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Tuesday's Spring Practice

   The first scrimmage of the spring will be Friday at 3:30 at FIU Stadium and like all spring practices thus far is open to the public.Ty

   Had a chance to check out Tuesday’s practice and here are some of the highlights.




   Saw some deep passing by the Panthers quarterbacks and several of the completions went for long touchdowns.

   Wayne Younger found T.Y. Hilton (right, thanks Alex J. Hernandez photo) in between two defenders for a long gain down the middle.

   On the previous play, Goodbye beat one defender and finished the play by proclaiming: “If you get beat deep, take a seat.”

   WY connected on a couple of more long passes – both to Greg Ellingson. The second pass went for a touchdown.

   Wesley Carroll also was successful with the deep passes. WC connected with tight end Joey Harris down the middle for 6.

   Carroll then found Jacob Younger for a 70-yard touchdown in which the pass went about 60 yards and Younger jogged in the last 10 yards for 6.

   Jacob Younger picked up another touchdown shortly thereafter. On another play, Younger made a one-handed catch in the end zone off a deflected pass.

   Tight end Jonathan Faucher caught a touchdown pass from WC in between two defenders.

   Both quarterbacks were threading the needle Tuesday.




   New defensive back Marquis Rolle looks comfortable at his new position. MR picked off a pass and returned it down the sideline for a touchdown.

   Walk-on defensive back Jose Cheseborough, one of the stars of last year’s scout bowl, also had a pick Poohbear 6.

   Pooh Bear Mars (left, thanks Roy Viera photo) – who seems to have an increased role on D this spring – batted down a pass in the end zone.

   Apparently, defensive lineman James Jones is doing just fine after a couple of surgeries last season. JJ broke through the FIU O-line, reached WY and deflected WY’s pass.




   Later in the afternoon, Goodbye was at it again.

   This time hooking up with WC on a 45-yard completion down the middle.

   Next time you’re out at practice, check out the newly buffed Goodbye – now a legitimate 175 pounds. Wayne Times also made a home in the gym in the offseason too.

   New punter Josh Brisk got off couple of 60-yard punts with no wind in play.




   Near the end of Tuesday’s practice it got physical.

   Safety Jonathan Cyprien had a couple of big hits on consecutive plays.Dp

   First, Cyp knocked running back Darriet Perry’s helmet around as oooohs came from the rest of the team. But DP (right, thanks AJH photo) won that battle, because he picked up 6 yards on the defense.

   Cyp then hit Times on an incompletion across the middle.

   A noticeably bigger Tourek Williams recorded a sack during team drills.

   However, from there on out, the FIU offensive line and running backs dominated the rest of the practice.

   Jeremiah Harden is not a prototypical big back, but it seems every time he carries the ball he moves the pile.

   On consecutive runs, JH ran straight into the collision of O-line and D-line bodies and appeared buried, but JH just kept churning his legs and picked 7 yards on the first carry and 6 yards on the next run.

   A slimmer looking DP also moved the chains on the ground picking up 6 and 4 yards on two straight Mert runs.

   Of course, you knew Goodbye would make another play before practice ended. Showing that his knee is just fine, No. 4 caught a mid-range pass from WY and faked a defender out of his shoes and went for 6.

   The two former St. Thomas Aquinas High teammates finished practice with nifty plays.

   JH ripped off a 19-yard run, in which he stiff armed a defender to the ground.

   WC, being chased by two defenders, rolled left and faked like he was going out of bounds, but instead found Junior Mertile (left, thanks RV photo) downfield for 30 yards.

   Will have highlights from Friday’s scrimmage on here Saturday.




How about freshman Jabari Henry with 2 HRs and 7 RBI on Wednesday in FIU's 18-14 baseball/football win over Boston College. The ball springs off his bat like a racquetball.


 If you haven't had the chance to see this freshman play, you got 3 opportunities this weekendJhenry Henry     when FIU hosts Rutgers for a 3-game series starting Friday at 7 p.m. Will have the first two games of the series on LIVE BLOG here. Got the Marlins on Sunday, so no live blog on that day. Thanks to Victoria Lynch for the two JH photos.






danny ryan: Pete whats Schirippa's status as far as playing time he looks good also ? good arm.. What type of injury does Mallory have ?


PP: With Wesley Carroll and Wayne Younger both having solid springs, Schirripa still is the No. 3. Mallary had shoulder surgery and will be back in the fall.




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Thanks for all the information on how Spring Football is going, Pete.

good stuff... gonna try and make it out to practice tomorrow. anybody else going to be out there?

Im gonna try to make it out there. Wanna WC for myself.

Go Joey #86!!!! Can't wait for the Spring Game...

saving all for the spring game because of work..bring the cooler, and the greenlizards in name of the MAD DOG

Pete you're great and your blogs are highly anticipated but i can't help feeling like i don't want to hear about the progress anymore until we win. WIN. WIN. W I N! Like many, been hearing this for years, just want to see real progress this season in the win/loss column. I think I'm not alone and I think FIU football is at a crossroad this season with many fans if it's yet another disappointing season. I say this in the hopes of building pressure and a sense of urgency on the program to win now, no more building, at some point the building is done and you have to own it. Now, own it FIU football. Own it.

Dude - Then check back on September 12th if you're only interested in "WINS," we still have over 5 months until kickoff...

Pete - keep feeding us updates on player development, impact of Collins and Satterfield as well as gains in the weight room. I've personally seen a few guys get significantly bigger since December...


can you give us a break down of the staff ? or will MC not allow it?

WY and accuracy have never gone together well... im eager to see how he is improving...

