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Hilton, volleyball, soccer hitting the Belt

The Heisman Trophy goes to the best player in college football. Or, the best player with some preseason hype who makes highlight film plays while putting up numbers you can’t ignore while playing a skill position on a nationally prominent team.

That couldn’t have been made clearer when T.Y. Hilton moved up six spots, from 24th to 18th, on StiffArmTrophy.com’s list this week. Hilton picked up only 36 all-purpose yards -- his total after the opening kickoff against Louisville – against Central Florida. He played, essentially, one half. But FIU beat UCF 17-10 to move to 3-0. So up the list went Hilton. The poll contacts 49 Heisman voters in 29 states.

It’s a shame if this strained hamstring hampers Hilton beyond this week, if it does this week. I say that not because I’m rooting for FIU. I cover FIU but I’ve been in this business too long to confuse the fortunes of the team or school I cover with how well I do my own job. I say that as someone who hates to see injuries cut away the limited time for college athletes. That always makes me think of Kelvin Bryant. The North Carolina running back racked up 15 touchdowns in the first three games of his senior season, then suffered a knee injury. Bryant came back that season, but not with the same form. A season that could’ve rivaled Marcus Allen breaking the 2,000-yard rushing barrier for the Heisman Trophy and could’ve given North Carolina an outside shot at the national title got kneecapped.

Besides, Hilton at speed reminds me of a well-made Long Island iced tea – smooth and cool while it’s knocking you out.

TIME TO BELT THE BELT

Thursday afternoon, the women’s soccer team had landed in Memphis and was bouncing toward its weekend in Arkansas, against Arkansas-Little Rock Friday and their first Sun Belt match, Arkansas State, Sunday. They’re coming off a 2-1 win against Oregon in last week’s Nike Invitational.

Meanwhile, the 8-3 volleyball team gets its first piece of Sun Belt action from 9-6 North Texas Friday and 3-9 Denver Sunday. FIU goes into the weekend with four-match winning streaks against each.

That leaves the men’s soccer team to be the Friday night home appetizer on the home athletic weekend, facing Marshall at 7 p.m. The Sunday brunch I like to fix – eggs, pound or more of bacon, several sausages, biscuits – will be destroyed by the time men’s soccer puts the Sunday brunch finisher on the weekend when they host Howard at 1 p.m.

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"Hilton at speed reminds me of a well-made Long Island iced tea – smooth and cool while it’s knocking you out."

LOL You da man DJN

DJN
What happened to the Pete Pelegrin tweets on the heralds tweet tracker?

Can't we all just get along!

DJN and where may I find such a LI Iced Tea in Miami?

chiaPanther, he doesn't know and I doubt he cares much. :P

@DJN, @Nothingxs,

Oh, they know. The Heralds tweeter tracker has everyone from student Media to Assitant coaches, to @FIUSports and@FiuFootball, even @hilton4heisman... so why not include the writer/contributor to most FIUsports stories?

And @PetePelegrin was on the tracker for weeks. why now? I thought we were growing past their PAST transgressions. It's about moving forward. Get him back on, he in addition to DJN provide instant info on the School. This is the Heralds chance to be the first and foremost media connection to FIU why remove a very valueable source of information?

I guess the more things change the more things stay the same.

Wasn't he the one who was fired from the Herald and wrote a huge diatribe against the paper on his way out?

If so doesn't that answer your question?

I don't know why Pete's off the tracker. I don't know why my own Tweets get retweeted erratically by Herald Sports. I didn't know we had such a comprehensive Twitter tracker. I thought it just dealt in Herald scribes' Twitter accounts. I'll try to remember to ask the next time I'm in the office and/or talking with a sports section higher up for more than half-a-minute of "this is what I'm doing right now, this is what I'm writing today."

Quijote, such a Long Island can often be found at the News or Van Dyke. Or, my living room.

And we're having people over tonight. So the pregame blog will once again be posted in the wee hours.

Swap city, tag in!

You go DJN.

@DJN,
Thanks for responce. But you see what I mean about the tracker picking up @fiusports, @fiuathletics,@fiuSM, @fiujanetorialservices, @Hilton, .....@allkindsofstuff which included Petes' tweeter tests for almost 2 weeks and now doesn't.
Its been over a year now. Pete's in the athletic department doing great stuff and after a pair of "other sports journalists" now you're here also doing great stuff too.
So let's just move on!
Btw, UCF is going toe-to-toe with BYU. Down 7 with
10 mins to go. Go knights

Um...

Chia, as I said, I don't think DJN has anything to do with anything. He just does his beat, writes (like a boss) and sips on his Long Island Iced Tea.

I mean, you're probably in the right forest (re: PP no longer on the tracker), but you're barking up is the wrong tree. This is a tall oak, here. You were looking for the weeping willow on that other path over there. :)

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