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FIU senior CB Richard Leonard accepted an invite to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Leonard's return prowess could bring him some love in the spring. The 5-foot-9, 170-pound junior has three career touchdowns between punt and kickoff returns. He averaged 21.6 yards on kickoffs and 10.7 yards on punt returns during the 2015 campaign. He did even better in 2014 with 25.7 and 23.8-yard averages, respectively. In August, NFL.com analyst Chad Reuter wrote, "Though shorter than most NFL teams prefer at the position, there's no doubting his foot quickness, closing ability and competitive fire," then noted that his slipperiness in the return game "should earn him extra looks."
Jan 14 - 10:22 PM

FIU junior TE Jonnu Smith (knee) didn't play in Saturday's 48-31 win over Charlotte.

Smith has been day-to-day with a sprained knee for a few weeks now. Hopefully his ligaments mend quickly, because Smith is one of the best receiving tight ends in the country. He has 36 catches for 397 yards and four touchdowns.
Thu, Nov 12, 2015 05:16:00 PM

FIU junior TE Jonnu Smith is still wearing a knee brace after missing last week's game against FAU.

The injury is to Smith's left knee. The coaching staff considers the athletic tight end "day to day," however he wore no pads in practice on Wednesday. Smith is one of the better receiving tight ends in the country, catching 36 passes for 397 yards and four touchdowns this season.
Fri, Nov 6, 2015 09:48:00 AM

Per TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline, NFL scouts "have shown a lot of interest" in FIU junior TE Jonnu Smith.

"The athletic pass catcher has posted 19 receptions in five games and has shown marked improvement in his game," Pauline wrote. He hasn't come out of nowhere. Smith earned First-Team All-Conference USA honors last year and was an SI.com All-American Honorable Mention pick. He led the Golden Panthers with 710 yards on 61 catches and eight touchdowns.
Tue, Oct 6, 2015 06:23:00 PM

Florida International senior edge rusher Michael Wakefield "shows a knack for quickly and smoothly getting off the snap," notes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

Wakefield earned second-team All-Conference USA honors in 2014 by "using not only his get-off, but also good length and an ability to leverage a blocker and disengage to make the play," according to Reuter. The 6-foot-3, 254-pound Wakefield posted eight sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss. "Wakefield can play either side of the line despite his average size, which is a big plus," Reuter wrote. "Coaches will put him through linebacker drills after the season to see how well he moves in space, and that will help determine how high he gets drafted."
Source: NFL.com
Wed, Sep 2, 2015 08:25:00 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter posits that FIU junior CB Richard Leonard's return ability will amplify his intrigue to NFL teams.

The 5-foot-9, 189-pound Leonard missed 2013 due to academic ineligibility but has otherwise been a star at FIU. "Though shorter than most NFL teams prefer at the position, there's no doubting his foot quickness, closing ability and competitive fire," Reuter wrote. "His elusiveness as a returner should earn him extra looks." Leonard was a first-team All-Conference USA selection last year after posting five interceptions, seven pass breakups, four fumble recoveries, a 25.7-yard kick-return average and a 23.8-yard punt-return average with one touchdown.
Source: NFL.com
Sat, Aug 22, 2015 09:59:00 PM

FIU senior WR Glenn Coleman has been ruled ineligible for the 2013 season due to academics.

Coleman started 12 games over the last two seasons and averaged 17.5 yards per reception. FIU is a three point underdog to FCS level Bethune-Cookman this weekend.
Tue, Sep 10, 2013 11:20:00 AM

FIU junior CB Richard Leonard has been ruled ineligible for the 2013 season.

Leonard started just eight of the 26 games he played over the last few seasons. He led the school in kick return (29.2) and punt return average (14.2). The Panthers lost their top defender in Johnathan Cyprien, and this ineligibility certainly won't help the depth.
Wed, Sep 4, 2013 10:06:00 AM

FIU has dismissed senior RB Kedrick Rhodes for a violation of team rules.

Rhodes rushed for 699 yards and three touchdowns last season, adding 19 receptions for 237 yards and two touchdowns in the air. In three seasons he registered 2,686 yards on offense and 14 touchdowns.
Mon, Jul 15, 2013 02:29:00 PM

Chargers selected Florida International DE Tourek Williams with the No. 179 overall pick.

Williams (6-2, 260) paced Florida International in tackles for loss (14.5) and sacks (6.5) as a senior. He's the best pass rusher to emerge from FIU since Antwan Barnes. Williams has explosiveness off the snap, but is often engulfed by blockers due to short arms (32 1/2"). He projects as a situational nickel end and special teamer for the Bolts.
Sat, Apr 27, 2013 04:17:00 PM

Jaguars selected Florida International SS Johnathan Cyprien with the No. 33 overall pick.

Cyprien (6-0, 217) was a 45-game starter at FIU and is the school's record holder in both career tackles (365) and forced fumbles (six). Cyprien added seven interceptions. Used primarily as a box strong safety in the Sun Belt, Cyprien offers tremendous upside because he also has great range. NFL Films' Greg Cosell and Rotoworld's Josh Norris have both opined that Cyprien may develop into this year's top safety -- ahead of first-rounders Kenny Vaccaro and Eric Reid. Cyprien ran forty times of 4.64 and 4.65 at his March 16 Pro Day and did 18 reps on the bench. He has some Dashon Goldson to his game.
Fri, Apr 26, 2013 06:40:00 PM

NFL Network's Albert Breer notes that FIU S Johnathan Cyprien "could be in play" for the Jaguars at pick No. 33.

"Expect the Jags to field offers for that pick," Breer tweeted, regarding the first selection of the second-round. "If it's not a deal down, or a QB, Cyprien could be in play too." We love Cyprien and consider him a first-round talent. His name will likely be called very early on Friday.
Fri, Apr 26, 2013 10:54:00 AM

FIU S Johnathan Cyprien is having a private workout for Bengals DC Mike Zimmer on Monday.

We love this fit but have been wary of connecting the two, since the Bengals tend to value prospects who come from big schools. Cyprien is more talented than the likes of Matt Elam and Eric Reid, but all three are generating buzz. Pick No. 21 is a great landing spot for Cyprien.
Mon, Apr 22, 2013 01:46:00 PM

Former NFL GM Charley Casserly believes FIU S Johnathan Cyprien "misses an awful lot of tackles."

Casserly considers Cyprien a second-round talent. "I think he makes mistakes on play action," He said. "At times I question what he sees and I see some stiffness in him in man-to-man coverage." We think Cyprien is one of the surer tacklers in space among the safety position and showed more range at the Senior Bowl than was allowed at FIU.
Source: NFL.com
Thu, Apr 18, 2013 10:49:00 AM

FIU S Jonathan Cyprien will work out for the Cincinnati Bengals.

The Bengals are definitely interested in this year's safeties and Cyprien is one of the best, if not the best. He's rangy, physical and versatile, showing the ability to play in the box or deep in center-field. He's expected to be a top 50 selection.
Wed, Apr 17, 2013 06:09:00 PM


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