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Straight From The Quarterback/Electrical Engineer's Mouth

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Two days until the home opener and you wanted to know how your Panthers quarterback is doing. Well, let Paul McCall, FIU quarterback/electrical engineer grad student, himself  tell you as he said during Wednesday morning's press conference at the FIU fieldhouse....

"I’m feeling good. I’m ready to go for Saturday. It’s just a bruise from what the athletic training staff tells me so we’re just bracing it up for prevention. Nonetheless, my arm and my mind are what keep me in games so I’m really worried about that and long as that is going to be able to go for Saturday we should be all right on offense."

On the hit at Rutgers: 

"It was just awkward getting hit like that. I’ve taken much harder hits from a lot bigger guys. It’s just the way I got hit, I kind of tweaked it a little, but nonetheless it’s just a bruise. It feels real good now. It’s strong, it’s stable and it’s going to be ready to go for Saturday."

PMC has made all the throws in practice this week and taken all the first team reps. While Wayne Younger, who is working through a non-throwing shoulder bruise, has taken all the 2nd team snaps.

There could be some offensive line changes in store for Saturday. The depth chart was released today and

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keeping in mind that depth charts are fluid, it has Dave Istanich listed as the starting right tackle with Joe Alajajian backing him up.

Asked MC about Istanich's performance against Rutgers and here's what the FIU coach had to say:

"For a guy that is a true freshman, playing right tackle in a setting like that against a big-time opponent, he did a heck of a job. We expect him to be a great player for us. He battled. He was sharp mentally. No complaints there."

The other change along the O-line on the depth chart is at left guard where Cedric Mack (right) is now listed as a co-starter with Luis Abril. The official left guard starter listing is: Cedric Mack or Luis Abril.

There also could be other changes along the line that are not on the depth chart.

"You’ll see some absolutely," MC said. "We’re going to play guys who want to battle to the point of passing out. That’s what it takes to be a great offensive lineman. We’ve got several young guys that have placed themselves in position to compete for playing time and you have guys like Andy Leavine, who have done well and improved his

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game."

Safety Jeremiah Weatherspoon (left) has been with the first team D all week and is moving just fine after his hamstring injury against Alabama. JW traveled to Rutgers last week, put on the uniform and warmed up on the Rutgers Stadium field, but did not feel 100 percent. He is ready to go this week.

MC says Ash Parker is questionable this week after only doing light reps in practice.

As far as tight end Dudley LaPorte, MC says he will know more about his status later in the week.

 

 

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