really followed the band, Kansas, but did some research on some of their song titles and thought I might apply Kansas them throughout this post. So here's "What's On My Mind":

There will be a quarterback under center for the Golden Panthers tonight. Here are some clues as to who is the FIU starting QB this season. If you read the FIU preview in the Miami Herald "print" edition on Thursday, then you will only need one or two clues to figure out who is FIU's starting QB this season. For those that didn't read the MH, you may have to "Hold On" until the end of this post.

Chime in with the answer when you know who the quarterback is after reading these clues: the Golden Panthers new starting quarterback will be starting grad school in September seeking a master's in computer engineering. Thinks V for Vendetta is the perfect movie, Thinks an Italian girl is the perfect girl. Thinks lasagna is the perfect meal. Thinks a Corvette Stingray is the perfect car. Thinks the 1972 Las Miami Dolphins are the perfect team. Thinks Christian Bale is the perfect actor. And thinks Italy is the perfect vacation spot. If you still haven't figured it out, then the answer is at the bottom of this post.

On to today's game. It's a chamber of commerce type of Saturday here in Lawrence, Kansas. The weather is clear, sunny skies with about 60 degrees in the morning, should be up in the 70's by kickoff tonight.

This is not exactly a tune-up opener for FIU as they face the second highest scoring team in the nation last year in the Jayhawks, who hung 42 points per game on opponents and 55 on the Golden Panthers in a 55-3 win last year. KU's defense also allowed the fourth fewest points in the nation last season, 16 points per game.

Don't see FIU pulling off any upset tonight, that would be "Miracles Out Of Nowhere" but here's what we'd like to see: an FIU offense that can score some TDs and not settle for FGs or turn the ball over. Ku_2 The FIU D has looked good in camp, now let's see them at least contain this high-powered KU O. This is one of those learning experience games for the Golden Panthers that will only make them better come Sun Belt play.

In last year's game, it was a competitive one in the first half with KU leading 10-3 until the second half meltdown when the Jayhawks scored 45 unanswered points, thanks in part to 5 FIU turnovers. Limiting or not committing any TOs tonight, might and I say might, make for a game. Of course, another handful of TO's could make FIU "Dust In The Wind" tonight. Don't know if a competitive game could happen, because its the season opener and KU -- already feeling slighted by the national media saying last year was a fluke -- will be out to prove everyone wrong and FIU has not been good in hostile venues before. Maybe that changes tonight.

GPP says: Kansas 44, FIU 14Pm_2 

No more "Mysteries And Mayhem" if you still haven't figured out the QB and just scrolled down here, then here's your new FIU starting QB, Paul McCall:

A look "Down The Road" at the rest of the FIU season has me thinking 4-8 in 2008. Might see the Golden Panthers sneak out of Toledo with a W and then go 3-5 in the Sun Belt.


**Remember, last possible minute to get your FIU scores for tonight's game and for our 2nd Annual Win A GPP Blog contest is tonight at 6:59 p.m. (EDT) by the GPP clock. Read the previous 3 posts for rules and regulations.

FIUJM: Is there reason why visitors section is using high school benches?

GPP: You wouldn't want to put the FIU fans in those uncomfortable, no backrest seats. So that's why visiting teams' fans get those seats from the old FIU Stadium.

CJ: Question about the field..is it just me or does it look a bit sandy and streaky?

GPP: In that photo they just fed the field sand and ground up tires. After a while, the sand and tires settle into the turf and you don't see those streaks.

FIUFan: Hasn't FIU requested to be called FIU and not Florida International University by media outlets? How's that going?

GPP: The first page in the football media guide says "We are FIU and please refer to us as FIU. Do not use Florida International University, Florida International, Fla. Internat'l....or any other variation". Some of the media is getting used to it, especially the local TV, others it has taken time. I know I usually have to remind the people who edit my stories NOT to change FIU to Florida International in the first reference.

Roary_2 ** Thanks to B for posting that picture on the GPP. With your permission, B, I'm going to re-post it here since it is such a pretty picture. Thanks again.

Oh, you say Roary is in the photo? Now, I just noticed him.

Gold: Can you do a tour of the finalized project? There has to be pictures up of what each section of the stadium will look like when everything is complete. Can you get a picture of the girl who is taking you on the tour. She looks cute.

GPP: Guess the title of the last blog is a little misleading. That was the last stadium tour before the Kansas kickoff. I'll be back at the stadium in a few weeks with my camera and a Herald photographer for another GPP Stadium Tour blog and for a story I'm doing for the MH on the new stadium that will run before the USF game.

Allison's picture is up on the last few blogs.

alt7787: Hey, Pete have you been working out with the players lately? Your looking pretty juiced up in that picture. You better watch out, I dont know if you can have those guns out in public.

