For the second consecutive day freshman Jordan Budwig received the first team reps at left guard as the Panthers get closer to the season opener on Aug. 31 at Maryland. The first team O-line consisted of: LT - David Delsoin, LG - Budwig, C - Donald Senat, RG - Jordan White, RT - Aaron Nielsen.
Budwig has apparently impressed the coaches enough to keep receiving work with the first team with opener just 11 days away. After practice coach Ron Turner said he would like to possibly narrow down his roster and depth chart by next Tuesday -- four days before kickoff.
The Detroit Lions were the latest NFL team at FIU practice to look at the Panthers defensive linemen. The Lions scout said he was checking out Isame Faciane, Greg Hickman and Paul Crawford. The New England Patriots were also at practice for the second time this month. The Pats so far are the only team to make a return visit. Both the Lions and Pats scouts spent the majority of practice watching the D-line, especially during individual drills. The Lions are the sixth NFL team to visit practice this month -- all six of them have been at FIU to watch the D-line. The six teams are the Titans, Raiders, Patriots, Jets, Giants and Lions.
Faciane again gave the scouts something to write down. Faciane stuffed Shane Coleman in the backfield during team drills. Later, Faciane batted down a Jake Medlock pass during the two-minute drill.
When the offense worked on coming out of their own end zone, Medlock hit Dominique Rhymes for a 97-yard touchdown. Medlock also connected with Clinton Taylor for 32 yards.
The hit of the day was delivered by freshman linebacker Treyvon Williams, who popped Lamarq Caldwell for a loss in the backfield.
Neither the first or second team could produce points in the two-minute drill. Mitch Wozniak picked off Medlock to end one drive. Paul Crawford stalled the second drive with a sack of E.J. Hilliard.
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