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In The Gym With The Panthers: Upperclassmen

Moore So you feel good after adding those extra 10 pounds on to your barbell this morning in the gym. Good for you. The following is not meant to make you feel bad about your workout routine it's just some of the highlights of the FIU football team's off-season strength and conditioning program.

Your Panthers have been adding some weight on their barbells as well and that's making them and strength coach Rod Moore (thanks Sam Lewis photo) feel good too. With Coach Moore's program, the Panthers have made noticeable gains across the board that should translate onto the field when camp and the season rolls around.

Senior offensive lineman Andy Leavine (below, right, thanks Alex J. Hernandez photo) was the first Panther that RM talked about. RM said: "Andy's put in the extra work in two ways. He is pushing himself more than ever and he's taken a leadership role in the weight room with some of the other players."Leavine

AL's power clean went from 315 pounds (summer 2008) to 350 (this summer). His bench press increased from 355 to 385 and squats increased from 425 to 500.

RM is also proud of T.Y. Goodbye's gains. TY, who entered FIU as a freshman last season at 160 pounds, is up to 175 and the goal is to get him to 180. RM said they have a plan to get TY to 180 and maintain that weight throughout the season.

TY's clean went from 205 in 2008 to 250 pounds this summer. He went from bench pressing 225 (08') to 275 (09') and the fastest Panther picked up his squats from 275 pounds to now 405.

One guy that RM said will surprise this season is Little Canada Toronto Smith. LC is 100% fully recovered from his foot injury from last season and shown it in the weight room.

LC upped his bench press from 295 (08') to 365 this summer. And his squat jumped from 475 to 515 pounds. With the work, LC has gone from weighing 204 to 222 pounds. Might be time to change that first Gaitor name to Ontario, because Toronto has gotten bigger.

RM says that "Anthony Gaitor is pound for pound the strongest kid on the team". Much like Goodbye, FIU would like to get Gaitor (left, thanks AJH photo) to 180 pounds and keep him there. He is at 175 now. Gaitor's numbers have gone up across the board: power clean (240 to 305), bench (245 to 315) and squats (405 to 475).

While being in his third season has definitely helped Gaitor and other FIU juniors, the Panthers probably benefitted a little from having several NFL players workout in the FIU gym. This summer Pittsburgh Steelers linebacker Lawrence Timmons (below, right), Oakland Raiders offensive tackle Mario Henderson, Tennessee Titans linebacker Stephen Tulloch and Timmons Green Bay Packers defensive back Pat Lee have been regulars in the FIU weight room. Would not surprise if the list of NFLers in the FIU weight room increases in the future, especially once the team starts training in their state-of-the-art fieldhouse gym later this summer.

With a solid senior season, FIU safety Jeremiah Weatherspoon could follow former Panthers Antwan Barnes and Chandler Williams as the third FIU player drafted into the NFL. JW has also had a good summer bumping up his bench from 295 to 335 and squats from 385 to 425.

Ash Parker, who sustained a torn knee in last season's opener at Kansas, is just about 100%. RM says Ash's knee is "great" and his numbers in the gym attest to that: bench press (315 to 365) and in one of the ultimate tests for a knee, Ash increased his squats from 400 to 425.

Center Brad Serini has dropped some weight to be more mobile around the line of scrimmage. Brad went from weighing 300 pounds to 280 for this season. However, the weight on his gym work has increased. Brad's power clean went from 250 to 300; bench from 320 to 385 and squats from 440 to 500.

One player who both RM and MC were raving about was defensive lineman Jonas Murrell.

Jonas Jonas (No. 92, left with a sack vs. Middle Tennessee in 2005, thanks SL photo) weighed 358 pounds last summer and is now down to 314 pounds with the goal being to get to 300 pounds.

With MC repeatedly saying in his Q&A that the play of the FIU offensive and defensive lines will be critical to the success of this season, Jonas is leading the way.

Jonas upped his power clean from 275 to 325; bench from 355 to 400 and squats from 575 to 600 pounds.

Says RM: "Jonas has done such great work in the weight room and he's really taken to being educated about eating."

