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FIU Recruiting Prowl: Quarterbacks

Pm The Golden Panthers don't need a quarterback for next season, but in 2010 it will be interesting to see who is starting the season at Texas A&M under center -- or in FIU's case -- in the shotgun spread.

Paul McCall enters the 2009 season entrenched as your starter, but between Wayne Younger, Colt Anderson and this season's batch of recruits the Golden Panthers will need to start planning for the future giving next year's backup some reps so he doesn't face the Aggies cold.

Before we look at the QBs, here is your OFFICIAL COUNTDOWN TO SIGNING DAY: 40 days (Feb. 4, 2009).


Next season should be the time when a true No. 2 QB emerges for the Golden Panthers, especially with all the QBs now having 2 years in the spread offense. WY (left), who will be a junior next season, likely will get first dibs on backing up PM. However, CA (right) -- who will be a redshirt sophomore next season -- showed Wy plenty of potential in practice last season. CA's arm strength has gotten better. He Ca moves around well and at 6-4 has good size for a QB. Let's see if he can take that next step next season. Darold Hughes has had his moments running the scout team O and burning the 1st team D at times, but he'll have to be more consistent to get in the QB mix.

On the recruiting trail, there are some intriguing prospects -- and of course, nothing is official until NSD.

Still nothing new regarding Wesley Carroll (left in blue and gold colors -- don't get started with gold helmets, SP). You would have Wc_2 to imagine if WC does become a Golden Panther that he would be thrown right into the starting job competition for 2010 after he takes a redshirt in 2009. But my good friends, remember the GPP's Gatorade analogy when it comes to this situation and all recruit situations.

North Miami Beach's Nico Flores (right) would be a tremendous signing if MC were to land Nnf   him. The 6-2 QB is being recruited by the world, but is visiting FIU on Jan. 16.

Mccloud_2 Cedric McCloud (left) from Jacksonville Raines at 6-0 is not as tall or as fast as NF (5.0 to 4.7 40-yd), but does have a strong arm and some bulk at 200 pounds. CM is someone that could develop into a pretty good spread QB.

Fiuhelmet_2 Here are the QBs FIU brings back: Paul McCall, Wayne Younger, Colt Anderson, Darold Hughes.

Fiuhelmet_3 Here are the QBs FIU loses: None.

Carnac 2009 guesstimations: Do NOT see MC going the route of his counterpart across town and playing the backup QB in the second quarter or whatever. However, the Golden Panthers backup next season should see action against Alabama and Florida and possibly when FIU is comfortably ahead in other games.

This whole backup/next FIU QB after PM thing next season could depend on what QBs the Golden Panthers sign in February. If WC joins the Golden Panthers, then WY and CA may have their work cut out for them in 2010. Wouldn't surprise to see WY on the field as a receiver eventually, because he's a hell of an athlete. CA has got all the tools of a Division I QB, maybe competition from an All-SEC freshman QB helps CA flourish.

From what I've heard and read, the guess here is CM would need at least 1 or 2 seasons before Hh_2 challenging for starting role. NF could challenge for starting QB role from Day 1.

Regardless, of who emerges as PM's successor, they just have to remember one thing: Get TY the damn ball !

Coming up next: Running backs


  Gppaw_3 Spoke to El Monstruo's cousin up in Baltimore and he said EM is doing better after his season-ending injury. Left EM a message to call me back and when he does I'll post an update on here.

Gppaw_4 In our last poll question, you Santa Clausers would like to bring the players in the trenches to FIU as an Xmas gift. 45.7% of you said FIU is getting O-linemen for Xmas; 27.1% said give FIU D-linemen and 20% said give FIU a Manning-esque QB.

pikedanny: While I am loving the Christmas spirit shown by Mr. Pelegrin... I must say this blog entry was pretty redundant. No news not even some insight... I think you could've come up with something better. No?

