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O-Line Tweaks

   There might be some more mixing and matching along the FIU offensive line this Saturday against ULM.

   The offensive line play improved somewhat in last week's game against Toledo. After a little tweaking,


the Panthers line helped the running game rush for 148 yards. 

   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."

   Van Kirk, a junior, transferred to FIU from Santa Rosa College after being an All-Broward County

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lineman at Plantation American Heritage High (MH photo, left).

   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.


The FIU/ULM game is blacked out, but been told Sports Grill is working on getting the game on anyhow. As soon I get an answer about the game's availability I will post it on here for you.


What is the most important key to Saturday's FIU/ULM game. The thought here is the Panthers have to score early to spring the upset against the much improved Warhawks, because FIU cannot keep trying to come back in the second half. That's too much to keep asking of the D. Here are some other choices. Pick one and tell us why.



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