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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.
Nov 21 - 4:57 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.
Nov 21 - 11:08 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.
Nov 15 - 12:31 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.
Nov 10 - 10:44 AM

FIU junior WR Thomas Owens caught 11 passes for 148 yards in Saturday's 27-26 win over Charlotte.

Owens didn't score a touchdown in the game, but it was a fantastic performance nonetheless. The 6-foot-1, 196-pounder averaged 13.45 yards per reception and notched a long catch of 46 yards. After a terribly slow start to the season -- just nine catches for 132 yards through the first five games -- Thomas has stepped it up with 18 catches for 273 yards and two touchdowns in his last two games. He is worth a look on the waiver wire given this recent uptick in production.
Oct 15 - 10:27 PM

Florida International fired HC Ron Turner.

Turner held a 10-30 record since taking over as Golden Panthers' head coach before the start of the 2012 campaign. This season, FIU had slogged out to an 0-4 start in September, most recently falling by a 53-14 final against UCF. DC Ron Cooper will take over as interim head coach moving forward. First up on the docket for Cooper, next weekend's showdown with FAU.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 26 - 12:14 PM

Alex Gardner failed to launch in Thursday's 34-13 loss to Indiana, rushing for 23 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries.

Gardner's longest run went for five yards. It was that kind of an evening for the 5-foot-9, 192-pounder. He did manage a one-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter to draw the Golden Panthers to within 12-10. They actually held a 13-12 lead entering the fourth quarter before the Hoosiers finally put the game away with 22 unanswered points. While his rushing effort was less than inspiring, Gardner augmented it with seven catches for 70 yards. No surprise there. He caught a whopping 60 passes last season.
Sep 1 - 11:51 PM

FIU promoted secondary coach Ron Cooper to defensive coordinator.

With Cooper sliding over to defensive coordinator, FIU additionally hired Edinboro University DC Bobby Babich to serve as the Golden Panthers' secondary coach. Cooper, 54, is taking the place of former DC Matt House, who left for an ILB coaching gig with Kentucky earlier this month.
May 25 - 1:37 PM

The Vikings worked out Florida International DT Lars Koht at FIU's Pro Day event last week.

Minny's DL coach conducted the workout, so the 6-foot-5, 279-pound Koht had every opportunity to make an impression. He ran the 40 in between 5.22-5.25 seconds, had a 29-inch vertical, a 8-foot-11 broad jump and performed 20 reps on the bench press. Koht, who had four sacks last year, played on both the inside and outside for FIU. He's likely a UDFA.
Source: NFL.com
Apr 5 - 8:00 PM

FIU CB Richard Leonard ran the 40-yard dash in 4.38 seconds during Thursday's Pro Day.

Fantastic work for Leonard on Thursday in terms of his 40-yard sprint. He also notched a 37-inch vertical jump and 6.95 seconds in the three-cone drill. Over the summer, NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter praised his "foot quickness, closing ability and competitive fire." The draft writer also digs his return skills -- for his career, the 5-foot-9, 190-pounder ran back three kicks for touchdowns. If he can overcome the size questions here, he could provide a spark fielding punts and possibly kickoffs at the NFL level.
Apr 2 - 5:25 PM

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

Miami considers Butch Davis to be a "fallback candidate" for the school's head coaching job, according to Bruce Feldman.

Davis has made his intentions known that he wants the Miami job, and obviously he has a history with the program after coaching there from 1995 to 2000. "Davis does have some support from a couple of key money people inside UM, the source says, but there is some resistance to him from other corners of UM," Feldman writes. Davis was involved in an NCAA investigation during his time at UNC, but was not found to be a feature part of that mess.
Source: Fox Sports
Mon, Nov 16, 2015 10:58:00 AM

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

Former Miami head coach Butch Davis wants to be considered for the school's head coach opening.

Davis coached at Miami from 1995 to 2000 before taking an NFL coaching gig. If you have seen ESPN's 30 for 30 on the U, part two, you know Davis' impact on the program. Davis had a somewhat failed stint at UNC most recently.
Mon, Oct 26, 2015 11:40:00 AM


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