GPP: It's Christmas time. Let's have a little fun with an FIU Christmas blog. We're in cyberspace where there is endless space to write and no time constraints. In fact, one of our 2 poll questions at the end of the Pawse is in regard to the 2 X-mas blogs on the GPP. Plenty of newsier blogs up ahead. Thanks for Sc En_2 your readership.

gpantera: Thanks for your support. Let pikedanny, yourself and me all get a shot of egg nog and toast the GPP and the holiday season.

alt7787: pete, i was so happy to see TY on the Miami Heralds All Florida Team. Before I opened the paper this morning I was hoping that he wasnt snubbed in favor of some underachieving receiver from UCG. but I was soooo delighted to see him on the first team. I also noticed your name was part of the team that chose the players. honestly, did you have to do a lot of lobbying for TY or was he a pretty unanimous selection?

GPP: Among the other writers that voted for the Herald's All-Florida college team, TY was a no-brainer as was Anthony Gaitor (left). The FIU second teamers (Scott Bryant and Robert Mitchell) needed some lobbying. Here's my 1st team ballot: OFFENSE -- QB - Tebow, UF; RB - A. Smith, FSU; WR - Harvin, UF; Ag WR - Hilton, FIU; WR - Murphy, UF; TE - Grant, FAU; OT - Rizzo, FAU; OT - Trautwein, UF; C - Serini, FIU; G - Pouncey, UF; G - Hudson, FSU; K - Gano, FSU. DEFENSE -- DE - Selvie, USF; DT - J. Jackson, FAU; DT - Troup, UCF; DE - Brown, FSU; LB - Spikes, UF; LB - Joseph, FAU; LB - Spence, UM; DB - Gaitor, FIU; S - Black, UF; S - Mitchell, FIU; DB - Burnett, UCF; P - Henry, UF; RS - Hilton, FIU.

FIU Fanatic: Any link to that "All Florida" Team? Guess, it's not yet online?

GPP: Already told the MH on-line people that the team needs to be on the MH page. So let's see when they get it on there.

Here are 2 poll questions. The first deals with FIU QBs, the second is your opinion on the GPP's 2 Christmas blogs. Here is the link for last year's in case you forgot: 2007 FIU Christmas Carol


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Well at least we have options for 2010... idk I would like to see Colt Anderson excel and take over for McCall, but if we pick up Carrol than he would logically be the front runner. His experience in the SEC is something you can't ignore. I kinda doubt we'll land Nico and I guess McCloud could enter the mix. I don't want to see Younger back there... he just isn't consistent enough and he hasn't won a game at QB since he got here.

The way I see it, it's either going to be Anderson or Carrol.

Hey Pete, your writing makes the reader assume we have no chance against UF or Alabama! What's that about?!

Debby Downer in the house.

how you like dem apples?


Any word on what Turtle is going to do with the coaching spot vacated by Delmonico? Is he going to coach this year with one less coach?

Congrats to FAU. Helps SBC with legitimacy, too bad Troy couldn't finish it out.

Pete, for tonight's men's hoops game is Gacesa playing? Pete, I'll pick-up my prize tonight @ game.


My New Year's resolutions:

1) Be more optimistic and have hope about our men's hoops and SR's future (Wow, that's a tough one but I'll give it the old college try!)

2) Hoping Turtle "The Messiah" Thomas doesn't lose ANOTHER 40 games!

3) Hoping Turtle Thomas go UNDEFEATED against Div-II teams (Wow, another tough one!)

4) Praying that 4-7 Alabama starting players are suspended for the first game next year. Alabama assumes they will not need them against FIU and we SHOCK the nation by defeating Nick SATAN and the Tide (Wow, don't know which one is tougher, Turtle beating Div-II schools or this one!)

Additionally, if this miracle would happen, no not Turtle's but beating Alabama, I would like McCall in a post-game conference interview with national and local media to dedicate that victory to ALL Miami Dolphin fans! That would get major love from the Dolphin Nation about the GPP Nation.

Notice that all my resolutions are about hope and praying, something we all need to do more of. My hoping and praying just includes a heavy dose of FIU along with other important things in my life.

I think FFFL is DP's son

I agree with Joel on the QB situation. I see Anderson giving McCall all he can handle for the starting job next season (forget about 2010 for now). I can't see any freshman walking on campus and competing for the starting job immediately unless he's a four star player or better. If McCall can stop throwing the bad interceptions that cost us games, I'm OK with him back there next year, but wouldn't mind seeing what Colt can do.

Heart breaking loss for the canes in overtime tonight.

I know this isn't the FAU board, but they looked pretty good in their bowl game. Congrats to FAU...they need to work on the butterfingers though!

