The optimistic view is that FIU, which is one game away from the halfway point of its first season under coach Butch Davis, will play six of its final seven games in South Florida, giving the Panthers a decent shot at getting the six wins it needs to be bowl eligible for just the third time in program history.
The Panthers’ star is junior Santiago Patino, who leads the nation with 12 goals in 10 games. But other players have stepped up, most notably Marvin Hezel and Alessandro Campoy in Tuesday’s 4-3 double-overtime win over Florida Gulf Coast.
Newton Salisbury, a 6-3, 265-pound FIU defensive end, whose intense work ethic – or “hot chili” as Mogridge puts it — is so well known that sometimes opponents feel they have no other recourse except to pull at his long hair to try to stop him.
The combination of punter Stone Wilson; kicker Jose Borregales, who handles field goals and extra points; and kickoff specialist Sean Young has become a weapon for the Panthers (2-1, 1-0 Conference USA), who will host Charlotte (0-4, 0-0) in a league game Saturday night at 7.
Florida State’s out of the Associated Press Top 25 for the first time in almost six years. The University of Miami, ranked No. 14 in the Associated Press poll, leads the ranked state teams with South Florida and Florida behind.
On the FIU football team, Anthony Wint and Treyvon Williams have much in common — they are 22-year-old senior starting linebackers who are considered among the best in Conference USA. Both made second-team preseason all-league honors this fall.
In five games, Santiago Patino has 11 points — five goals and one assist. And in two weeks of the relatively young season, Patino has already been named Conference USA Offensive Player of the Week twice.
DeAndre Johnson, FAU quarterback and former star of the Netflix docu-series ‘Last Chance U,’ didn’t travel with the Owls on their road trip to Wisconsin after being hospitalized in Boca Raton. Johnson is a former Florida State quarterback who left Tallahassee after getting into legal trouble.
The FIU football team will not be traveling to Bloomington, Indiana, this weekend to take on the Hoosiers after canceling its game with Indiana. The Panthers relocated their athletic department to Birmingham, Alabama, as Hurricane Irma took aim on Florida.