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Thursday's Practice: Big D and Little Big D

Your Panthers wore shoulder pads in Thursday morning's practice and on first impression the FIU DDmallary seems to be ahead of the O during team drills on Thursday.

There is certainly more speed on the FIU D this season, but a couple of the veteran defenders were the first ones to deliver the hits on Thursday.

Linebackers Scott Bryant and Toronto Smith stuffed a running play during team drills. Armond Willis and redshirt freshman Andre Pound followed it with a sack.

Before the defense could beat their chests, Little Big D -- freshman Darian Mallary (right, thanks Roy Viera photo) weaved through the defense for a 77-yard run until being knocked out of bounds inside the D's 10-yard line. The quickness that DM has shown running inside and outside in the first week of camp has been impressive. And on Thursday, when there was tackle football being practiced, no one got a hand on DM until 77 yards later.

The defense got back on track with Tyler Clawson intercepting walk-on Chris Schirripa.

Freshman Tourek Williams, whom MC has described before as "an absolute beast" showed why bursting through the O-line to make a stop in the backfield on a running play. It was one of several tackles for loss for the FIU D on Thursday. The D showed the quickness similar to what the Killer B's FIU D had when they finished No. 1 in the nation in tackles for loss in 2005.

The D had 2 INTs (Clawson and Markeith Russell) on Thursday but could have had a lot more and some of them would have been Pick 6s. Chuck Grace had a clear path to the end zone on one pass, but could not corral the INT. Same with Kenny Dillard. Jeremiah Weatherspoon couldn't secure an INT in the Munera middle of the field.

Marquis Rolle continued his good work, catching a high and outside fastball from Paul McCall. Turtle might want to see if PMC would like to come out of the bullpen next spring. Rolle also caught and held on to a pass after a big hit from Dez Johnson.

Aaron Davis was active in the offensive backfield making stops on a couple of runs.

In case anyone was wondering, there is absolutely nothing wrong with punter Carlos Munera's leg (left, thanks Roy Viera photo). CM booted 50 and 60-yard punts today during special teams work.

No. 4

Linebacker Winston Fraser had a picnic in the offensive backfield making running back sandwiches onJwilliams three different plays Thursday.

Along the D-Line, Jarvis Wilson had a sack and Thatcher Starling blasted through the O-Line and batted down a pass.

Freshman Jairus Williams (right, thanks Roy Viera photo), who had his ups and downs catching the ball earlier this week, is getting better and better with each passing practice. JW ran a nice route and stretched out to catch a PMC pass for 25 yards near the end of practice.

The Panthers will go to full gear on Friday after practicing with only shoulder pads on Thursday. You are down to 3 chances to see your Panthers until Aug. 22's scrimmage. Friday's practice is at 8:30 a.m. Saturday is a two-a-day at 8 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.


Apaw Spoke to Justin Francis Ford Coppola today and told him the natives are gettingTownspeople restless about the videos from media day and of the fieldhouse tour. He says he should have both videos on-line at some point on Friday. Unfortunately, JFFC has plenty of other videos to do besides FIU. He's going around high school football in Dade and Broward and over to Coral Gables and filming those teams as well.


LonePanther: Pete, What or who has impressed you the most during the practices you've been seeing?

PP: In the first four days, the young receivers have shown that they have the abilities to follow in No. 4's footsteps. Junior Mertile has also looked good. He is going to have a big year. If Darian Mallary gets any kind of opening, he will be FIU's No. 2 back. On defense, Winston Fraser (left) and Aaron Davis are going to Wf have an impact this season. Toronto Smith is 100 percent healthy and he's shown it. Markeith Russell and Kenny Dillard have that 305 football instinct. Kambriel Willis is the same size as El Monstruo, just not the same height, but KW will be very good.

FIUFloridaPower&Light: Pete can you get some interviews with the Freshmen to see what they think of College Football, FIU so far?

PP: Sure. Will get those on here.




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Can you post an image of TY Hilton's FIU billboard? Where is it up?

Is up somewhere?

Man, I'll willing to donate for a billboard on I-95 of that is split into three parts - Coach Isiah Thomas, Coach Turtle Thomas, and Coach Mario Cristobal.

Maybe if someone on here knows of prices for a month's worth, and us here on the blog give some input, we can make it happen.

The D has always been ahead of O. It's not surprising, but I wonder how much more ahead they are.

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.

Quijote, there is one off of the Palmetto on the Okeechobee road exit.

You can check out an image of the billboard here:


You guys are going to love this...

Coach Cristobal's invite:


thanx max

the video is good.. i just had problems w/ MC's part ... but the video after is gread

That was GREAT!!! Ahh this season can't come soon enough!!!

Great news about the D-Fence!!! can't wait for football season to start!!! love the Video too...GO FIU!

this should make up for the MH media day issue

Thanks for the info, Pete!!! You know, during Spring game it was evident the defense dominated the offense as well. Hopefully, we will get to see the expected improvement in our offensive unit....unless that means that our defense has improved dramatically?

Video is just AWESOME!! Can't wait for FIU Football, guys!!

FIU "FPL"...that's a great idea of having the 3 coaches we are mostly pushing forward the Athletics Department of FIU....A commitment to excellence...

Is anyone here going to the am practice Saturday?


Awesome video!! Loved it, thanks Rage!!

thanks FIU rage!!


Lets get this rolling.

Is anyone here going to the am practice Saturday?


Posted by: FIURage | August 14, 2009 at 02:46 PM

I'll be going tomorrow to am practice. GO FIU!!!

ill prob be goin tom morning

The videos are up and running on fiusports.com....but no footage of the fieldhouse...what's up with that???

hey CJ or FIUJM keep an eye on #86 and let me know how he does.....thanks wishin i could be there...proud mom! GO FIU!

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