If you're a fan of a fast, aggressive defense then this is the blog post for you. If you're a fan of offense, you'll have to wait a little bit and read through a lot of the FIU D's big day before getting to the O's scrimmage moments on Tuesday morning.
The FIU linebackers are going to be pretty special with the quickness and power they possess and showed on Tuesday. Of course, the D-Line helped out quite a bit by dominating the offensive line.
The D limited the O to 2 first downs in the first 7 possessions of the scrimmage, recorded 5 sacks and a Pooh Bear INT.
Three LBs got the defensive festivities going by recording tackles for loss. Winston Fraser, El Oso Scotty Bryant (above left, thanks Roy Viera photo) and Big Ontario Smith bullrushed into the offensive backfield. BOS or Little Canada -- whichever you prefer -- then recorded the first sack of the day.
After two 3-and-outs in the first two series, the O got their first 1st down when Paul McCall connected with Dudley LaPorte (right, thanks Roy Viera photo) for a 23-yard gain. But whatever momentum was gained, then was lost when WF and Jeremiah Weatherspoon got into the backfield to record another loss for the O.
El Oso almost ended the possession with an INT, but was just out of the reach of his fingertips and the O had to punt.
Wayne Younger entered in the next series and connected with cousin Jacob for 15 yards and the second 1st down. Two plays later, WY hit Larry McCoy with a 16-yard pass. But in between and after we saw Tyler Clawson get 2 TOL (tackles for loss). Derrick Jones made a stop of McCoy at the line of scrimmage and Tourek Williams and Chris Edwards brought down Darian Mallary for a loss of 6.
Next series, D. Jones took down Trenard Turner for a 2-yard loss on a screen. Cody Pellicer got a sack. Others who would follow with sacks were: freshman Terrance Taylor, Aaron Davis and Kambriel "Whatchu Talkin' Bout" Willis.
Wesley Carroll played 2 series and made a nifty play, rolling out and hitting Ty Frierson for 14 yards on the run and a 1st down. WC's first series ended when the D stopped Jonathan Ramirez on a 4th and 1.
WC's second series ended on a punt, but not before Jarrell McGee (left in white jersey, thanks Roy Viera photo) introduced himself to LaPorte with a hit that dislodged what would have been a completion from WC. That is not the play in the photo on the left.
The scrimmage later shifted to red zone work where the O first came close to scoring 6 when walk-on QB Chris Schirripa connected with Wayne Times twice. The first pass for 20 yards and then the second pass for 21 yards. On the second pass, Times -- ala Darriet Perry although not for the 13 yards DP did it against the Hooters last season -- carried 3 defenders to the 2-yard line. Pretty strong kid, No. 5.
Kendall Berry would then punch it in twice from 1 yard out.
Coming out of the end zone, the running game got going. First, KB made nice moves through the D for a 41-yard run. KB is a pretty shifty dude running with the ball. Then Daunte Owens (right, thanks Roy Viera photo) hit the sideline and scampered 93 yards down to the D's 6-yard line. However, there the FIU D held their ground holding the O to a field goal attempt.
In the FG department, both Dustin Rivest and Jack Griffin kicked the same distances: 22, 42, 36 and 40 yards.
DR was 2 for 4 missing from 40 yards and 36 yards. JG was 1 for 4 missing from 36 and 40 and on the 42-yarder Tourek Williams reached up and blocked the kick. Nothing is definitely settled in the kicking competition.
Longest pass play of the day went from walk-on QB Junior Delpe to McCoy for 27 yards. Dez Johnson played some solid pass D on a deep pass near the end of the scrimmage.
You are invited to the next scrimmage....If you can guess who wears No. 4 for FIU, then you get in for free to the next scrimmage on Saturday morning at 8:30 a.m. at FIU Stadium.
Talking to a Baltimore Ravens scout that was at today's scrimmage about Antwan Barnes and he says El Monstruo is 100% healthy and that as long as he stays that way the Ravens have big plans for him on D this season.
Watching the Dolphins preseason game last night against the Jaguars and noticed that the new Jacksonville white road jersey looks pretty similar to the white road jersey of Miami's college football team that was unveiled last season. The only difference I see is that the Jags color is black, while FIU's is midnight blue. Do you see the similarities too?
FIU Fanatic: Is Jonathan Jackson injured as well?...What about James Jones?
PP: Jackson has both feet injured and there is no timetable for his return. MC said last week that Jones is about 2 weeks away from returning to practice.
KJHarris02: PETE: is there going to be someone Videoing the FIU Alumni Panther Preview Day??? or any pictures??
PP: The Herald video won't be there, but FIU might shoot some video and/or pictures.