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Scrimmage No. 2: O-Line A-OK, More Oooh & The Name is Schirripa

The majority of you good people voted in our last poll question that what you wanted to see the mostDmallaryruns in Saturday's scrimmage was the progress of the O-Line.

Well, the FIU O-Line has got your progress right here.

Those concerns you had about the O-line and running game should be eased a little bit now after Saturday's scrimmage. Granted, it was just a scrimmage, but the O-Line got the push they did not get in the first scrimmage and opened holes for Darriet Perry, Darian Mallary (right, thanks Sam Lewis photo) and Trenard Turner.

Or as linebacker Scott Bryant would say after the scrimmage: "the offense came out with an attitude and some swagger".

After starting the scrimmage with 3 pass plays, the Panthers went to ground on the second series with DP picking up where he left off last season. DP picked up 28 yards on 4 carries before Paul McCall hit Greg Ellingson with a 50-yard touchdown pass.

It wasn't all offense on Saturday, it just seemed that way with the manner FIU was able to move the ball on the ground. Before the running game got going again, the D made back-to-back stops: forcing Wayne Younger to hurry an incomplete 4th down pass to end one series and then Jonas Murrell recovered a fumble to end the following series.

Wcarroll Quarterback Wesley Carroll (left, thanks Roy Viera photo) started his first series in the red zone, when MC had the ball placed at the 20. Nothing doing on WC's first series, but Dustin Rivest and Jack Griffin each hit 37-yard field goals to end the series. (MC had both kickers kick the same field goals and extra points each time).

In WC's second series, you got a glimpse of why No. 13 was the SEC Freshman QB of the Year at Mississippi State. On 1st down, WC couldn't find anyone open, so he calmly rolled out, eluded rushers and bought enough time to hit Larry McCoy for 24 yards.

WC couldn't avoid Aaron Davis two plays later as AD recorded one of 5 FIU sacks. The 4 other sacks were by Jarvis Wilson, 2 by Deiondrick Roberts on consecutive plays and by Tourek Williams, who gets better by the day.

When Mallary got into the game the run game took off again. Oooh ripped off a 24-yard run that drew some "ooohs" from the crowd.

In the same series, WY connected with T.Y. Goodbye for 21 yards -- it was No. 4's only catch of the day as MC said he wanted to see how the offense would respond without No. 4 for long stretches.....The offense's answer: 3 passing TDs and 150 yards rushing.

Walk-on DB George Palmer had some good pass D soon after and then Emmanuel Souarin interceptedTurner WY and ES showed some good moves returning the pick. It seems like every high school player from the 305 has some moves in the open field.

Trenard Turner (right, thanks Roy Viera photo) healthy from knee surgery, then got his shot and had some tough, physical inside runs for 57 yards on 13 carries. TT's best run was on his first carry where he gained 12 yards and broke a couple of tackles.

Walk-on QB Chris Schirripa had his best day of camp. MC said Schirripa moved ahead of Junior Delpe for the No. 3 QB job with his performance.

And with the nifty quarterbacking day, some of the media along the sideline that did not know how to exactly pronounce Schirripa -- learned. Some of those people on Saturday initially pronounced Schirripa as "chalupa". Those unsure quickly learned how to say Schirripa after his 2 TDs. Schirripa was now as easy to pronounce to those people like if they were pronouncing Smith. 

On his third pass of the day, Schirripa found Rocky Vann for a 24-yard TD and finished the scrimmage with a 23-yard TD to McCoy.

On CS's longest drive of the scrimmage, Oooh got it going with a 15-yard run. After the Tourek sack, CS had completions of 10 and 11 yards to McCoy and Colt Anderson, respectively.

Mccoy CS even scrambled for 10 yards on another play making a move on one defender. With his athleticism, CS reminds a little of former FIU QB Josh Padrick. He even has a similar throwing motion.

Before the drive ended, Palmer dropped an INT from CS that would have gone for 6. Rivest kicked a 36-yd FG to end the drive. Griffin missed wide right from the same distance.

