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Pete Pelegrin
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Don Shula Bowl XV will be played Saturday at FIU Stadium. Yes, it has been 15 years of the Shula Bowl -- the annual rivalry game between Florida Atlantic and FIU, schools separated by 57 miles and that started their football programs in 2001 and 2002, respectively. The Owls lead... Continue reading
Posted yesterday at FIU Panthers Prowl
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Saturday's fifth meeting between FIU and Central Florida (the intrastate series is tied 2-2) is likely to come down to who can control the tempo of the game. UCF, under first-year coach Scott Frost, employs a fast break, read-option system that Frost brought from Oregon where he was the offensive... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at FIU Panthers Prowl
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FIU defeated Central Florida last year 15-14 to open the 2015 season in Orlando. The Knights are a much different team now with first-year coach Scott Frost, who has brought the Oregon offense east to Florida. Frost was the Ducks offensive coordinator last season and has implemented a fast-paced, spread-option... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at FIU Panthers Prowl
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FIU wraps up its non-conference schedule Saturday at home against UCF. The Panthers and the Knights know each other well from not only their intrastate series but many of the players on each side played with or against one another in high school. However, at this point that may be... Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2016 at FIU Panthers Prowl
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Either FIU or UMass will have its first win of the season by Saturday night in Amherst, Massachusetts. The Panthers and Minutemen enter Saturday's game each at 0-2. UMass earned its first win of 2015 against FIU, 24-14 in Amherst. However, as you might imagine these are different teams in... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2016 at FIU Panthers Prowl
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FIU returns to UMass on Saturday for the second game of a four-game series between the two teams. It's not often that the first two games of a series are at the same venue but that is the case here. UMass will come to FIU for two games in the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 15, 2016 at FIU Panthers Prowl
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FIU is done with its Big Ten schedule for 2016 and now turns its attention to UMass, whom the Panthers played for the first time last season. The Minutemen won 24-14 in a game that FIU struggled to develop any consistency on offense. UMass opened up a 17-7 halftime lead.... Continue reading
Posted Sep 13, 2016 at FIU Panthers Prowl
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For those of you who weren't a fan of the nearly four-hour game last week due in part to the 8,766 commercials that ESPN ran, Friday's game between FIU and Maryland might be more up your alley because you might see a run-heavy type of game. Running the ball is... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2016 at FIU Panthers Prowl
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FIU takes on Maryland for the fifth time in program history on Friday night. The Terrapins have taken the first four meetings with the closest game occurring in the first game back in 2006. Ten years ago in College Park, MD, the Terps escaped with the four-point win after picking... Continue reading
Posted Sep 8, 2016 at FIU Panthers Prowl
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The 15th season of FIU football kicks off with the first time that a Big Ten team visits FIU Stadium. Indiana, who defeated FIU last season in Bloomington, Indiana, is the Panthers 2016 season-opening opponent in a game that could be decided by the team that scores last. Last season... Continue reading
Posted Aug 31, 2016 at FIU Panthers Prowl
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As another FIU football season dawns on Thursday, our 5 Questions segment on the Panthers' opponent returns. David Sugarman from WIUX Sports in Bloomington, Indiana joins us this week to answer 5 Questions on Indiana: 1. IU lost some playmakers on offense from last year, specifically quarterback Nate Sudfeld and... Continue reading
Posted Aug 30, 2016 at FIU Panthers Prowl
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A few days before FIU opens its 15th football season against Indiana, FIU football strength and conditioning coach Chad Smith makes his annual visit to the blog to tell us about the Panthers offseason training. FIU tight end Jonnu Smith is stronger than ever coming back from his knee injury... Continue reading
Posted Aug 29, 2016 at FIU Panthers Prowl
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FIU returns a veteran-laden offensive line in 2016, including several underclassmen on the line who gained valuable game-playing experience last season when pressed into duty because of injuries to starters. "[The game experience from last season] has translated into very few assignment errors," FIU offensive line coach Steve Shankweiler said.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 24, 2016 at FIU Panthers Prowl
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FIU has one of the best tight ends in the nation in Jonnu Smith, who again will be an integral part of the offense. Smith played in eight games last season before going down with a knee injury but is completely back to full health now. Smith virtually holds every... Continue reading
Posted Aug 22, 2016 at FIU Panthers Prowl
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FIU receivers had 1,514 of the team's 2,854 receiving yards last season. Receiver Thomas Owens had the most receiving yards with 638, but the Panthers didn't really have another receiver as a consistent No. 2 threat. Clinton Taylor had the second most yards among receivers with 387. Having tight end... Continue reading
Posted Aug 17, 2016 at FIU Panthers Prowl
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Going into the 2016 season FIU has a little bit of everything in its offensive backfield to carry and catch the ball. Junior Alex Gardner, who can run outside and between the tackles, not only led FIU in rushing (760 yards) last season but also caught the most passes (60)... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2016 at FIU Panthers Prowl
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FIU quarterback Alex McGough is coming off a record-breaking season where he had the most completions (269), passing yards (2,722) and passing touchdowns (21) in FIU football history. Entering his junior season, McGough has learned the FIU offense, improved his fundamentals and gained the confidence of his teammates. McGough is... Continue reading
Posted Aug 12, 2016 at FIU Panthers Prowl
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There are some big holes to fill along the FIU defensive line before the season opener against Indiana on Sept. 1. No longer at FIU and currently on NFL rosters are Michael Wakefield (Washington Redskins), Denzell Perine (Minnesota Vikings) and Lars Koht (Denver Broncos). In 2015, the trio of Wakefield,... Continue reading
Posted Aug 11, 2016 at FIU Panthers Prowl
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The most experienced and probably the most talented part of FIU's defense is the linebackers. The Panthers return a pair of senior starters in Davison Colimon and Treyvon Williams along with 2015 leading tackler junior Anthony Wint. Colimon missed 11 games last season after a season-ending injury in the opener... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2016 at FIU Panthers Prowl
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FIU football turns 15 years old when the 2016 season kicks off against Indiana on September 1. In their short history the Panthers have had some memorable moments -- most of them in wins but some in losses as well. To commemorate the 15 years of FIU football as we... Continue reading
Posted Aug 9, 2016 at FIU Panthers Prowl
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FIU training camp continued Monday before the Panthers get their first day off from camp Tuesday. Over the next several days we'll check in with the position coaches to get a sense of how their groups are doing. New FIU secondary coach Bobby Babich inherits a unit that lacks game... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at FIU Panthers Prowl
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FIU football turns 15 years old when the 2016 season kicks off against Indiana on September 1. In their short history the Panthers have had some memorable moments -- most of them in wins but some in losses as well. To commemorate the 15 years of FIU football as we... Continue reading
Posted Aug 8, 2016 at FIU Panthers Prowl
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In the first two practices of camp the secondary has made some plays, however, Friday morning some of the veteran offensive players displayed why FIU could move the ball well this season. Quarterback Alex McGough and returning leading receiver Thomas Owens have continued to show the chemistry they started to... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2016 at FIU Panthers Prowl
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FIU football turns 15 years old when the 2016 season kicks off against Indiana on September 1. In their short history the Panthers have had some memorable moments -- most of them in wins but some in losses as well. To commemorate the 15 years of FIU football as we... Continue reading
Posted Aug 5, 2016 at FIU Panthers Prowl
Thanks Fanatic. You are almost correct on the top 3.