You mean the PANTHERS don't you mra? And boy oh boy yes it was... I thought that was just horrible. We HAVE TO make free throws... it was embarassing. The game shouldn't have been as close as it was. Plus, that call by the refs at the end of the second half that allowed Tenn-Martin to shoot three free throws to tie it was RIDICULOUS, he was barely (if at all) touched! Anyway, hopefully we can rebound on Monday.

And what is up with our fans? Seriously, I felt like I was at a golf tournament for most of the game. No chanting, no energy, no LIFE. THIS WAS AN EXCITING GAME FOR GOODNESS SAKES!! It comes down to the final seconds, and no one is on there feet? No one is cheering on our squad thaqt is in desperate need of a win and support? Get into it! We have to do a better job of cheering on our basketball team and our other sports programs in general... And where was Roary anyway?? lol

mra wrote, "Heart breaking loss for the canes in overtime tonight"

WTF are you talking about. The canes game did not go into overtime. Please clarify.

As for b-ball, there are no kind words to describe this season.

Pete, sorry I missed you on Sat for my prize. I will be there Mon @ 2 pm for the Fordham game. Pete, the next conference game is Jan 3rd, will any of our injured starters be ready for that game? We are in DESPERATE need of help!


That game was very depressing, I was watching on Panther Pass and could not believe how many free throws were missed at crucial points.

ya congrats to FAU, can't help that it should have been FIU at that game. I am STILL hung over that damn FAU game. Oh well at least we had a 4 game improvement, UM had only a 1 game improvement.

If Welsly Carrol transfer to FIU. If he is not require to sit out(don't know how many games he played this year)he will compete for the starting qb job. He has younger athleticism, is just as good of passer as McCall. He is both our qb's strengths in one.

go dolphins!!!!!!!!

If Wes Carroll comes, he will have to sit out the 2009 season. Looking at his highlights, he was 6-3 as a starter as a true freshman in the SEC (wins against Bama, OM, and KY). Oh and he won the Liberty Bowl in 07, after the HC allowed him to run the read option (which he lobbied for through the came). He also had the single game highest total offense in 2007 (Tebow won the Heisman that year). Carroll is a winner.
For 2010 I see him starting hands down, and retaining the job for his Junior and Senior seasons. He will have a year and a half to work out with the team and learn everything. If you remember him at STA, he was brilliant there. Yes he did not win a title with them, but all three years he battled against the Lakeland Gators. This year they played the Dreadnaughts!

Anyone know whether Mario and staff are even trying to get in the conversation with the trio from Sanford, Fl. that beat Miami Northwestern?

I remember hearing during the telecast that none of them have committed yet and were looking to all go to the same school and make an immediate impact. (Armstrong, Dye and Debose) can all play on either side of the ball. I'm sure they can make quite a statement and help FIU become a BCS buster before they leave school and pursue careers in the NFL.

Oh well........we're all entitled to dream, right ??


Christmas is over. We're starvin' for football recruiting and baseball info. Give us nibble.


Starvin' in Pembroke Pines.

Good thing the basketball team won today, Alex Galindo was fantastic! Hicks even stepped in towards the end! Hopefully now that our starters will be returning we can make an imprssive run in conference play. Now is when things matter the most!

That wasn't Russel Hicks was it? If so, he shrunk, he's supposed to be 7'0 and he looked smaller than Alex. Or was I just missing my glasses?

Hicks' name does not appear in the boxscore.... it would seem to me he didn't play at all. Also, reading the fiusports.com report, it appears the final scored doesn't reflect how open the game was towards its end...only to see them score the final 10-12 points to make the final score look respectable...

Congrats to the team, players, coaches...Go FIU!!

I can't believe what a great job Cristobal and the staff have done recruiting in the last two years. Now that about 80% of the team will be Cristobal's recruits I think we can finally start making plans for a bowl game (some where closer then Detroit). THE QUESTION:
"Who will be the Top 5 Recruits for the 2009 Season?"

Can we get two or three more T.Y's?

If the question about recruits was to difficult I have one more..

Can Roary be a better Mascot?

He seems to have a lack of Energy. Hey Roary you need to PUMP UP THE CROWED!

Really? I could have SWORN it was Hicks.... it might have been a mistake on my part...

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