Back for some more 7-on-7s the other morning and got to see some of the newer Panthers make some plays.
Linebacker Winston Fraser looks 100 percent after battling some injuries the last couple of seasons. And to prove it, No. 34 stuck with Darian Mallary on a long pass play preventing Oooh from making the catch. WF (right) also was active in defending the running game.
A couple of veterans made some tough catches in traffic: Greg Ellingson reached down low to snare a ball with a defender draped on him. Junior Mertile beat two defenders across the middle to the ball. Junior then made an over the shoulder catch.
One guy that looks like he can make an impact this season is linebacker Kenny Dillard. Not only physically -- because KD's gains in the weight room are noticeable -- but in what is expected to be one of the more competitive positions on the team.
Remember, Dillard (left) led Dade County -- where dam good high school football is played -- in tackles his senior season at Northwestern.
KD had Glen Coleman covered like a blanket in pass coverage and from seeing Coleman's elusiveness a few times now -- that is not an easy task.
Freshman linebacker Greg Hickman had a day as huge as his physique the other day. At 6-1, 270, Hickman has the physical tools to play right now. Whether, he gets the playing time will be decided in camp when everyone is battling for a playing spot.
GH picked off 2 passes -- intercepting both Wesley Carroll and Wayne Younger.
On the WC INT, GH scooped a low pass in the middle of the field. On the WY INT, GH returned it 52 yards for a TD.
Back to Coleman, like Willis Wright, GC has good size for a receiver at 6-2, 205. In the 7-on-7s, the freshmen do not have jersey numbers, because they won't be assigned until camp.
However, on one play GC borrowed No. 4 from Goodbye and of course, his teammates let him know what number he was wearing, yelling out "Little T.Y.". A little ironic, because at 6-2 GC is not little.
Anyway, GC donned No. 4 and on the first play -- yes, you guessed it -- GC makes a catch down the middle of the field for 21 yards.
Tourek Williams's motor has not slowed from last season. He sacked quick WY.
Defensive backs Antwoine Bell and Terrance Taylor broke up a jump ball for Jonathan Faucher.
Senior Ty Frierson showed some sticky hands on a fastball from WY. Frierson had two defenders around him when WY slipped the ball in there.
We all have seen how fast and shifty WY is when he takes off with the ball -- such as the game-winning TD run vs. North Texas. However, on this particular play WY could not shake Anthony Gaitor. WY made a slick move that shook me out of my shoes on the sideline, but Gaitor didn't bite and tagged him for the stop.
Dez Johnson, granted a medical redshirt for last season, played some nice pass D toward the end of the session.
At 5-10, 285 pounds, Jerricho Lee (left) is built like a tank and at first glance I will admit I didn't think he had the quickness to catch someone in the backfield, but he certainly would be an asset in run D.
Jerricho proved me wrong at the end of the workout by chasing down WY, who is probably one of the 3 or 4 fastest players on the team. My apologies, Jerricho, I will not make that mistake again.
Whoever said football was not an international game? In the last poll question asking where would FIU football finish in the Sun Belt this season, responses came in from: Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; Caracas, Venezuela; Goiania, Brazil; Brighton, Unitred Kingdom; Madrid, Spain, Tokyo, Japan and the 2 newest readers to join the GPP: a reader in Burkina Faso in Africa and a reader from George Town in the Cayman Islands.
Time to update the scorecard:
The GPP is now read in: 46 STATES: ALAB, ALASKA, ARI, ARK, CA, COL, CT, DEL, FLA, GA, HI, IDAHO, IL, IND, IOWA, KAN, KY, LA, MASS, MD, MICH, MIN, MISS, MISSOURI, MON, NEB, NEV, NJ, NM, NY, NC, ND, OH, OK, ORE, PA, RI, SC, TEN, TEX, UTAH, VA, VER, WASH, WEST VA., WISC.
42 COUNTRIES: Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Canada, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Dominican Republic, France, Gabon, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Lebanon, Mexico, Netherlands, Netherlands Antilles, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Oman, Panama, Peru, Scotland, Serbia, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, U.S.A., Venezuela, Vietnam.
1 DISTRICT: Washington, D.C. and 2 TERRITORIES: Cayman Islands, Puerto Rico.