Toward the end of the scrimmage, Oooh broke off a 20-yard run and might have gone the distance if not for a receiver stepping on his foot. To finish the scrimmage, McCoy (left, thanks Sam Lewis photo) juggled the ball three times before securing it in the back of the end zone for the third FIU TD of the day.

Some leading numbers from the scrimmage: Schirripa was 6 of 9 for 60 yds, 2 TDs; Oooh had 7 carries for 65 yards; McCoy led the WRs with 4 catches, 62 yds, TD; Vann had 2 catches, 29 yds, TD; Ellingson 1 catch, 50 yds, TD.


Apaw Add another committment for FIU hoops for 2010, when shooting guard Richaud (not Richard) Pack from Birmingham, Michigan said he wants to become a Panther. Pack played for the AAU national championship team from Michigan last season and will be a senior in high school this fall.

Interesting tidbit about Pack is that he is 6-3, just 16 years old, wants to study medicine and carries a 4.2Doogie GPA and averaged 23 points a game last season. Another Doogie Howser, but with basketball skills. (And for the record, NO, Pack is not Sidd Finch, in case all this sounds too good to be true). 

You gain one, you lose one. Pitcher Miguel Mejia signed a free agent deal with a major league team and will not throw a pitch as a Panther. If you remember last season, Mejia was ineligible in his freshman season.


Coach Cog: Good Morning Pete, reading up on your blogs, what's going on with #52 Warthen Sr. DE. LiL cuz working hard and looking good with the few reps he gets in practice.

PP: Artis is competing with just about everyone else on the D-Line for playing time. The depth chart on the D-Line is up for grabs in camp.

FIUPantherFan: Pete, I've been looking for an updated Basketball Roster. WKU recently lost a couple of recruits. Are all our recruits at FIU for the upcoming season?

PP: School starts Monday. Kayvon Lytch and Eric Frederick did not qualify. Antoine Watson is on the bubble. Everyone else made it.

SouthPaw: Hey, Pete, I haven't heard much, if anything, on Reggie Jones. Is he injured? If not, how's he doing? I was expecting he'd be a major factor on our DL this year. Also, are the coaches planning on giving Jonathan Jackson a redshirt this year? Also, what about Kasey Smith? He and Andre Pound apparently looked really good on scout team last year, but I haven't heard anything on him so far this year. Is he in the mix?

PP: Reggie is out there at practice. He just has not stood out yet. JJ with his injured feet might be headed for a redshirt, but it's way too early to start handing out the red on August 24. Who knows maybe JJ will be Dazzlerss ready for the second half of the season. Kasey is coming off knee and shoulder surgery. MC said last week that Kasey is about 4 to 6 weeks away.

Before we get to our poll question, let's finish this post with some beautiful smiles.........................



What was most encouraging about Saturday's scrimmage:


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Thanks for the info, Pete. Good news in the commitment of yet, another Detroit product, in Richaud Pack. Seems to be a shooter/scorer with great GPA....always need the GPA's...

Too bad on both Lytch and Frederick. I hoped we could get at least one of them to come and qualify, as both were considered top talent.


I think Pack played with Dominique Ferguson AAU team. Guess Dominique started recruiting already.

Yes...from the same Team Detroit AAU team...that current FIU assistant coach William Eddie Jr, helped found, and ran it for years....There are two absolute beasts remaining to sign from that team. Both are sons of NCAA D1 coaches at "smaller" schools (Detroit and other that escapes my mind this late)...PG Roy McCallum, and wing Trey Zeigler...

Just about every post I read about a walk-on contributing on plays. Now that FIU is earning its place on the map, this becomes the difference maker. Walk-ons do not usually become the stars of your team, but there are many gems who help round out a team and bring valuable depth.

FIU is in a great position. Usually walk-ons from the talent rich South Florida area can't afford to go live out of town or pay out-of-state tuition. UM isn't an option because that's a campus where you can easily tell who's on scholarship and who isn't. As FIU grows, so will the talent funneling in.

Booo non-qualifying b-ball players

Yayyyyy Golden Dazzlers!!

Ughh... both Erick and KAvon didn't qualify?? This hurts... do we push the panic button for this season? I don't see much depth up front this season...

