With a deeper corps of running backs, a former All-SEC freshman quarterback and a slew of speedy, athletic receivers and tight ends, it seems FIU should be scoring plenty of points.
However, that will largely depend on the play of the offensive line. Let's take a closer look at the big bodies whose blocking will determine how successful the Panthers are with the ball.
We're a shade more than a week away from NSD: your OFFICIAL NATIONAL SIGNING DAY COUNTDOWN stands at: 8 DAYS
For the fourth consecutive season, center Brad Serini (above. left, thanks Alex J. Hernandez photo) will anchor the line. Besides Serini, there is only one other senior on the line: Cedric Mack.
So in other words, FIU is going to need the underclassmen to develop quickly and have an impact on the line. It will be interesting to see what effect the change in O-line coaches has on the unit as Alex Mirabal takes over coaching line duties.
Sophomores Dave Istanich (right) and Rupert Bryan should have the inside track to starting jobs when spring practice starts the week before spring break. Both DI and RB held their own last season when they earned playing time after some initial struggles by the line.
Among the other returning linemen, Chris Cawthon is someone to keep an eye on. Before Cawthon went down with a knee injury at North Texas in 2008, he was playing really well. Last season, he spent it on the scout team working his way back. Sophomore Kenny White is a linemen that coaches have praised and could get into the mix this season.
As of this post, the 2 FIU O-line commits have the size to contribute immediately, whether their technique is at the college level is something we'll find out come August when fall camp begins.
David Delsoin (6-6, 280 pounds) and Ceedrick Davis (6-3, 300) are two very nice additions to the Panthers line and there could be 1 or 2 more O-line commits before NSD. Stay tuned.
$.03 for 2010: Make no bones about it, FIU's offensive success in 2010 and every year starts with the offensive line. For all the potential that the Panthers offense has, it will not amount to much if Wesley Carroll does not have time to throw and the FIU backs don't have to holes to run through. Just like the FIU offensive skill players, there is plenty of potential and talent on the O-line, but the Panthers offensive front has to put it together. Do not be surprised if Delsoin or Davis grab playing time or a starting job in 2010.
Next up on the Recruiting Prowl: Quarterbacks
With the additions of new commits WR Glenn Coleman and DE Bryan Robinson in the last couple of days, the FIU 2010 Oral Commitment list looks like this now:
P Josh Brisk: 6-0/185
WR Glenn Coleman: 6-2/200
OL Ceedrick Davis: 6-3/300
OL David Delsoin: 6-6/275
DL Isame Facime: 6-4/255
S Justin Halley: 6-2/181
RB Jeremiah Harden 5-9/195
LB Greg Hickman: 6-1/255
DL Wade Isaac: 6-2/245
DL Jeremy Jermin: 6-3/285
DB Richard Leonard: 5-8/160
DB Khambrel McGee: 5-9/165
QB Jake Medlock: 6-3/220
DB Sam Miller: 5-10/175
RB Kedrick Rhodes: 5-10/185
DL Bryan Robinson, 6-4/220
LB Caleb Vincent: 6-2/225
DL Jordan White: 6-3/320
S Randy Williams: 6-1/195
WR Mitch Wozniak: 6-4/190