FIU coach Ron Turner said the defense pushed ahead of the offense in practice Wednesday as the Panthers’ first game nears. Turner praised both sides for their effort but thought the offense lacked focus in the team’s most recent practice. He could not pick one standout from the defense but praised the unit collectively.
Turner smiled when asked about any pregame rituals he has for the first game of the season, saying that he’s not superstitious. Turner, who admitted after Tuesday’s practice that he gets butterflies before the first game of every season, instead said he was a believer in routine.
“You have to be able to handle every situation that comes up,” Turner said. “But for us as a team, I like to be in routine as much as possible. I believe in execution over superstition.”