GPP: No, don't workout with the Golden Panthers, but it must be all the typing that's shaped the guns.

Miri: Have you heard about anything cool they would do for the team entrance at games?

GPP: Nothing yet, except the Panther Walk, but I'm sure FIU has some pre-game plans up its sleeve.

SouthPaw: I enlarged the Younger photo, and still can't see the "panther eyes." Wyeyes_4

GPP: The Panther Eyes are on the white plate on the crown of the helmet. The eyes are not that big, but it gives the helmet a different look.

You good people got my FIU season outlook, what's yours:


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Thanks for the updates Pete, looking forward to listening to the game. Go FIU!

I figured it would be Paul. After reading your clues, I turned to Max and said it had to be him. :) I am very happy for him and I wish him and the team the very best. Go FIU!

Thanks again to B for posting Roary's after-plastic surgery picture.

Kansas 41
FIU 17

Bowling green beat Pitt(big east) and ECU beat Virginia Tech (ACC), I will ask the question again. When are these mid major conferences (sun belt, c-USA, etc) get equal footing with the bcs conferences? It is elitist to exclude them.

At least KU is intelligent enough to recognize stark improvement from the team we fielded last season. This is from the other FIU blog...video comments from one of their O-lineman.


I hate changing my mind, but since PM will be the starter I will change my prediction:
Kansas 42
FIU 17

well half time and the game is 30-10... not bad for FIU.. im still in the running

Is Cedric Mack not playing? Why is he not our starting LT? We HAVE to start recruiting the OL.

we will never be able to compete unless we upgrade the OL

sounds like line was moving we cant have these interceptions

O-Line needs to improve. Though that was a great experienced Kansas defensed they faced today. McCall seemed to be getting comfortable towards end of the game. We had our chances to score, we just need to make the plays.

Our defense and specials teams will be better this year. Great field position provided by Reams and Hilton. As for Hilton, kid can be special player at FIU!!!

Hopefully, we can build on good effort and have better showing against Iowa.


o line does need improvement. Though better than last year. Defense greatly improved. Can't wait to see what happens in conference games. On to Iowa!

This wasn't a terrible start to the season. Predictable, but not terrible. Nice to see Hilton make an impact. Not nice to see the O-line still doing its best turnstile impression. It won't matter who's the QB unless the protection gets a hell of a lot better.

I hope those of you who were thinking FIU was going to win (!?!?!) won't get too discouraged by this result. KU are the Orange Bowl champs for a reason. 40-10 wasn't a bad showing considering how much work still needs to be done at FIU.

I bet we'll do a lot better next week in Iowa. Hell, that game is probably our best shot at an OOC win other than Toledo.

As for the poll... 4-8 this year. Maybe 1 win up or down. We'll be better. Of that I'm sure.

I know no one will care about this but me... but I was totally surprised to hear two commercials on the FIU radio broadcast tonight that I had voiced and produced when I was still at WQAM. That was a major time trip there. Too bad I don't get any royalties for that. :(

I didn't see or hear the game, but reading the blogs from KU and here, it seems that the our O didn't show to play, but the special teams did good, The Defense did well but the clock when the O goes 3 and out and the defense has to be on the fiel 70% of the game we know the results.
However there is a slight improvement from last year game at Penn St. and Kansas.
Lets see what will happen next week, maybe Mario can find a way to motivate the Offense and we can have a game next week.
The other Sun Belt teams didn't do much better than us, except for ASU, even FAU went to school today.

Please fix the Photo Gallery from the Kansas game...it shows a picture of Paul McCall and says: Florida International quarterback Troy Dannehower throws the ball during the first quarter of a football game against Kansas, Saturday, Aug. 30, 2008, in Lawrence, Kan. CHARLIE RIEDEL / AP

FIU left somewhere between 3 - 17 points on the field that they did not score. Even if they had scored all of those points, the still would not have won the game but would have made the final score much more respectable.

When you're FIU, the margin of error is nill. When Paul McCall gives the receivers a chance for a completion, the recievers MUST come down with the football.

In the end, they played better than last year and are an improving team. If they minimize the mistakes and score when the opportunities are there, they can win more than 3 games.

As always, go G-Panthers!


I wish the freakin' radio guys would refer to us as FIU only as instructed by our athletic department.

FIU left somewhere between 3 - 17 points on the field that they did not score. Even if they had scored all of those points, the still would not have won the game but would have made the final score much more respectable.

When you're FIU, the margin of error is nill. When Paul McCall gives the receivers a chance for a completion, the recievers MUST come down with the football.

