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Florida International HC Butch Davis said that junior RB Anthony Jones "has got some burst, he's got some power."

"He showed some ability to get in the hole, jump cut and get to the sidelines," Davis said. Jones led the team in rushing during their spring game, picking up 30 yards on five carries. Regular starting RB Alex Gardner was held out of the scrimmage as a precautionary measure. The 5-foot-11, 190-pound Jones excelled in a backup role last season, when he rushed for 562 yards (4.8 YPC) and four touchdowns across 12 games played.
May 19 - 6:31 PM

Florida International senior QB Alex McGough completed 14-of-21 passes for 202 yards and a touchdown in the team's spring game.

McGough picked up 81 of those 202 yards via a touchdown pass to Thomas Owens. The senior quarterback is looking to bounce back from a 2016 season in which he missed three games due to injury while throwing for 1,891 yards (58.4% completions) with a 13/11 TD/INT ratio. Those numbers were a significant dilution on his 2015 statistics. During that campaign, McGough completed 64.3% of his passes for 2,722 yards while posting a 21/8 TD/INT ratio.
May 19 - 4:46 PM

Bears signed Florida International OT Dieugot Joseph.

Joseph (6’6/293) made 34 starts at left tackle for the FIU Panthers, managing honorable mention all-conference in the C-USA as a senior. Joseph’s primary strength is his length at a lean 6-foot-6 with absurd arm length (35 5/8"), but he tested as a 14th-percentile athlete before the draft and needs a ton of weight-room and technical work. It would be a surprise if Joseph lasted particularly long in the pros.
May 2 - 1:27 PM

Titans selected FIU TE Jonnu Smith with the No. 100 overall pick of the 2017 NFL Draft.

Smith (6’3/248) was a rare four-year starter at tight end, setting several school records with a career 178/2,001/18 (11.2 YPR) receiving line and earning second-team All-Conference USA as a senior. He proceeded to destroy the Combine, running 4.62 with freaky vertical (38") and broad (10’7") jumps and top-four SPARQ results in this loaded tight end class. Smith shows a tendency to body catch and is facing a significant jump in competition, but he was a better blocker than expected on college film, and his athleticism is evident as a post-catch playmaker. If coached up properly, Smith could surprise as a Delanie Walker-type weapon in the middle of the field.
Apr 28 - 11:19 PM

FIU TE Jonnu Smith has visited the Saints, Vikings, Dolphins and Titans.

The Titans also privately worked out Smith, as did the Falcons. Smith will appeal to tight end-needy teams who haven't addressed the vacancy by early Day 3. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein likens Smith to Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker. "Smith is electric after the catch and has the speed to attack all three levels of the field, but his inconsistent hands could hold him back," Zierlein wrote.
Apr 13 - 2:42 PM

Florida International T Dieugot Joseph visited the Houston Texans this week.

Hat tip to Aaron Wilson of the Houston Chronicle for this one. Wilson also passes along that Joseph is visiting the Giants this week. A 12-game starter in 2016, the 6-foot-6, 293-pounder would make sense as a possible depth option for the Texans, as they will be without right tackle Derek Newton this coming season as he continues his recovery from a pair of torn patellar tendons. If Joseph is drafted, it likely will not happen until late on Day 3.
Apr 6 - 6:01 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compared FIU TE Jonnu Smith to Tennessee Titans TE Delanie Walker.

"Smith is electric after the catch and has the speed to attack all three levels of the field, but his inconsistent hands could hold him back," Zierlein writes, adding that the 6-foot-3, 248-pounder is "a more effective blocker in the zone game than many who have been asked to do it on the pro level." Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline stamps Smith with a Round 4 projection.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 31 - 2:57 PM

Florida International hired Marshall WR coach Aubrey Hill to serve in the same capacity.

Hill had been on staff with Marshall for all of one week before he opted to jump ship for the Golden Panthers. He has not coached at the FBS level since 2012, when he was with Florida. That marriage ended messily enough, as Hill resigned prior to that 2012 campaign and was later hit with a two-year show-cause by the NCAA due to multiple violations during his time with the Hurricanes.
Mar 9 - 3:28 PM

FIU TE Jonnu Smith said the incident that took place this year that included his girlfriend pouring boiling water on him was "blown out of proportion."

"I have no scars," Smith said. The early November incident was a crazy one, and at one point it was reported Smith would miss the remainder of the season. He ended up missing just a few weeks. You can be sure that NFL teams will quiz Smith during the Combine. He is viewed as a third tight receiving option.
Jan 31 - 11:31 AM

Walter Football's Charlie Campbell relays that one NFL scout called FIU TE Jonnu Smith a "Charles Clay clone" during Senior Bowl practice on Wednesday.

Campbell relays that the scout is high on Smith's "toughness, hands and versatility." In 11 games this past season, the 6-foot-3, 230-pounder logged a 42-506-4 receiving line. Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline views him as an undrafted free agent at this juncture, but he could certainly climb into the late-round conversation if he continues to impress during the pre-draft process.
Jan 26 - 7:29 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline notes that "[a] big weakness in [Florida International T Dieugot Joseph's] style of play is his hand technique."

Joseph has been attempting to make his mark in East-West Shrine Game practices this week. The results have been somewhat mixed. As Pauline notes, the 6-foot-6, 293-pounder does offer "great length and a strong lower body," but issues with his technique were notable. For example, on Wednesday, Pauline noted, Joseph's poor use of hand technique "was pointed out by his offensive line coach, a few times." Pauline adds that "[d]uring one rep, Joseph quickly lost his footing and fell to the ground." The analyst pegs him as a potential undrafted free agent come this spring's draft.
Jan 20 - 6:58 PM

FIU junior RB Alex Gardner rushed 14 times for 119 yards and two touchdowns against Marshall on Saturday.

We expected a mini-breakout from Gardner this fall, but he seems to have fallen victim to the Panthers' down season. Even so, his first 1,000-yard season will be achieved if he can run for 133 yards in the finale.
Mon, Nov 21, 2016 04:57:00 PM

FIU senior TE Jonnu Smith made one catch for 15 yards against Marshall.

A few weeks ago it was reported that Smith would miss the remainder of the season after having boiling water poured on his head, but Smith ended up missing just one game. This likely means he will be able to participate in the all star circuit.
Mon, Nov 21, 2016 11:08:00 AM

FIU hired former Miami HC Butch Davis to serve in their vacant head coaching role.

Davis, 64, draws a five-year contract, here. Said AD Pete Garcia, "To say we are excited to have Butch Davis as our head coach at FIU is an understatement. There is no doubt that he will take FIU football to new heights." Davis has taken to work as an ESPN analyst since being fired by North Carolina over the summer of 2012. He replaces Ron Turner at Florida International. Turner was canned after starting the 2016 campaign with an 0-4 record.
Tue, Nov 15, 2016 12:31:00 PM

FIU senior TE Jonnu Smith will miss the remainder of the season after his girlfriend poured boiling water on his head.

This certainly isn't the end of this story. Smith's girlfriend, who is 5 months pregnant, will cause the tight end to miss the final two games of his career. Smith has an NFL future as a receiving threat, catching 39 passes for 441 yards and three touchdowns. This is his fourth straight year of over 35 catches, including a 61 catch season in 2014. This incident will certainly come into question during the draft process.
Thu, Nov 10, 2016 10:44:00 AM


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