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Spring Football Starts Tuesday

Ah, Spring Football, the significance of which is shown that everybody starts 0-0 and everybody ends 0-0.

But I'll keep you abreast of things as best I can this week starting with tomorrow's 9 a.m. practice. In their finite wisdom, running counter to what you'd expect for a football program that needed a late rush of internal ticket sales to keep from running afoul of the NCAA, FIU is closing all practices to the public. The Spring Game will be open.

The most interest, of course, centers around the quarterback spot. E.J. Hilliard starts spring as the only quarterback with college game experience. Freshmen Bud Martin and Alex McGeough, early enrollees as Hilliard was two years ago, fit the suit but can they play? Turner's got to be happy he's got quarterbacks he actually recruited out of want, as opposed to brought in out of 3 a.m. desperation like last year's freshmen, Travis Wright and Israel Paopao.

(I was reminded of the Samoan Paopao, who seemed like a nice young man, just hefty for a quarterback, the other night while watching Pulp Fiction.)

Also, FIU needs to start finding a new defensive quarterback to play middle linebacker and two new defensive tackles to replace Greg Hickman and Isame Faciane. Last year's transfer from West Virginia, Northwestern High graduate Imarjaye Albury might be half the answer there.

There's a 762 other questions -- special teams? offensive line? wide receivers? running back?-- that barely will start to be answered this spring. But we'll be there for Tuesday's first day of rehearsal.





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