In the end, they played better than last year and are an improving team. If they minimize the mistakes and score when the opportunities are there, they can win more than 3 games.

As always, go G-Panthers!


Please tell the radio guys to only refer to us as FIU.

We shouldn't be surprised by the outcome, however we should be encouraged by the effort. There seemed to be a difference in speed for FIU and it showed by holding the most potent offense we will see all year to under their game average. Listen to Coach Mangino's nice words on FIU improvement.


From the Lawrence, Kansas paper here's a nice shot of Scott Bryant getting a nice shot @ their receiver.



Pete, can you update us on why Cedric Mack didn't play? Our OL is our thinnest area, and he is critical to our season, in my opinion. I'd love to see Mack at LT and Leavine at RT, then move Matavao to guard. Even Mangino mentioned after the game that the Ned kid looks like a pretty good back if we could just give him some room to run. I think the same can be said for Owens. These guys are being wasted without a line that can create spaces.

Defensively, we are much improved, which is great to see. However, I didn't see or hear much from freshment Kambriel Willis and Johnathan Jackson. Kambriel wasn't even listed in the player participation chart, which is a big surprise. Any reasons for this? James Jones seemed to have the biggest impact of any of our talented freshment on the defensive side of the ball.

WHO CARES WHO THE QB IS???? they all suck! new uniforms new stadium same ol sorry FIU scrubs!!!

Cedrick Mack told my brother that he had "complications" this week and will be there next week. "Can't miss me. I'm big" he said. lol.

As far as the game goes...

The Bad Side: We Lost

The Bright Side: We improved from last years lost margin(55-3) by 22 points. We beat the Vegas spread (-37) by 7 points. And my favorite we did better than FAU atleast. We showed signs of improvement on both defence and special teams.

as a side note to anyone who didn't listen to the game. McCall really did a fairly good job;considering the situation (constant rush, and dropped passes) in leading. The one drive Younger was in he failed to make anything happen. I still rather have a passing QB thats working on mobility than vice versa. Not that Younger did anything wrong, but dispite what the stat sheet says he's our man.

This was a very good result compared with last year. The score does not tell the whole story.

Kansas called off the dogs at halftime last year. They could have run up the score to a 100 last year. This was a real game. Younger was awful last year and awful again in his appearance this year.

Very encouraging performance by FIU and McCall

Like I have said before, no O line no wins. Pete you worried about the kicking game, they will never be within 3 points for it to matter. Amazing how some people see a silver lining with a 30 point loss.

I have to admit, when I saw the two-deep chart released last week before the Kansas game, I thought Coach Cristobal was pulling a fast one on Kansas (with some of the names listed and names that were conspicuously absent from the list). But after listening to the game and looking at the final stats, it looks like the depth chart was spot on. Going into the game with that depth chart, I would have been very happy with a 30 point loss. So what happened, Pete? I know I don't get to see the practices like you do, but from some of the things you described in Spring and Fall practices, it sounds like we went into the game with half of our ammo missing.

Some of the names that I'm expecting to see make big contributions this year that I would have thought would have been on the two-deep are:
Cedrick Mack (biggest loss of the game for FIU)
Mario Caraballo
Javon Hill
Travis Felder
Devin Parrish
Kambriel Willis
Reggie Jones

And others who I think should be seeing significant playing time this year that look like they didn't play are:
Mannie Wellington
Matt Garris
Winston Fraser
Aaron Davis
Daunte Owens
Alfonso Bryant
Derrick Clark
Marcelus Manear
Jason Frierson

Some of the guys that started and saw extended action were not guys who have contributed a whole lot in the past (Tyler Clawson, Quentin Newman, Artis Warthen, Dan Chacreton). Again, watching this from afar, I was very surprised. I know the coaches want to put the best guys on the field, so I have to trust that. Those of you that questioned whether Coach Cristobal was partial to guys he recruited certainly can't say that after this game.

Anyway, if the player participation chart was correct, I certainly hope more guys see action next week (especially Mack and Willis).

On the positive, side, gotta love what Hilton brings. We need playmakers like him. And I was glad to see the coaches put McCall back in there after sitting him down for a series. Let's give the boy some time to throw next week! Kansas isn't going to be the best front line we'll see this year (USF), so we have to get better up front.

From what I've heard from our football beat at the Beacon, they expect Mack to play in the next few weeks.

Hey, we lost, but we were better than last year, and in the new unis, we looked damn good doing it. Those are some of the best unis in CF, if I do say so myself.

I agree with Pete, I think we take a W out of Toledo and win 3 or 4 in Sun Belt play.

And hey, Pete. How serious is Ash's injury? He's one of our best playmakers in the defensive backfield.


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