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FIU Panthers ready to face homegrown opponents on Western Kentucky roster

 

Special to the Miami Herald

FIU coach Mario Cristobal has seen way too many familiar players on the opponent’s side of the line this season, ones that grew up in Florida.

Western Kentucky (5-2, 2-1 Sun Belt Conference) has 32 Floridians on its roster as it prepares to play FIU (1-7, 0-4) on Saturday at 6 p.m. at FIU Stadium. How many Kentuckians does FIU have? Zip. Nada. Zero.

“Florida produces about 500 to 550 Division I players each year,” Cristobal said. “And I think you’ll continue to see that every year.

“Sometimes you go to a high school game in Florida and you’ll see every possible college logo imaginable on coaches’ shirts. Florida is a great area for recruiting.”

• Receiver Jacob Younger, a 6-2, 195-pound senior, did not practice Wednesday. … Running back Jeremiah Harden could be back Saturday. That could take some of the pressure off running back Kedrick Rhodes and his injured right ankle.

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