Hey everyone, Monday practice was delayed for about 30 minutes due to a nasty thunderstorm that sent the players running for cover under the bleachers. Practice was open to the media for the first 30 minutes.Quick notes
DL Jordan White was practicing for the first time this season.
TEs Dudley LaPorte and Jonathan Faucher both practiced but were still in the orange jerseys.LB Pooh Bear was also in the orange.
OG Austin Tottle was back practicing.
QB Jacob Witt, who will have to miss this season because he transferred in from another school, was practicing with the defensive backs. "Since he can't throw the ball for us this year we might as well see what kind of athletic ability he has," Cristobal said. Witt will be part of the scout team this season and rejoin the team in the spring.
On today's practice
"Today was about getting back to business. We got our legs back a little bit. We focused on third down and some red-zone stuff. Try to cover all situations of the game. Really covering little things you don't think about like punting after a safety."
On having to wait two more weeks to play Rutgers
"I think we all do. You get a little bit jealous, you're going to turn on the TV this Saturday and there are going to be a lot of people playing and we're not going to be one of them. At the same time, you take to take it as a blessing. It gives a couple of guys more time to heal up and be a 100 percent."
On Pooh Bear
"He did some practice today. He did 7 on 7s, we kept him away from contact. This was his fist shot, he looked alright, he looked OK. Again, we are going to see how he response to the first semi-live work he gets. It can go either way. When it's an injury that serious we are going to take our time and make sure it's healed."
Response to comments
was he on live contact drills? or situational meetings? with First
Team? or second unit? how did he look in that short time.... I have big
hopes for him to be our big brick wall in the middle... like Ted
Washington/Bowens...take two blockers and allow the LB's...chiaPanther
A. To be honest I really didn't get a chance to see White in any game situations. What I can tell you is that he is a really really really big dude. I'm about 6-2, 220 and this guy made me look tiny next to him. He definitely has the size to be a big contributor on defense. It was only his first practice so it's going to take him a few days to get fully up to game speed.
Q. Is the herald going to do a season preview edition like in the past? Did it come out already? I sure hope FIU is not short changed like in the past with like just two articles under the state college edition where a bigger coverage is assigned to university of gainsville, et al....FIU0406
A. Special football sections come out in Thursday's newspaper.