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FIU senior WR Thomas Owens caught six passes for 152 yards on Saturday in a 23-10 victory over Tulane.

Owens (6'1/196) didn't get in the end zone, but he pretty much set up every score in the game for the Panthers. It's the third straight game the senior wideout has gone over 100 yards, and the second straight he's gone over 150. He'll look to keep both streaks alive against Marshall in two weeks.
Oct 14 - 10:01 PM

FIU senior WR Thomas Owens caught 11 passes for 162 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 37-17 loss to Middle Tennessee.

Owens (6'1/196) scored on a little four-yard grab early in the fourth quarter. After failing to surpass 100 yards receiving in FIU's first three games of the campaign, the senior wideout has now blown by that mark in back-to-back contests. For the season as a whole, Owens has caught 27 passes for 462 yards and three touchdowns across five games played. He'll look to keep it going against Tulane next weekend.
Oct 7 - 6:41 PM

FIU senior WR Thomas Owens caught seven passes for 101 yards and a score in a 30-29 victory over Charlotte on Saturday.

Owens (6'1/196) was held in check in the previous two games, but he was back over 100 against a less-than-stellar 49ers secondary. His touchdown was a six-yard strike from Alex McGough to bring the Panthers to within 26-14 late in the second quarter. He'll look to go over 100 again next week against Middle Tennessee State.
Sep 30 - 10:25 PM

FIU redshirt junior WR Julian Williams caught five passes for 129 yards in Friday's 17-10 win over Alcorn State.

Williams (5'11/190) proved to be a true deep threat for the Panthers, here, averaging 25.8 yards per reception with a long-catch of 41 yards. This marks the second consecutive game in which the redshirt junior has notched at least five catches. Through two games, he has put in 11 catches for 178 yards. He and QB Alex McGough will look to continue to build on their early connection in next Saturday's showdown with Indiana.
Sep 8 - 10:12 PM

FIU senior QB Alex McGough completed 21-of-33 passes for 328 yards in Friday's 17-10 win over Alcorn State.

McGough (6'3/215) was throwing for chunk yardage in averaging a healthy 9.9 YPA, but was unable to come through with a touchdown pass. Through two games, the senior gunslinger has thrown for 529 yards with a 1/1 TD/INT ratio. The Panthers have scored just 34 points combined in those two contests. They'll try to rev up the offense against Indiana next weekend, but to this point, there has been little spark.
Sep 8 - 9:57 PM

FIU senior RB Alex Gardner rushed for 102 yards and a touchdown on 20 carries in Friday's 17-10 win over Alcorn State.

Gardner wasn't ripping off huge gains left and right in this one -- his long run went for 13 yards -- but he consistently gained positive yardage while helping to salt away the victory. The 5-foot-9, 192-pounder scored his lone touchdown of the contest from three yards out shortly after the start of the second quarter. This showing was a much more representative effort than what he put forth in the opener against UCF, when he rushed for 20 yards on nine carries. Gardner will look to keep it going against Indiana next weekend.
Sep 8 - 9:52 PM

The Alcorn State-FIU game has been moved to Birmingham, Alabama.

The game will kick at 7 p.m. ET on Friday. Originally, the game was to be played Saturday night in Miami, but plans have since changed because of the anticipated impact of Hurricane Irma.
Sep 6 - 4:58 PM

FIU senior WR Thomas Owens caught five passes for 104 yards and a touchdown in Thursday's 61-17 loss to UCF.

Not much went right for the Golden Panthers in this one, but Owens came through in several spots, most notably on a 75-yard catch-and-run touchdown with 9:42 remaining in the first quarter. A year ago, Owens posted just two 100-yard receiving games. Off to a crisp start for the current campaign. FIU will attempt to rebound from Thursday's faceplant when they take on Alcorn State a week from Saturday.
Aug 31 - 9:41 PM

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


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