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Saturday at the close

You can't tell much from a team doing a Shields & Yarnell of a full game day, from pregame warmups to game-ending kneel down.

That's the way FIU spent the last half of Saturday's practice, the final practice of training camp. Monday starts classes and the first game week for this coaching staff at FIU and so many FIU players in Division I college football. This was the time to get such basics down as what order warmup drills will be, who should be sitting/standing where on the sideline, everybody on each special teams unit getting onto the field when necessary, etc.

Again, the more notable stuff came from who did and didn't do what in this trot through and in the 7-on-7 drills beforehand.

Quick digression: the current FIU roster distributed Saturday didn't include senior wide receiver Willis Wright. Wright wouldn't be rejoining the team until Monday at the earliest anyway. But his removal from the roster backs up what I put on yesterday afternoon's blog post.

As was the case Friday, cornerback Richard Leonard did nothing in either with the first or second team or any of the return units The starting cornerbacks in the 7-on-7s were senior Sam Miller and sophomore Jeremiah McKinnon. In the Marcel Marceau part of practice, it was Miller and Brad Hyman-Muhammad. Joining Leonard in the Hat in the Hand Brigade Saturday was senior wide receiver Glenn Coleman, who had been working mainly with the second team with guest appearances on the first team.

Two defensive linemen have been absent from the rotation recently. Junior defensive end Giovani Francois has suffered an injury, according to Turner, won't play at Maryland but will be back for the home opener against Central Florida. On the second team, sophomore Darrian Dyson hasn't been taking snaps there, replaced by Lars Koht.

Redshirt sophomore Clinton Taylor lined up with redshirt sophomore T.J. Lowder and sophomore DeAndre Jasper when the first team went three-wide in the mock game. Though redshirt junior Justin Halley wore the Home Depot-colored jersey again, as he has all week, he and Demarkus Perkins lined up as the safeties in the mock game.

The running backs seem to be Shane Coleman, Lamarq Caldwell, Alfonso Randolph, Silas Spearman and Talir Satterfield Rowe. That'll be a fluid group, based on who's hot and who can hold onto the ball.

 

 

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