And losing Miguel is gonna hurt too... no Ebert, no Miguel... who's gonna be that solid third starter start besides Rembisz and Polizanno?

"Booo non-qualifying b-ball players

Yayyyyy Golden Dazzlers!!

Posted by: OC Panther"

Thats exactly what I took away from this posting as well lol

Thanks for the updates Pete, good stuff. You know a great story would be how WC is finding his transition from SEC football to FIU. I would find it very interesting to see how we match up.

p.s. I'd put our Golden Dazzlers up against any other Dance Team in the country Collegiate or Professional.

p.s. I'd put our Golden Dazzlers up against any other Dance Team in the country Collegiate or Professional.

I think our Golden Dazzlers would easily be ranked in the Top 5. lol

Thanks for the update Pete. Mallary is definitely a stud running the football. As long as O-Line is productive our talented RB's will be successful.



Not sure if its been mentioned already but the ending of the GPP video has some pretty good highlights... The same as usual with some new stuff at the end.

McCallum is UCLA bound or KU bound. Zeigler can go wherever he wants. Zeigler is a beast.

Pete, I had heard Tim Hardaway could not get the asst. coach job at FIU due to him not completing his bachelors degree. Is this true? What is the roster of players and coaches of the mens hoops team?

In reference to football, the Alumni Party at the stadium was FANTASTIC! Great excitement. In reference to the practices and scrimmages, how is Kambrill Willis doing?


The Alumni Party was an amazing idea and I have a feeling next year they are going to have to do it outside. Way to go!

Pete and FIU Fans, what do predict the attendance for the Toledo game will be (wild guess)?

I think:
Toledo: 18K
Troy: 10K (sad but true)
Louisiana: 100 people (Its a Noon Game in Miami)
FAU: 15K (Owl fans will help the numbers)

Wouldn't it be nice to see 18K in EVERY HOME GAME!!!

100?? Ohh come on, that is way off base. We gotta get at least 10,000 out there. It's Halloween, market it, make sure there are people giving out free energy drinks and fluids outside of the stadium, get a buzz around that game. 100 people? NEVER.

Toledo? Opening game, enough said. Sold out.

Troy? No way, we gotta do better than 10,000 for a game that big. If I'm not mistaken, that game is being promoted as a "blackout game". We'll have a great crowd.

North Texas? Ehh.. not a crowd pleaser, but it is homecoming, it should be a win. I would say 14,000.

FAU? Sellout. It has to be. Not an option here. THIS is our rivalry. THIS is our payback game. THIS is to show them who is ahead of who in this rivalry now. THIS could have bowl game implications. THIS is too big for an 18K stadium. WE NEED TO SELL OUT THIS GAME.

I agree 100% with Joel. This year is going to be big the hype surrounding FIU and the freshman playing this year is going to draw more people than last year.

i would love to see those type of # Joel... averaging 15K i think would be a big step in fan support... i think if we put up a good showing against bama and rutgers (maybe beat rutgers) we can ride that wave to 15K no doubt

Is anyone else having trouble seeing the video on the FIUsports website, Panther Pass. I can get it to play but it is blurry and skips. I never had this trouble last year. Help please?? thanks

Winning brings fans as CJ suggests. But until we schedule 'cupcakes' of our own we are going to come out of the gates handicapped by this tough schedule.

We are pretty much stuck between a rock and a hard place; do we pay a team to play us so that we can get wins, be bowl eligible and increase attendance. Or do we go into the heart of the top-10 and pull down $800 - $1 million pay days? USF plays Wofford, WKU and Charleston South. to start their season. What do you think our record would be against those three teams?

If you're looking at $$'s and cents the choice is obvious. If you're looking at how the team is perceived, you might have a different opinion.

I hope Joel is right about the numbers. If you are then its going to be one crazy season. The only reason I put my numbers lower is beacuse I come to each game thinking we will have at least 12K in the stadium and it turns out we have half of that.. But I do agree that this years attendance will be way bigger then before. I just hope we avg more then 10K per game.. With 2 sold out games!

USF also plays teams in the Big East that are at least relevant. We play in the SBC which is the worst conference in 1A. Of course our OOC schedule is tough, our conference schedule is against everyone else's OOC "creampuffs". That's the brutal truth.

