James Morgan started 12 games at FIU last season and was named Conference USA Newcomer of the Year. He missed the Panthers’ Bowl game because of an injury, but he’s now healthy and in control of the offense.
The FIU Panthers led Conference USA with 58 touchdowns, and the result of all that offense was a program-record nine wins and a Bahamas Bowl win. It also marked just the second bowl win in FIU history.
A former South Dade High standout who played 13 games in three years for the Florida Gators before transferring, the FIU Panthers’ C.J. Worton caught the attention of scouts by running the 40-yard dash in 4.37 seconds.
FIU has found a pitching ace in lefty Logan Allen, who was pretty good as a freshman (5-5, 3.89 ERA, team-leading 85 strikeouts) but has now blossomed. He has not allowed a run in four consecutive starts.
Joseph Hocker, a 6-5, 245-pound tight end and part of FIU’s Class of 2019, is an example of the work put in by the Panthers. Tight ends coach Drew Davis said he evaluated more than 40 players before signing Hocker.