« September 2, 2013 | Main | September 4, 2013 »

3 posts from September 3, 2013

September 03, 2013

Sun Belt Honors FIU Student-Athletes

FIU announced Tuesday that 125 athletes were honored by the Sun Belt Conference for achieving grade point averages at or above 3.0 during the 2012-13 academic year.

That number is slightly down from the 131 for 2011-12, but the 58 that got onto the Sun Belt Commissioner's List (3.5 and above) jumped from 38 to 58. Female racers led the way -- women's track & field/cross country had 11 and swimming & diving had nine. Baseball had seven.

Football had the most in the 3.0-3.49 range, 11, while swimming & diving had 10. Women's soccer and track had nine each.   

Short Week Tuesday

The major football personnel update from Camp Mitch Tuesday is in the previous post: junior cornerback Richard Leonard won't play this season.

As for the injured: sophmore outside linebacker Davison Colimon had a white walking boot on his left ankle, redshirt junior Demarkus Perkins walked with a brace on his lower right leg and redshirt sophomore Shane Coleman walked with just bare legs. All wore no pads and Tang-colored jerseys.

There might be some action for junior college transfer Talir Satterfield-Rowe Friday night if Coleman doesn't play. FIU coach Ron Turner said Coleman has the best shot of playing Friday against Central Florida with Perkins and Colimon doubtful.

Looking around, I didn't see redshirt junior right guard Jordan White, so I doubt he'll be bumping pads Friday, either. But defensive end Giovani Francois and defensive tackle Marcus Cheeks both were back and wearing normal jerseys.

Sophomore safety Adrian Jenkins is back with the team after being kept out of training camp. Remember, when camp started, Jenkins, running back Jakhari Gore and wide receiver Willis Wright were to be out until fall semester classes started. While I heard of Gore and Wright's academic problems, I don't recall hearing anything about Jenkins, so I'm not ready to say definitively that was his issue. 

Turner thought the team had a good practice Tuesday and he seemed in a good mood. He said in looking at UCF on tape, he thought they're the kind of team he wants FIU to be: disciplined, fast, physical, makes you work for everything.

When AP reporter Steve Wine asked if there was "a little" deer-in-headlights action happening with FIU Saturday against Maryland, Turner said no. Wine appeared surprised until Turner said, "There was a LOT of deer-in-the-headlights. You said 'a little.'" He also said on the first offensive play of the game, FIU had three mental errors on a play put in on the first day of training camp.

Turner lauded the defensive line not just for their play on the field Saturday, but staying positive and encouraging throughout the game.

Leonard out for the season

Academic deficiencies have cost junior cornerback and return man Richard Leonard the 2013 season.

FIU head coach Ron Turner said after Tuesday's practice that Leonard "would not be eligible all year." Sources close to FIU have been telling The Herald for months that Leonard could miss at least the first four games and Turner did say last week that Leonard and senior wide receiver Glenn Coleman had academic issues to be cleared up before they could play.

Turner said Monday sophomore wide receiver DeAndre Jasper and Coleman both could be back this week with Jasper being the greater possibility.

A team already the youngest in the nation loses a two-year starter at cornerback, their best coverage corner, one of their fastest players and their most explosive kick and punt returner. Leonard had a touchdown on each and averaged 29.5 yards per kickoff return in 2012.

In Leonard's place, his cousin, sophomore Jeremiah McKinnon, started at cornerback Saturday against Maryland. Junior college transfer Randy Harvey might take that role Friday against Central Florida.

The betting line on Friday's game began with FIU a 23-point underdog around 12:30 p.m. Monday. It's at 25 1/2 as of 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.


Team Stats

» View more stats



Powered by TypePad