The FIU Blue/Gold Spring Game begins at 6 p.m. at FIU Stadium where I heard the featured menu item will be some pulled pork sandwiches (No Arroz Con Pollo from Chef Sandra until football season).
The GPP LIVE SPRING GAME BLOG begins at 5:45 p.m. with a pre-game blog and depending who drops by the FIU Stadium press box, maybe some live guests. Then we'll have play-by-play of the spring game after that.
At the spring game, you will receive a voucher to walk into University Park Stadium for free and watch you're Panthers (3rd place in the Sun Belt) take on the Hilltoppers (2nd place in SBC) of Western Kentucky.
Now that we have your Friday night planned out, here are a few more notes from the last 2 days of spring practice to get you ready for the spring game and again FREE of charge.
It's been the Wayne Younger (thanks, Alex J. Hernandez photo) show the last couple of practices. WY threw a nice tight spiral to Ty Frierson for a 60-yard TD during team drills. In red zone drills, WY placed a nice touch pass to Greg Ellingson in the corner of the end zone for 6.
And in some pretty tight coverage where there were about 3 or 4 defenders, WY found Goodbye down the middle of the field for a 30-yard completion.
WY also got in some punting after practice and hit a 45-yarder. MC says WY is punting insurance, because the Panthers punting has been so-so this spring. WY punted at Cocoa High (photo right, WY is wearing No. 1 jersey) and should he be the FIU punter it would give special teams defenses a lot to think about.
FIU is still holding out hope that Carlos Munera gets a medical redshirt for the 2009 season for the appendectomy CM had in junior college 2 years ago. Should know more by August.
Receivers will be one of the strengths of the Panthers this fall, but noticed too many dropsies with the receivers on Wednesday. Need to clean that up.
Safety Derrick Clark, the state's interceptions leader in 2007, leaped up like a cat and batted down a pass with one hand for Thursday's defensive play of the day.
New D-lineman Josh Forney visited practice today and looks ready to put on the blue and gold.
You can see it all for yourself Friday at 6 or ask about it here on the GPP at the same time if you are in one of the GPP's 44 states or 30 countries or you're in a new area and want to join the GPP Worldwide Readership.
Good to visit with FIU Fanatic out at practice today.
blkpanther: Pete, Some homework for the spring game.1. How did James Jones Surgery go. How is he rehabbing? 2. After Spring Ball is over are the players going back to the weight room with the emphasis on getting bigger. 2b. When the freshmen come in the Summer will the be going through coach Moore's program before getting into spring camp? 3. How Far apart are PM & WY? I will leave the rest for a POP quiz on Friday.
PP: Geez, I was not a fan of school blkpanther, but I'll do my best: 1) JJ is doing fine and there's a slight chance he could be back this season.
2) Yes, players will be back in weight room, but from what I was told their getting bigger period was in the winter before spring ball. 2b) Yes, the frosh will hit the weights with Coach Moore.
3) PM is the starter, but MC said on Wednesday that WY has moved ahead of CA for the backup job and gaining. MC also said it's great to have Wesley Carroll in camp, because it has helped WY get better, because WY is not just going to inherit the starting QB job next season. It will be a battle between WY and WC and whichever other QB MC brings in.
Question for you: if you announce a POP quiz, then doesn't it lose it's POP quiz status? It now just becomes a quiz?
LonePanther: Pete, What are the chances of having Younger moved to play another position vs. staying as a backup to McCall? Who do you believe is the front-runner thus far for starting QB next year, Younger or Carroll?
PP: Unless, it's adding punting duties to his QB duties I don't believe WY will become a WR or any other position, because he's too valuable this season if something happens to PM. Of course, WY can always be a WR in a trick play, ala the Dolphins Wildcat offense. Of course, it would not come as any shock to see a WildPanther offense this fall, especially with all the athletes FIU has.
At the beginning of spring practice, I would have said the 2010 QB job was Carroll's to lose, but WY has had a pretty good spring. Not that Carroll has done anything to hurt himself, because on the contrary Wes looks like a veteran running the FIU spread, has a great arm, makes solid decisions with the football and is a mobile QB.
NYCFIUFan: Any chance friday's scrimmage being on panther pass?
PP: Panther Pass will be at the ballpark for FIU/Western Kentucky. Your viewing options for the spring game is LIVE at FIU Stadium or LIVE GPP BLOG. I'll try to be as colorful as I can describing the action.
Golden Panther 90: Pete- Any word on SR's status? I heard that there were meetings between him and PG today.
PP: SR will be back and there were no meetings. SR is in Detroit for the Final Four and PG is in Miami for the spring game.
You be John Madden and tell us who will win the Spring Game and why?