FIU Notebook

FIU’s defense starting off strong, special teams needs work

The defense seems to be one step ahead of the offense as coach Ron Turner’s first training camp at FIU winds down. During 11-on-11s, quarterback Jake Medlock struggled to get into a rhythm, as the defense generated good pressure and competed well in the secondary. Junior defensive end Giovani Francois had an impressive day on the defensive line. During running reps, Francois was setting the edge and disrupting the play in the backfield.

Kickers need to find their legs

The kicking game battle continues with at times disastrous results. Punts were often low line drives, and despite FIU’s emphasis on special teams, the area could be a weak spot this season. Austin Taylor hit both his field goals from nearly 40 yards out, but just barely. Cody Hodgens was good from 38 yards. Redshirt freshman Sergio Sroka missed one kick wide left; his next attempt was blocked.

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