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Friday's Practice: More D; 7-Up & 7-Down

The first day in full pads brought more of the same from Thursday -- the defense gaining the upper hand.

Agaitor With several NFL scouts in attendance, your Panthers D delivered a consistent pass rush during team drills. Although it was mostly the day of the D on Friday, there were some offensive highlights.

Quarterback Paul McCall connected with No. 4 on a sharp pass over the middle. On the play, it appeared T.Y. might get crushed going over the middle, but the ball got there on time, T.Y. caught it and the two defensive backs on the play collided with each other while No. 4 was on his way for 6.

Tyler Clawson had a sack on a blitz and Jarvis Wilson recorded a couple of tackles for loss.

No. 7 (left, thanks Roy Viera photo) delivered the kryptonite to No. 4 again and let him and PMC know about it. But the Gatorade got Gaitor.

Getting ready to field a punt, Gaitor was accidentally knocked to the ground by the water girl and the portable Gatorade bottles she was carrying. No truth to the rumor that the water girl was offered a scholarship onDix the spot.

No. 4 caught another long pass from PMC.Shakenbake

Elliott Dix (right, thanks Roy Viera photo) caught a screen and did a little shake-n-bake that took 2 or 3 defenders out of their shoes and got ED 15 yards on the play.

Jacob Younger had a nice catch over the middle.

A visitor standing on the sideline wondered what cannon the footballs were being shot out of during the special  teams portion of practice. I pointed him to the cannon wearing No. 34 in blue. Carlos Munera continued his good punting nailing a couple of 60 yarders.

And what is becoming a daily occurrence....here's your daily Darian Mallary moment:

Cannon Toward the end of practice, DM took a handoff and ran left toward a host of defenders. It appeared DM was going to be taken down for about a 7-yard loss. But no.

DM spun to his right and outran the D to pick up 11 yards and a first down.

Saturday's your final chance to see your Panthers before practices are closed for the rest of camp. It's a 2-a-day on Saturday with practices at 8 a.m. and 3:45 p.m. 

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Apaw Got a text from Justin Francis Ford Coppola and he says he finished the FIU videos and they should be uploaded on the MH website tonight when he gets in the office. Here is the link: FIU Media Day Herald Video

Apaw Here's your video invite from the FIU football boss to get you ready for the 2009 season and tour a very impressive football facility: MC's Party at the Fieldhouse

Q&A

FIUFloridaPower&Light: The main concern has always been the O-line. We haven't been able to effectively run the ball over the years. And the next concern was the red zone offense, which was not that great last year either. Pete, I assume there will be some level of natural improvement due to experience, but do any of the new players look like they will cause a giant leap in those two areas mentioned above.

PP: Having the entire starting O-Line back will help. Some of these guys have played 36 games togetherDperry and are noticeably bigger and stronger. It has been just 2 days in pads so I wouldn't read too much into what's happened in the last 48 hours. Now if this is the case, the next time you good people can see your Panthers in the Aug. 22 scrimmage, then I would say there might be a concern.

In the red zone, a full season from DP (right) should help the running game. We saw what he could do in the only 2 games he played in last season. Plus, you add a healthy Daunte Owens, what Darian Mallary is capable of, contributions from a big John Ellis and versatility in Trenard Turner and Kendall Berry.

Also, you have to factor in the new receiving and tight end weapons in the red zone. There are some elusive, quick guys in the WR corps and Dudley LaPorte is a creature. Would say monster, but FIU already has had El Monstruo.

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hey pete your lil friend doing the interviews is kinda cute.. hook a blogger up

As usual, thank you for your reports....It seems Jarvis Wilson has had a fast start with the camp early on.....Hope the offense starts making more plays in the coming days, so as you say, it doesn't really become a concern.

Go FIU!!

Judy is pretty.

Pete,

I am trying to find out how are #13 and #90 doing? Both of those guys are from my hometown. Thanks!

WIll somebody please explain why this "state of the art facility" has a weight room 1/4 filled with gear from the old field house? $$$? and the meeting rooms?

I like the Media Day video, but would of like to see more of the field house/weight room....Pete can we get more footage of the field house and weight room/locker rooms??? thanks

I am a little concerned about the O-Line thanks to all the paranoid bloggers' comments...

