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Tuesday's Practice: Pinpoint Paul; JUCO DBs INTs

On Wednesday, it will mark 30 days from the season opener at Alabama on Sept. 12.

Still plenty of work and position battles to sort out for your Panthers before then, but on Tuesday your starting quarterback had a good day and some new JUCO defensive backs made a push for someAg playing time.

One of the first plays of Tuesday's practice saw No. 4 meetKryp his kryptonite.

No. 4 went for a long pass, but No. 7 (far right, thanks Roy Viera photo) was like velcro on No. 4 and never gave No. 4 a chance to catch the pass. No flags, no pass interference.

Of course, No. 7 let No. 4 know about it all the way back to the line of scrimmage.

Darian Mallary continued his good work with another solid run during team drills.

Your FIU starting quarterback had a big day. Paul McCall (below, left, thanks RV photo) hit Junior Mertile with a long pass. Then PMC hit freshman Jairus Williams with a 65-yard bomba for a TD.

Williams also made a nice sideline catch on a Wayne Younger pass and kept one foot in bounds.

PMC then got the tight ends involved finding Jonathan Faucher for 30 yards and then Eric Kirchenberg for Pmc a 20-yard completion.

JUCO All-American Jarrell McGee picked off his first pass of camp. See, I told you there was a Jarrell on the roster, only he showed up one year later and his last name is not Lamb.

Emmanuel Souarin and Antwoine Bell were draped all over Junior on a deep pass and denied Mertile. No flags would have been thrown -- good clean defensive coverage.

There was a Younger to Younger connection on a sideline pass. Wayne found his cousin, receiver Jacob Younger. And for you Family Guy fans, there is no Gumbel to Gumbel (below, right) connection on the FIU team.

Yesterday, Rupert Bryan was working with the 1st team O-Line, Stephen Bailey worked with the 1st team O-Line on Tuesday as Joe Alajajian sat out with cramps.

There were several Panthers cramping on Tuesday. And for FIUPIKE, one of them was Jeremiah and heG2g is not hurt.

FIU play-by-play radio dude Jeremy Marks-Peltz had a chance to redeem himself Tuesday after dropping a Wayne Younger pass on Monday. However, JMP did not attempt to catch a Junior Delpe sideline pass on Tuesday. Good thing, JMP has no eligibility left.

On the defensive line, Kambriel "Whatcha Talkin' bout" Willis had a good day. KW and Joey Harris teamed on a sack. (There is no hitting going on right now, so it was the equivalent of a flag football sack -- touching the QB, but still the sack would have happened in tackle football).

KW then with Markeith Russell snuffed out a screen pass that went for 0 yards.

Tyler Clawson batted down a pass. Winston Fraser played good pass D, but couldn't hold on to an INT. Peter Riley played good pass D as well.

Times Wayne Times (left, thanks RV photo) caught a short pass from Wesley Carroll over the middle and turned it into a 75-yard TD.

The second JUCO transfer INT came from junior Quentin Wyche (a Daytona State transfer). Sophomore DB George Palmer picked off a pass too.

Freshman Derrick Jones had a clear path to the end zone for 6, but dropped the INT.

And Greg Ellingson made a tough sideline catch look routine when he went up for a pass and came down with the ball and one foot in bounds for a 1st down.

It's media day on Wednesday at FIU and the Herald will be sending their video department to put togetherChrm an FIU football preview video and include a video tour of fieldhouse.

I asked if the FIU Witches (right) could anchor the video, because they are certainly more photogenic than the guy in the black t-shirt below on the left. (Thanks to AP for photo).

However, I haven't heard back from the MH -- probably not a good sign. Either Me way, check back here at some point Wednesday.


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