What FIU needs to do is win out in conference consistently and win a couple of these OOC games (Toledo and Rutgers this season) to move up in football (and continue scheduling 1 and 1s with these teams).

Fans are just not going to come out to watch no name teams. Just look across the road to UM. They can't fill their games against teams that are at least better known than ULM, ULL, etc but are still the likes of Duke, UNC, etc. Shoot, the dolphins and heat can't even get people out to watch middle of the road competition. FIU faces the same problems as every other sports franchise down here - fickle fanbase. Let's be honest, which game do you think most of our fans are most excited to see this season (besides the opener)? I'd put my money on UF, and it's not even in our house.

I dont agree, FIU X. I think we will see a big number growth in attendance due to the 5 win season last year. If you were at the Alumni Preview, you know there is a lot more excitement for FIU football than ever before.

Many of my hard core UM fans have asked to go to a game this year.

I think FIU HAS to fill out their seats by implementing the Bring a Friend deal they did last year along with some creative ideas to get people to tail gate. The tail-gating at FIU sure beats tail-gating at horrible Pro Player stadium, in my opinion.

In any case, there should never be empty seats. They should always find a way to fill that place up. Giving tickets to high schools, employees, promotions etc.

MAJOR drama going down at UM right now, their two top QB backups have requested transfer and are packing their bags as we spoke. Harris' backup has ZERO experience, if Harris goes down, UM will be in an even deeper hole.

Why would TWO TOP QB talents LEAVE two weeks before the season starts!? These actions further support the state of UM football...first the locker room fight now this.

Crazy Cane we want an explanation! jaja

I WAS at the alumni preview, and while it was a nice event and drew very well, there were what, maybe 500 people there? For an alumni base as large as ours, that's completely unacceptable. And your last paragraph nailed it to a T. The fact that we need to find ways to fill that place up is exactly what I'm alluding to. We shouldn't have to resort to things like bring a friend, giving away tickets, but we do due to the fickleness of the fanbase down here. Yes I agree there is more excitement this year, but that's in comparison to absolutely no following the previous years outside the die hards and family/friends of the program. I understand this takes time and effort to build but I still stick to my points in my previous post.

not that I care about the program on the other side of town all that much but be logical; those kids left because they probably had no chance in hell in starting the next 2 seasons. Like any good player that feels their worth is being overlooked, they're going to transfer to a school where they can play and hopefully shine. Same reason WC came to FIU.

Great news that FIU will play North Carolina next year in basketball. Hopefully we can play a competitive game.


Got to agree with FIU X. If you guys couldn't sell out a home opener/stadium inauguration against a good team like USF, I wouldn't expect too much of it this year. Knowing the Miami areas fickle fanbase you would think some of you would curb your enthusiasm just a bit. ealistic goals are easier to attain.

Everything I've read says that FIU doesn't want to play UNC. Apparently, they didn't read the contract close enough:



I think that the transfer of the two QBs for UM will have a adverse effect on us recruiting a quality local QB, because there is now space on the depth chart for two more QBs.

Will be interesting for prospects like Godfrey commit to now

Fiu x people like u drag fiu football please stay home ur the type that goes to the game solo - bring a friend and watch that stadi get packed this year

FIU ALL OVER front pages once again...cnn.com, espn.com, CNNSI.com....WE TAKIN' OVER BABY!

I would rather play Ohio State though, UNC that's a lost cause for this season.

Was watching Sportscenter today, and they were doing a SEC conference preview. The topic of "most dangerous out of conference game" came up. They mentioned Florida, and how this "team" comes from a disrespected conference. I immediately got ahead of myself and thought "my god are they going to argue that FIU vs UF is the SEC's most dangerous out of conference game?!" They revealed Troy, one of the dudes thinks Troy actually has a very decent chance of upsetting UF.

Troy is getting some MAJOR props across the media. Hopefully they do well, but we steal the conference title with an Oct. 17th win.

I'm actually more excited for the home game versus Troy than any other home game, Toledo included.

I agree i want to bury Troy this year.

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