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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.



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