I am impressed with Paul McCall's attitude. I am crossing my fingers for a huge year from PMC and a productive O-Line.

Any reports from this morning's scrimmage? Who looked good today individually? Offense or Defense dominated today?

I read there were a number of local recruits out there watching the practice as well...

Those of you that can...show up for the 3:45 pm practice and....report...report...report....

WIll somebody please explain why this "state of the art facility" has a weight room 1/4 filled with gear from the old field house? $$$? and the meeting rooms?

Posted by: ridgepanther | August 15, 2009 at 09:23 AM
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Instead of complaining, why don't you write a check to the program !! Yes, funding is an issue...you know that, it's no secret. Tired of your same old negative BS on here. Help the program or Get lost !!!

slow down..... having a few meetings with PG make you no high roller.... It is valid question to have a brand new building and nothing to put in it.... like buying a new house and using old appliances... my main question is why? that should have been part of the construction. I believe it is called FF&E...

I understand where you're coming from FIUPIKE, but I have to side with ridgepanther as well.

Right now all I can give to the program is my support at the away games, but maybe the distribution of funds used to this point could have been better aligned and prioritized? Those that have visited the new facilities can confirm that the changes have been really exciting and significant, but there are still areas that need some help (whether it be filling the weight room with new equipment OR smaller things like better signage throughout the stadium).

Although grants and funds support different programs throughout the entire campus, in the end its a public institution without UF's private donor pockets and therefore subject to bureaucracy as far as donations and spending is concerned.

The good news is that FIU has a massive alumni network and as soon as the wins start to come and tradition is built, the apathy will decrease and donations will increase. Right now, if you can't make private donations, the best thing to do is support the team however possible whether it be going to an open practice or traveling to Rutgers. This shows ALL members of the team support and appreciation...without that, there is no dedication from within and ultimately there will be no wins.

Be patient!

Isn't some of the "furniture"/equipment also ordered but not arrived yet? I believe that is the case, at least with the locker rooms. If the same amount of equipment or "old appliances" as you put it, are enough for the moment for our athletes for getting as strong as they have, it's ok by me. There will be some time, and some $$$ or donations in the near future, to make it look as great as it deserves.

As far as the weight room, maybe ridgepanther can afford to donate some real good money and have the weight room bear his name. Really ridgepanther, you may have worked many years at FIU, but these continous criticisms of PG and..thus...FIU...should be getting old, even to you.

For your own sake, get over it, and let's all help FIU become what we all want it to be...assuming you still love and want the best for FIU.

"slow down..... having a few meetings with PG make you no high roller."

Are you referring to yourself ? I've never claimed to be a high roller...

I get it though...you just enjoy pointing out the obvious and never seem to offer solutions. I for one can tell you that FIU is open to hearing from Alumni and friends....case in point, the event on 8/20 was inspired by concerned alumni that want to help. Had I reached out to the previous staff, they would of told me to not waste their time...

Fellas...let's not argue, let's agree that the girl from the MH is cute!! Pete let her know the interviews were awesome!!

I stay in the morning practice till about 10 40 am today. Our defense was looking very good in the live running and passing drills. The running game was having a hard time breaking thru. A couple runs did look promising though. Times plays like hes a sophmore at FIU.

The special teams offense was having some issues blocking in some drills that were run. Coach Cristobal got the special teams huddled around him and just unleashed @#%#@. After his speech everyone was sticking to their man like white on rice.

The usual playmakers mentioned in every post all looked very productive. With a coach like Cristobal motivating and teaching these players wins are inevitable.

maybe I am a negative nelly, so be it, I can wait for 20 years for the equipment to get in.... but my initial question stands, how do you let it happen? go around the nation, you build a ficility and then you have all new gear/stuff in it, but yes the 14,000 sq ft space for the weight room is magnificent... someone did make a good point, what is in it does not matter only how it is used and the results that come of it...

I dont understand your point. The weight room JUST opened. I know you want to see this thing stacked with weights. But Delivery issues, Machine location planning does exist and honestly money is a factor to a degree. It might be a budget issue. The foundation is laid the rest will come. Why is this a big deal.

FACT-Darian Mallary's nickname growing up was "Ooh" because everytime he would touch the ball the crowd would yell OOOOOOOHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!

I figure I would pass that info to you since other guys have nicknames too.

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