MC joked that he and the other FIU coaches text Jonas at around 10:30 every night with the message: "Put down that hamburger". He has. Jonas is tasting the unfried side of Kentucky Grilled Chicken.

If there is one player that FIU really needs to stay healthy all season it's running back Darriet Perry.Dp And DP is doing his part to be in the best shape possible.

DP (right, thanks AJH photo) has trimmed his body fat from 10% to 8% for this season and picked up his numbers in his sophomore season in the weight room. DP's bench went from 290 to 350 pounds and his tree trunk legs went from squatting 405 to 475 pounds. DP is currently at his playing weight of 204 pounds and that's where he is expected to stay.

Will have a look at the FIU freshmen's offseason workouts and also let you know who are the fastest Panthers with some of their 40 times in the next post as well as more thoughts from coach Moore.


The newest FIU basketball commit: point guard Phil Taylor is in town for an AAU basketball tournament at Fort Lauderdale Northeast High School. Spoke with PT and  added his comments on to the previous post "Another Point Guard Headed To FIU" so you can check it out there.

Apaw Got a text from FIU's PA man Roman that he read in a Heat blog that former FIU center Russell Hicks is playing for Miami's summer league team. Best of luck to RH.

SouthPaw: Pete, you snuck in a little nugget a few blogs back about a kid named Manny Juiz, a kicker who can kick with either leg, his longest being 72 yards with his left leg and 68 yards with his right. Are you trying to pull a Sid Finch on us here? Also, can you give us any update on Cedric Mack's eligibility Sidd_Finch_1986_Mets for this upcoming season?

PP: Manny "Sidd Finch" Juiz will be happy to know you referred to him as a kid. Manny has been overseeing the construction of FIU Stadium and the fieldhouse for Odebrecht. Manny has never kicked field goals and is not from Czech Republic. He is as Cuban as Cuban coffee.

CMack is ready to go eligibility-wise, but he may not be in football shape. We're going to start taking a look at the Panthers roster in our "Countdown to Camp" coming soon on the GPP.


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Wow, Pete, you threw that Sidd Finch fastball right by me.

Great to see Jonas Murrell is taking his senior season so seriously. That kind of senior leadership is what we really need. I hope Reggie Jones is following his lead. I'm also happy to hear that Andy Leavine, a guy that has gotten alot of starts in his young career so far, is focusing on getting even better. They are setting the bar high for the young guys.

filthy sick numbers... 'love to see that kind of production.

This article puts all the Weight Room talk into perspective...finally.

Pete great article! Very detailed stuff, you clearly spent time compiling this for us to read thanks.

NIce ARticle Pete see if you can Rod Moore to get me in that gym.. lol i need the work out

If anyone gets the new NCAA Football 2010 coming out today, can you confirm whether or not our new stadium is in the game?

Great info Pete!!

No, I got the game last night. FIU remains the only FBS school playing in a worthless high school stadium. So who knows when the new stadium will be in the game :(

New uniforms are in as well as the logo and field.

Also, EA Sports has updated rosters available online that includes freshmen and roster corrections. I believe Larvez Mars is ROLB #53 for example.

Maybe we can petition EA Sports to make a patch for FIU stadium, lol.

Best Post I have seen from you Pete.

Question, is Gaitor squatting 475 a typo? He squatting as much as the Linemen.

That's ridiculous that the new stadium is not in the game, they even put Troys in. I hope our marketing or ath dept can be proactive on this issue, it may seem minor at face value but a LOT of college fans play this game and will at some point play FIU in the game and they should be seeing our real stadium.

Bro WTF I am SUPER upset. I reserved my copy...but frankly don't care for it if we are still playing in what was our POS high school bleechers. I am absolutely stunned at this...last night was acceptable but plenty of time has passed for the new stadium to be incorporated into the game.

As Bryan said, I hope they "patch" this up asap.

that sucks about our stadium not being in the game hopefully they will fix it in a DL'able patch


Maybe you can bring the NCAA 2010 stadium issue to your contacts in FIU athletics. It is true was FIUer said. Those high school bleachers in that game gives a very poor image to our up and coming program. Maybe they can send a message to EA Sports.

