The Panthers defense had their moments against the offense in the second practice of camp on Tuesday. The FIU defensive front was very active getting into the offensive backfield during team drills. The Panthers are not in pads yet so the following sacks were of the touch football variety.
Defensive lineman Greg Hickman, who looks to be in the best shape of his FIU career, had a sack and is moving quite well. Defensive end Lars Koht and linebacker Patrick Jean teamed up for a sack. There was very little running room for the running backs.
When the Panthers did get some running room, Shane Coleman took advantage with a nice run. Speaking of the running backs, CLICK HERE for a story on receiver-also working as-running back De'Andre Jasper.
Cornerback Richard Leonard had another solid day in pass coverage. Leonard had a pass breakup as did Sam Gervais. Cornerback Jeremiah McKinnon beat receiver T.J. Lowder on a deep pass from E.J. Hilliard to pick it off. McKinnon then had a pass breakup.
The FIU offense did have their share of completions. Receiver Rockey Vann and new tight end Cory White made a couple of catches in traffic of Jake Medlock passes.
Again the Panthers consistently threw the deep ball with mixed results. Speedy receiver Clinton Taylor, now wearing Wayne Times's old No. 5, blew by his defender twice -- making the catch on one Medlock pass. On the other pass Medlock underthrew Taylor and the ball fell incomplete.
Dominique Rhymes hauled in a long bomb from Medlock that would have gone for six if it was Saturday and the opponent wore a different color jersey. Medlock's best pass of the day wasn't a deep one, but rather when he went through his progressions, looked off a receiver to the left and hit Jasper down the seam for 23 yards.
Freshman receiver Shug Oyegunle, who stood out in Monday's practice, caught a 35-yard pass from Medlock on Tuesday. Oyegunle is not big at 5-9, but he is fast and is a ripped up 175 pounds.
Your daily offensive line lineups on Tuesday: 1st team -- LT - Nielsen, LG - Taylor, C- Montero, RG - White, RT - Delsoin; 2nd team -- LT - Joseph, LG - Pinkston, C - Senat, RG - Saunders, RT - Sineace.
On special teams, some of the freshmen had trouble hanging on to punts. That's nothing that can't be fixed with more reps and more competition.
Early on in the kicking battles, kicker Karson Dietrich appears to have the strongest leg, but fellow freshman kicker Austin Taylor had the better day hitting three straight field goals (42 yds, 36, 36). Dietrich looked like the best punter out there today, getting the most hang time and longest punts of all the punting candidates.