LB Toronto Smith was absent from practice for personal reasons. Cristobal expects him to be back in a few days.DL Jason Fitch apparently passed his physical clearance and was practicing with the defensive line.
Walk-on freshman running back Croswell Paige was wearing the orange injury jersey after twisting his ankle.
LB Pooh Bear Mars (right) was also in the orange jersey. Mars was wearing an elastic resistance band that was strapped between his ankles. Strength coach Roderick Moore had Mars doing knee extensions while he walked to build his lower body strength. Moore took the exercise one step further when he had Croswell Paige jump into a grocery shopping cart to be pushed around the sidelines by Mars.
A little on what I saw during the time I was allowed to watch practice.
The running backs were working on agility and catching. QBs were working on pocket presence and accuracy. LB were working on shedding blocks. The d-line was dropping to the ground working on fumble drills. O-line was working on blocking. WR where catching passes and working on getting free from CBs on the line of scrimmage.
OC Scott Satterfield
Satterfield, a 13-year coaching veteran, comes to FIU after spending last season as the passing game coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Toledo. Before Toledo, Satterfield worked 12 years at his alma mater Appalachian State in North Carolina. Satterfield was the QB coach at Appalachian State during the 2007 season when the Mountaineers upset Michigan.
"Our skill players. We have a very talented core of receivers," Satterfield said. "I'm really excited about our running backs with [Jeremiah] Harden now who is a big threat. Our skill set players are our strength but our o-line and our quarterbacks are coming along."
On T.Y. Hilton
"Really explosive player. He caught a couple balls and turned it up field. You can see his explosiveness," Satterfield said. Satterfield also mentioned that T.Y. was dealing with a "nagging muscle injury," during the summer but is healthy and ready to play.
On deciding who will be the starting QB
"Nothing is guaranteed for anybody at any position. The competition that is going on between them is going to make both of them the best player they can be. We are going to chart ever practice, going to see who is completing the most balls and who is making the right decisions in the running game. I told them, 'I don't care who it is, I'm going to go to the best player on the field to make plays'."
Coming to FIU
"Everybody has been great. We have a great coaching staff here. The guys have been working their tails off."
FIU training video FIUrage posted on a previous blog entry.