I am still in shock over the NCAA game. So incredibly disappointing...this is easily the best exposure FIU can get outside of our own city and its been blown! Even if they do provide a patch, who is going to bother downloading it besides us FIU hardcore fans. Even if its included in a forced system update, EA has already probably printed 250,000 copies with our nasty old high school in it. Amazing, I am so disappointed someone at FIU should've been ON THIS!

I sure hope the extra pounds on TY don't slow him down!! A gain of 20 lbs can make a few seconds diff out there, even if most of it was muscle gain.

Testing ??

That is true chris, but if he is stronger then could even run faster once he can carry that weight.

Are we seriously saying that the video game gives FIU exposure?

I was looking forward to buying the game... I will probably still buy it... but it's not the same without the new FIU stadium!!!

I'm pretty sure this is our own school's fault. It's been a year already, they've had plenty of time to fix it!

Of course it provides exposure. Whether big or small, exposure is always a plus, particularly for a growing program like ours. Besides, can you imagine how many recruits play that game, us being in something other than our new stadium is not optimal.

Agreed...this is a missed opportunity !!

Good post pete, i voted for murrell.

That guy is too big to ot dominate, im looking for tons of improvement on the d line.

I really want to see what the Underclassmen look like especially the Redshirt linemen. Most notably the Dtackles in Smith, Pound & Co.

I'm curious to hear the improvements in strength of Jonathan Jackson and Kambriel Willis. With good offseasons, those guys should make an impact.

we had NFL players on our campus? Granted Lawrence Timmons is the only recognizable name, but still.

I stopped buying all those NCAA games because they are the exact same game every year. even Madden.

Last gaming system i had was a sega dreamcast! No NCAA 10 for me although it does looks pretty cool.


I had an opportunity to see the new Field-House. All I have to say is....it's SICK. I have seen a few other BCS facilities up close, but hands down this is impressive and better than many BCS facilities that we recruit against. This team is GOOD HANDs and now have all the tools to get those ELITE prospects. What is missing is a loyal and proud fan base ?I also caught a glimpse of the freshman class going through conditioning stations....MARIO got us some serious STUDS and more are ON THE WAY SOON !!

Get your friends out to games this year and start supporting these guys. They are going to surprise teams this year. If we run the table at home, I am confident this team can win at least 7 or 8 games.

Ced Mack told me that Jonas Murrell was the toughest guy to push around on the d-line. We need both to get in the best shape possible. It would really boost our team.

Pete Does CMack have 2 years of eligibility left since he did not play last year? Was he on scholly last year?

In order for a freakin video game to provide exposure to a team based on the stadium for which it plays, you are assuming "recruit X" is selecting to play as FIU - which is rediculous. So like I said, as far as FIU is concerned, I do not think they missed a recruiting tool in the failure to have the new stadium in the game.

He means "ridiculous" right ??

Learn to spell you scUMbag. Have you noticed how little attention UM football is receiving lately from the local and national media? Their quality of play has decreased dramatically over the years and therefore passionate fans have started to disappear as well.

Within ten years, FIU will be the dominant football, baseball and basketball program in South Florida. Get used to it, because that's how it WILL be.


If it were UM being cybercast around the country as having a high school stadium would you make light of it? You gotta admit, on some level it's going to stick in your craw. It may not translate into the PR boon that many envision, but when accomplishments are hard to come by every one counts. This would be an equally offensive slight if it happened to the Canes. Panther fan or not, can we be in simple agreement on this point?

I'm a 'Nole but I was peeved when ESPN did a segment on the state of disrepair associated with the facilities at UM. It was cheap shot plain and simple. I feel dumped on every time a UM player sneezes and it is reported as a chemical attack of some sorts. Good press is all too hard to come by these days. But when we get it right, whether Cane or Panther or 'Nole, it should be noted with equal enthusiasm.

Great post, E-MAN....welcome your thoughts.....

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