In the first two practices of camp the secondary has made some plays, however, Friday morning some of the veteran offensive players displayed why FIU could move the ball well this season.
Quarterback Alex McGough and returning leading receiver Thomas Owens have continued to show the chemistry they started to develop last season. McGough and Owens have been connecting often through the first three practices. They had a couple of 20+yard hook ups Friday.
Tight end Jonnu Smith looks like he did his first two-plus years at FIU when he was healthy. Smith has been running around with no issues and hauled in a long pass from McGough today.
Austin Maloney led all of Dade County in receptions and receiving yards in his senior season at Columbus High. Maloney redshirted last season as a freshman and apparently what he gained in practice last year and this past spring has paid off. Maloney has looked sharp catching the ball this week and seems to be a bit quicker after the catch. Maloney is listed at 5-11 but seems to play bigger than that. He reminds me a bit of former FIU receiver Greg Ellingson, who is now one of the leading receivers in the CFL.
Sophomore tight end Mac Carey went up high to make a catch in team drills. Carey is among several tight ends looking to get on the on field opposite Smith.
Freshman safety Isaiah Hill had another interception today. Hill picked off freshman quarterback Malik Tyson. Hill has shown a nose for the football in his first fall camp.
Defensive end Fermin Silva had another good day. Silva again got into the offensive backfield for what would have been a sack if quarterbacks were live. On another play Silva and Imarjaye Albury blew up a run play.
Redshirt freshman linebacker Sage Lewis had a tackle for loss near the end of the practice.