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October 15, 2012

Younger OK. Rhodes? Well...Durante to redshirt; Middle's Cunningham probably out for the season

 Senior wide receiver Jacob Younger will be OK after getting injured in the fourth quarter Saturday FIU coach Mario Cristobal said Monday. But the condition of running back Kedrick Rhodes and his right ankle remain up in the air for this week. Cristobal said FIU's situation makes no difference as to how they handle Rhodes' injury.

Cristobal also said they'll redshirt freshman wide receiver Johnnie Durante; linebacker Josh Glanton; defensive lineman Marques Cheeks; and defensive end Leonard Washington.

When several FIU players slammed Benny Cunningham out of bounds on Middle Tennessee State's penultimate offensive play, Cunningham suffered a left knee injury that Middle coach Rick Stockstill expects to be confirmed as season-ending. For a true fan of football, it was a sad way to see the night end for Cunningham after he ran for 230 yards (previous FIU opponent record: 227 yards by Pittsburgh's Ray Graham in 2010) on 36 carries (previous FIU opponent record: 34 by Troy's DeWhitt Betterson in 2003). It was his second 200-yard game in the last three.

Stockstill was asked if he thought the hit was dirty.

"I don't think so," Stockstill said. "I don't think there was anything malicious. It looked as though he slipped, got off balance and got hit."

Football game times & Troy starting QB needs to find his head

On The Sun Belt Coaches Teleconference Monday, Troy coach Larry Blakeney said longtime starting quarterback Corey Robinson is day-to-day with a concussion. As Blakeney described it, Robinson's head got shots from behind and the front in bang-bang manner against Western Kentucky last Thursday.

If Robinson's out, Deon Anthony will play against FIU Saturday. Anthony went nine of 16 for 147 yards and a touchdown and ran for 26 yards on six carries.

The Oct. 27 home game against Western Kentucky will be at 6 p.m., no TV broadcast, but streamed at http://www.fiusports.com. UPDATE: Now, this game will be on ESPN3.

The South Alabama road game Nov. 3 will be at 3:30 p.m. (a day game! Yay!).



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