If you didn’t know how much FIU coach Ron Turner wanted to see a physical scrimmage Friday night, all you had to do was see the way he greeted fifth-year senior safety hitter Demarkus Perkins with extended hand after the scrimmage.
Perkins, redshirt sophomore linebacker Patrick Jean, even sophomore running back Silas Spearman and fifth-year senior wide receiver Glenn Coleman dished out cracks that could be heard at FIU Baseball Stadium.
But it’s Perkins whose brand of angry play can set the tone for a defense that felt his absence when he was injured in 2013.
“He’s very focused, very determined and had an outstanding spring,” Turner said.
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“He means a lot. He’s coming on as a leader. I saw that coming on last year with the way he was directing people in the secondary. Really studies the game. He brings a physical demeanor that’s kind of contagious.”
Neither the first- or second-team offense scored against their defensive counterparts.
The best drive by either offense saw the second team, quarterbacked by freshman Alex McGough, move from its 30 to the defense’s 15, mainly on a 30-yard catch-and-run by Coleman and sophomore Lamarq Caldwell’s 10-yard run on a draw play.
McGough got sacked on a third-down blitz, and sophomore kicker Serge Sroka never got the chance to try a 36-yard field goal, as sophomore Chris Ayres couldn’t come up with a grass-hugging snap.
Sophomore cornerback Wilkenson Myrtil came up with the only interception of the scrimmage, jumping inside the receiver to pick off a McGough throw to the right sideline.
When FIU went to three cornerbacks in the two-minute drill, Myrtil, who played sparingly last season, lined up with fifth-year senior Richard Leonard and senior Randy Harvey.