Spring break is just about over and your Panthers return to the FIU Stadium gridiron on Tuesday.
In case, you're still applying the sun tan lotion, not done with that drink with the little umbrella in it or haven't come off the 18th hole yet....here's a two-part recap of what we've seen so far in spring ball. We'll look at the D on the next blog, but here's a look at the offense.
Paul McCall has picked up where he left off last season. The senior seems to have added some extra mustard to his passes. According to MC, another off-season in the weight room has helped PM's MPH on the his throws.
There hasn't been much separation between Wayne Younger and Colt Anderson in competition for the backup job.
Both WY and CA have had their moments this spring, but one has not outshone the other yet. Still got plenty of time for this position to play out before September.
Although, he has to sit out this season, because of NCAA transfer rules, Wesley Carroll has been as good as advertised. No. 13 has solid mechanics throwing the ball and is mobile. One moment that stood out was when the D brought consecutive blitzes and WC calmly rolled out, surveyed his options and hit Jason Frierson and Jeremy Dickens for completions.
Darriet Perry has been limited in his touches thus far -- got to keep DP upright, especially with the injury uncertainty behind him. When he has carried the ball, DP has done well. On one run he cut back and got a nice 20+yard run.
You know what T.Y. and GE can do. Frierson (below, right, thanks Alex J. Hernandez photo) might be having one of the stronger springs among the WRs. If you recall, Frierson came on at the end of last season and might play a bigger role this season.
The starting offensive line has been together this spring with no injuries (find some wood around you and knock on it). We've seen some holes opened in the running game and the protection has been all right for the most part during team drills.
Will be interesting to see come fall if any of the heralded freshmen (Rupert Bryan, Giancarlo Revilla and Dave Istanich) linemen can crack the starting lineup. Also will be interesting to see how Chris Cawthon bounces back from injury. He was playing pretty well before going down against North Texas last season.
FIU baseball has been rolling right along. Scott Rembisz continued his mound mastery on Friday night and lowered his ERA to 1.80 in the win over Fairleigh Dickinson. Writing this blog during a rain delay in game 2 of Saturday's doubleheader where the Panthers won game 1 15-7 and have an 8-0 lead in the 2nd inning. Don't worry Turtle, my attention is on the diamond during this blog.
IAMFIU: Pete, Any idea if and where we can grab some replica FIU baseball caps. I checked NewEra.com and Lids.com, but haven't seen anything.
PP: Drop by an FIU baseball game and you can buy FIU baseball caps at the souvenir stand on the right side of the stadium as you enter it. There the lovely FIU Diamond Dolls have a bunch of FIU baseball gear to sell.
quijote: Pete, how the hell did FIU manage to become a regional host for the NCAA tournament? I mean, what exactly does that mean that we're hosting?
PP: Any NCAA Division I school can put in a bid to be a regional host for the NCAA tourney. FIU put its bid in a few years ago and the NCAA decided to come to Miami. What hosting means is that the FIU media relations staff and other FIU employees have been working non-stop for the past week and we and the rest of the world get to see the FIU logo on the Heat's court for two days. (Click photo from unidentified FIU fan on the right for a better view)
Big turnout on our last poll question regarding the new FIU baseball uniform gold tops. Voters from the United Kingdom chimed in as did the Land of 1,000 Lakes in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Poll is still open and we have a close call so far with 41.4% of you liking the gold tops, 37.1% the blue tops and 21.6% the Roy Hobbs "Natural" unis.
Next question and last fashion question for a while: