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Darian Mallary: Coach Wants Me To Race T.Y.

Back to the recruiting trail after our lively debate on to be or not to be Panthers.C11 gulliver SPTS ADD

Gulliver running back Darian Mallary envisions himself playing a similar role in the FIU offense that he played this year in leading the Raiders to the state championship game. That role being running and catching the ball out of the backfield and maybe even a little WildPanther. DM led the county in Class 3A-1A rushing this past season with 1,796 and accounted for 17 TDS (15 rushing, 2 receiving). And with his serious wheels, DM might give T.Y. Goodbye a run for fastest Panther come August....

PP: Heard you were pretty fast. How fast are you?

DM: 4.3 in the 40. FIU really likes my speed. Coach Cristobal told me he wants to see me race T.Y. when I get into camp.

PP: You had a long list of schools (Iowa, Ole Miss, Rutgers, UM, Central Florida, Indiana, Troy) interested in you. What made you choose FIU?

DM: Every player down here already knows, if not, they are learning that FIU is an up and coming program. It's not a secret anymore. What FIU is doing and what they did last year really impressed me. They were 1 game from a bowl game last season.

Jw PP: How was your visit to FIU?

DMJarvis Wilson (left) was my host and he was the best. I recommed to any recruit to ask for Jarvis on their visit. The campus is beautiful. The school library is huge. I saw the stadium and drawings of the weight room, locker rooms and we also got a view from the top of the stadium and saw all of Miami from there. There are no flaws with FIU.

PP: You ever play in the spread offense like FIU runs? 

DM: We had something similar at Gulliver and that was another reason I chose FIU, because I like playing in that type of offense where you can make plays. Hopefully, I get some snaps out of the Wildcat, because I have a strong arm and can throw the ball. Dolphins Brown Football MAW  

PP: You grew up playing football with T.Y.?

DM: Yeah, we played and so did Kambriel Willis on the same Pop Warner All-American team that played in a tournament in Cancun, Mexico. We beat like 5 different nations from around the world to come in first place in that tournament. Another reason I chose FIU is because of T.Y. and I saw that he played his freshman season. There are opportunities for freshmen to play at FIU in their first year.

PP: Kenny Dillard really liked the banners on the side of the stadium with T.Y. and Anthony Gaitor. What are your thoughts on those?

DM: I want me one of those and so does my mom. She wants to drive up to the stadium and see my poster hanging on the side of the stadium. But Coach Cristobal said he wants me to earn it. I'm ready to go. I'll be there watching spring practice.


Jsuarez88: Pete, couple things...Any news/updates on Larvez Mars? On his visit to FIU? His top 2-3 choices? Do we still stand a chance? Rocky Vann said he runs a 4.32?! Is there any way you can confirm? Thats TY Fast.

PP: Haven't heard anything new on LM and agree with you that he would be a tremendous addition to the FIU D, but I did hear he may not qualify. I'll see about RV's time, but maybe we should line up TY, RVAol   and DM on the first day of camp and watch 'em go.

Gazi: Pete, Any news on C. Mack?

PP: Nothing new, but will check on it. Maybe esteban688 (a.k.a Mack's Ari Gold can chime in).

2006PA: Pete... Have you heard anything about changing the logo on the FIU license plate?

PP: Last I heard the new license plates could be out toward the latter part of this year or by 2010.

Sb fiu4ever: Hey Pete, Any news on the MLS front?

PP: MLS is expected to make an announcement at some point the week after the Super Bowl, which would be after Feb. 1.

Pantera Dorada: Pete, can you confirm the band rumor?

PP: Been told the band is NOT going anywhere. Band


But the latest poll question is moving right along with currently 62.1% of you saying it's time for the FIU Panthers and 37.9% of you say keep the FIU Golden Panthers. Poll is still open, keep on voting.


We've heard from several recruits what they think is the best selling point about FIU. What do you think it is?



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