Besides returning starters Scott Bryant and Tyler Clawson, this should be the spring where we see a fully healthy Winston Fraser (left).
Of all the LBs available this spring, Fraser might be the one that could start making a case for more playing time in the fall. Everything I've heard from high school coaches to the FIU coaches is that the kid is a beast.
Sophomore Aaron Davis (right) is another player to keep an eye on. In limited duty, last season Davis showed some flashes of the type of player he can be. Also look for Jarvis Wilson and hybrid DB/LB Franklin Brown to continue their steady play. Wendy Napoleon has been conditioning with the team in an attempt to come back. Whether he suits up in the spring remains to be seen.
One LB out for the spring is Little Canada - Toronto Smith (left). Saw LC at the opening series of the FIU baseball season and he was on crutches recuperating from a torn tendon in his foot. LC said he would be ready for fall practice. The injury apparently has not slowed LC in the weight room, because he has gone from looking like Toronto to now Ontario.
You can ask or learn more about the FIU LBs and all other Panthers football on our LIVE Q&A BLOG with coach Mario Cristobal this Tuesday, March 3 from 11 a.m. to 12 noon here on the GPP.
ON TO CAJUN COUNTRY
The FIU hoops team travels to Louisiana to take on the Ragin' Cajuns on Wednesday in 1st round play of the Sun Belt tournament.
If the Panthers play every game like they came out against the Hooters on Saturday night, then they could rule the Sun Belt. Outside of maybe the Western Kentucky home game this season, I've never seen the kind of energy and passion this season with which FIU played last night.
Yes, it does help to have the entire team healthy for the first time all season like FIU had against Florida Atlantic. UL took care of an undermanned FIU 90-73 earlier this season at the Cajundome. Let's see what game 2 shows.