There might be some more mixing and matching along the FIU offensive line this Saturday against ULM.
Freshman Dave Istanich started at right tackle and alternated with senior Joe Alajajian.
"David did a nice job and has earned himself some playing time," MC said. "Then Joe got in there and did a nice job as well. Kind of like with a wide receiver or a quarterback, if a guy gets hot you want to leave him in there. They were blocking well. The offensive line was jelling. Overall, they were blocking well."
Although right guard Cedric Mack was elevated to co-starter with Luis Abril on the depth chart, he did not play Saturday.
Instead it was another junior college transfer that stood out against Toledo.
"[Mack] has to get better," MC said. "The bottom line is we need offensive linemen to step up. If he steps up enough, he will play. Just like the last game when [Kevin] Van Kirk stepped up, Van Kirk played. It will always be based on reality, that’s why we don’t delve into all the nonsense. Van Kirk has been playing well. Cedric Mack obviously was a well-publicized player coming in, but he needs to get in shape and he needs to be better for him to play. Van Kirk did a real good job. He’s going to see a lot of action this week."
In case you missed it in yesterday's paper, safety Ash Parker is out for the season for the second consecutive year with the same knee tear. AP is a redshirt junior so he does have one more season of eligibility.
Kreg Brown is slated to start in his place, but you might see plenty of rotation back there depending on whose play stands out.
Tight end Eric Kirchenberg is out 3 to 4 weeks with an abdominal/groin strain. Good thing there is depth at the position with DLP, Jonathan Faucher and Colt Anderson.
Receiver Marquis Rolle is out a couple of weeks with bone bruise on his knee.