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August 13, 2013

Tuesday on grass

Tuesday's practice moved to a Tamiami Park field south of FIU Stadium's parking lot. Grass forgives more than artificial turf and, without the empty metal stands and fake grass, practice possessed less of an oven quality. A grass practice field is on the Ron Turner wish list.

Sophmore middle linebacker Patrick Jean returned to practice. One of the most impressive players in the spring has been back up in Palm Beach County, helping deal with a family situation. In his absence, freshman Treyvon Williams has gotten second team snaps at middle linebacker.

Richard Leonard (helicopter hover) and Demarkus Perkins (shoetops in stride) made the two most athletic interceptions of a practice that also saw Justin Halley and Randy Harvey pick off passes. Jake Medlock threw all but the Harvey pick. Defensive tackle Isame Faciane blocked another pass. I think that's five of the last seven days he's batted down at least one pass.

The obvious offensive bright spot would be, again, Dominique Rhymes using his length and leaping ability to come down with a couple of alley-oop catches (RIP R.C. Owens).

The kickers looked like they were hitting out of the rough, having a tough time getting height on their kicks off the grass. Serge Sroka hit two from short range, then got a 37-yarder blocked by 6-8 Paul Crawford. Austin Taylor hit from 32 yards.


Monday Night Football

Nice to see some of you blog readers at Monday's second practice, the 7 p.m. shirts and shorts runaround.

For those of you not there, special teams and some situational team drill stuff comprised the night work. Senior cornerback Sam Miller got redshirt junior quarerback Jake Medlock for six the other way when Medlock stared down the receiver on an out.

Practice ended with a 37-yard field goal off the right hash mark by redshirt freshman Sergio Sroka, a Belen graduate. Hit it and no end of practice sprints for his teammates. Miss it and everybody does a Jesse Owens impression. Sroka nailed a 47-yarder at the end of two-minute drills earlier. Here, though, with Belen players in the stands and shouting, chanting FIU teammates surrounding him, Sroka went wide right. 

Tuesday morning, FIU will practice on the natural grass on the opposide side of the main football stadium parking lot. It'll likely be at least 20 degrees cooler than the artificial turf to which left tackle Aaron Nielson slumped at a break in red zone drills. Nielson got helped into the shade where his body got cooled down.


Assistant coach Mandy Schuerman is returning to the Tampa area to coach high school softball.


Oh, yeah, they're headed for Spain tomorrow...

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