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The QB Situation: Hilliard will start

As if things weren't tough enough for FIU going into Saturday's game at No. 7 Louisville, going in order of the depth chart from a few weeks ago...

Redshirt junior Jake Medlock -- Concussion, didn't practice again Thursday. FIU coach Ron Turner said he hasn't been ruled out officially and maybe there's still a shot he could be used as an emergency backup. But the starter will be...

Sophomore E.J. Hilliard -- Healthy, practicing with the first team throughout the week. He's wanted a shot, several players wanted him to have a shot and now he's getting a shot against a team he played well against a year ago.

Freshman Israel Paopao -- Still on crutches with an ankle or foot injury.

Freshman Travis Wright -- Out of practice most of this week while being cleared by the NCAA. Turner said Wright's test scores got flagged and he was being made to retake his SAT or ACT because of a drastic difference in his scores and grade point average. Turner explained that Wright's classroom performance fell off during personal, family issues in the middle of high school, but he's smart enough to test well and turned his grades around the last year and a half of high school. Which means Saturday's No. 2 likely will be...

Redshirt sophomore tight end Akil Dan-Fodio -- The National Honor Society member and former All-Region quarterback played tight end last season, did third string quarterback work as roster filler during spring practice before moving back to tight end this fall. Dan-Fodic's worked with the second string throughout the week. If Hilliard goes down, Dan-Fodio will take his first game snaps at quarterback since 2010 in DeKalb Redan High School.

And my fellow Hoosier alumnus didn't know about the above when he banged out the following (although he did use information from another Bloomington veteran, Jeff Sagarin).




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