Exciting day at FIU as the team played its first scrimmage of fall camp on Saturday. Practice kicked off a little before 8 a.m. with the guys stretching and doing individual drills. Before the scrimmage started, FIU coaches had the players do some 7 on 7s for 30 minutes or so.
Few notes on the 7 on 7s
On the second play, Wayner Younger (left) threw a nice pass over the middle to a wide-open WR Greg Ellingson for a score. Younger also had an interception on a tipped ball. WR Willis Wright made a nice catch in the flats and was able to turn the corner on the defense.
I was able to watch the first 30 plays before practice was closed. In total, I saw four offensive possessions and four special teams plays.
In the first play of the scrimmage, OL Kevin Van Kirk hurt his knee and had to be helped to the sideline. After practice Cristobal said, that early indications are that it's just a knee sprain and that he'll miss about a week.
The defense dominated in the first three possessions forcing two punts and an interception.
The offense's first drive ended after six plays when freshman Jerrico Lee sacked Younger to force a punt.
In the next drive, Younger connected with TE Dudley LaPorte over the middle, but the drive stalled.
It took the offense four tries to break through the defense. Early in the fourth possession you could tell the offense had found its' rhythm. The drive started with Carroll scrambling to pick up some yards on a run. In the next play, Carroll connected with WR Wayne Times for a nice pick up. After a DB Franklyn Brown sack, Younger returned to the game and connected with WR Ariel Martinez. Martinez was hit hard by S Ash Parker who was waiting for him over the middle. Martinez was able to hold onto the ball. Unfortunately for the offense, they had to settle for a Jack Griffin field goal.Post scrimmage interview with Cristobal
"We moved the ball. Kickers were effective. The defense scored twice. We all know you can drive the ball 99 yards, but if you throw a pick or have a fumble, and it goes 6 the other way, it's all for not."
On the QB Battle
According to Cristobal, each QB saw between 48-50 plays. "Efficient for the most part." Even though Younger took the first snap on offense, Cristobal said that both played equal time with the first team.
"We had trouble getting the running game going. Credit to the defensive line, the defense. They won the line of scrimmage early. It was pretty even later on. The offense started moving the ball as well."
"On sometimes and sloppy on other."
On T.Y. being held out
"We had him do some stuff earlier in the 7 on 7s. We wanted to see certain guys play. T.Y. was not one of them."
On freshman Willis Wright
"One guy that really stood out offensively in the scrimmage was Willis Wright He caught a ton of balls was explosive, breaking tackles."
"Randy Williams is an intense, explosive football player. Anthony Gaitor is playing the best football he's played since being at FIU. One player that has impressed so far is [DL] Jerrico Lee"
TE Dudley LaPorta hurt his foot during the scrimmage, but the injury does not appear to be serious. RB Trenard Turner was in a walking boot due to a sprained ankle. Turner will be out between 1 and 2 weeks.
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