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E.J. Hilliard to start at QB for FIU against Middle Tennessee

FIU quarterback E.J. Hilliard prepares for the snap as the team works out at their camp opener at FIU Stadium in Miami on Aug. 5, 2013.
FIU quarterback E.J. Hilliard prepares for the snap as the team works out at their camp opener at FIU Stadium in Miami on Aug. 5, 2013.
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Coach Ron Turner announced Tuesday that sophomore E.J. Hilliard will start at quarterback Saturday against Middle Tennessee.

Hilliard started last week against East Carolina — his first career start without an injury necessitating a change. He completed 21 of 33 passes for 194 yards and one interception.

“It was an OK performance,” Hilliard said. “I messed up on a lot of things: technique, fundamentals, a few reads. They’re things that I can correct, but to me it was an OK performance, not what I was really looking for.”

Turner said that the game tape showed a mix of positive signs and problems, but he thought the biggest area for improvement was Hilliard’s confidence in his reads.

“At times he looked comfortable, but at times he looked like a guy that hasn’t played much,” Turner said.

“He’s got to pull the trigger. He’s got to throw the football. That’s one of the things I’ve told him. If he keeps holding the ball like that, we can’t do anything. He’s got to throw the football. A lot of it is a young guy not trusting what he’s seeing.”

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