I think the time ha come for Baseball and football to put more "W's" ont the score board then in the pass.

Baseball: Anything over 35 wins (very possible) and making it to the Championship game int he Sunbelt will be a GREAT season. Anything more then that is browine points..

Football: A 6-6 season (i know it sound crapy) would be a very nice jump. But a 7-5 season and a bowl game would be unbelievable..

Basketball: This is the team I can't wait to see next year. Will finish among the Top 3 in the conference and should make it to the Semi's in the Sunbelt. No Big Dance until 2012..

Note: I have to agree with CJ about WY.. The kid has a gun for an arm but accuracy is way below average.. I hope there has been imporvement becuase we can use him for the Wild Panther and any Option play..
Go FIU!!

Gooch7 - I am not saying it is impossible... but where are you seeing 6 wins next yr in football? Any way I look at the schedule I see 4 - 5 tops. Please explain.

I think Pete would agree that 5-7 would be considered a succesful season considering how poorly we did last year. I think it's a relistic goal and drastic improvement considering our schedule.

I'll be at tonights game with my wife. Hope the weather holds up. Hoping we can bring out the brooms on Sunday against Rutgers. GO FIU!!!!!

I kind of agree with FIUer about wanting to hear about wins. Every spring and summer we hear great things about the players, but when the season rolls around nothing much happens.

Although, I believe this year is different because we have a good QB, great receivers and a stable of RB's. Our Defense is my greatest concern. If our offense is potent and can put up 28 or 35 points a game, then our D has little more leway. We'll see...

Pete, I know it's early, but what are the biggest differences that strike you (if any) from last years and this years coordinators? How are the players responding?

I can't help but have terrible flashbacks of spring practices from last year. Pete was reporting on how our O-Line was breaking through with big run by oooooh and DP. Needless to say, we had high expectations that were only fueled by spring practices. It was only a precursor to how poorly our D would perform during the season.

Now we're getting news of how our QB's are hitting on all cylinders with the long ball. Yes, including WY. I don't know whether to be encouraged or petrified.

To answer the question about getting 6 wins next year...

I honestly think for once the "Home" Games can make a big difference. This year we will have 6 Games played in Miami (first time ever). This is how I look at it 6months before kick-off..

Non-Conference Games:
Texas A&M= Lose (I hope its a good game)

Rudgers= Win (Its going to take an amazing game but defenatly not impossible).

Pitt= Lose (this one might get ugly).

Coference Games:
Troy= Lose (best thing is that its an away game and not a lose at Home)

UNT= Win (We should win even though its away)

Lafayette= Lose (Its not a good team, but they do what it takes to always beat us)

Monroe= Win (Its going to take another great game but Monroe is not as good as they use to be 3 or 4 years ago)

WKU= Win (weakest team in the Belt..)

ASU= Win (It would suck to lose this one at Home!)

Middle= Lost (Way to good at this point)

FAU= Win (It just needs to happen that all)

Note: Keep in mind (this goes for all the FIU Haters that love FIU) Im pedicting something that is NOT going to occure for another 6 months so there is 10,000 things that can happen (good or bad) before then.. I wish I can say 7-5 and a Bowl Game but I just dont see that. Regardless My two son's, wife and my self will be there screaming a yelling for 60min..

Go Golden Panthers

Gooch - You left out the away game against Maryland which I would predict as a loss, but of course I would also predict Rutgers as a loss. Do you think Maryland on the road is a win? If so then you get to 7-5, otherwise its back to 6-6.

Im thinking 5-7, with the additional loss being Rutgers.

Rutgers - Tough one, but likely a W
Texas A&M - Loss
Maryland - Loss
Pitt - Loss

If we go 1-3, I'd be thrilled and I would be ecstatic with a 2-2 start, although I don't see that happening unless we beat Texas A&M. Even Rutgers appears to be a difficult win, but I'm hoping we can capitalize on last year's energy in the last few minutes of the game. That and the fact that it's a home game and we have an awesome arsenal at QB and WRs and I think we can pull the upset.

I'm expecting a 4-4 performance against the rest of our opponents for a final record of 5-7, possibly a 6-6 record, although that looks to be really difficult at this point. No way do we go 7-5, but anything can happen if we catch a few of our opponents asleep at the wheel.

If we can get 5 wins, that's enough for me considering our schedule. Anything less would be disappointing.

dont know where your coming from, but in my opinion we have a better shot of beating maryland than texas A&M. Think your underestimating texas am

So, I just got home and there was some popcorn on my table in bowl. I started eating it and man it was good!!! It was white cheese flavored.

I wipe my fingers after getting cheese all over them and I look in the trash and I see a big red bag that says "Dale and Thomas Popcorn". I was eating Isiah Thomas' popcorn. Wow! It was sooo good. Pick up a bag. Apparently, this bag was bought at Walgreens.

You're right FIURE, Maryland's the doormat of the ACC, although Texas A&M didn't exactly take the Big 12 by storm last year. In any case, I think we have a better chance against Maryland, but still not an easy win.

Just to follow up on Maryland. Lets not forget that we have come oh so close to beating them twice. 2006 was a really painful and close loss, but 2007 was bad too.

We might be able to win that game next year. We'll see.

Out of the four teams in our OOC, I can see us getting wins against Rutgers and Maryland. If Richmond could beat Maryland last year then so can we.

Hey CrazyCane, how about your UM boys losing to BC? I guess you have to say they lost to a bad team too huh? haha

Pete, can you give us an update on Edgar Theliar and Derrick Clark? Is either eligible this Spring? Either expected for Fall?

FIUBaseball - yes. And if you recall... I said I would.

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