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Spring Tour: Backup Quarterbacks

Fiufoot You good people can't get enough of FIU football as our last blog showed. Wrote about FIU baseball and most of you responded with FIU football talk. With that in mind, I guess it's never too early to start looking forward to spring practice.

This spring is going to be crucial for several Panthers and their prospects of playing time come the 2009 season. With another solid signing class last week, FIU is building some quality depth and with this depth comes more competition to see the field.

So with the opening of spring ball a little more than 3 weeks away, let's take a look in the next 23 days atPe the key battles at several positions. While spring ball has sometimes been referred to as glorified P.E. classes, this spring will be anything but for some players looking to impress and at the same time fend off the talented incoming  freshmen in the fall.

Our first tour is who gets the call to backup Paul McCall this fall? (was a poet and didn't even know it)

Wayne Younger (left) was PM's backup last season, but year 3 could be the time for Colt Anderson (right) to take Wy the next step.

CA will likely receive his redshirt for not playing a snap last season and looksAnd to enter the season as a redshirt sophomore. Since he arrived from Nebraska 2 years ago, CA has shown flashes in practice of being the QB to take the next step. Now he has to show more consistency this spring to possibly move up the depth chart.

As he displayed during 2007, WY has the ability to play QB, but like CA needs to play with more consistency this spring. Before he tore his shoulder against Florida Atlantic in 2007, WY probably had his best game the previous week against Louisiana in the OB (photo above left). WY will be a junior in 2009.

If the decision for the No. 2 QB spot was based on arm strength alone, Darold Hughes would likely be your No. 2 QB. DH has got a cannon, but is still several steps behind WY and CA.

These 3 guys will not only be battling for dibs behind PM, but also auditioning for 2010 when Wesley Carroll joins the FIU starting QB derby.Qbs

Oak There will be position battles all over in spring and fall practices, but this could be the most important, because (knock on a big oak tree here) the gap between PM and the No. 2 QB needs to be closer --should anything happen to PM.


RoaryisMyHomeBoy: Pete, Do you think FIU will market their latest accomplishment? Of Having a 32.7% acceptance rate making FIU the most selective university in Florida http://tinyurl.com/c2pzxr.

PP: They definitely should. FIU people read this blog so they should pick up on your question as soon as this post hits the MH website.

Apaw Pretty split decisions on who you thought can have the greatest impact in their first season at FIU. Pooh Bear has 33.7% of your vote, but Wayne Times (18.5%) and Thatcher Starling and Edgard Theliar (both 13.5%) all are on your minds. Yeah, Clawing Cancer, it is too early to project on this question, but you good people like FIU football poll questions. Here's another....


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