Recently several former FIU athletes were featured in the news in their respective sports. Up in the Canadian Football League, former FIU receiver Greg Ellingson had the No. 4 play of the week in the CFL. Ellingson, an Ottawa Redblacks receiver, is having another good season in the CFL and is among the receiving leaders with 440 yards and two touchdowns. With 10 games remaining, Ellingson is on pace to surpass his CFL career-high of 800 receiving yards set with the Hamilton Ti-Cats in 2013.
Former FIU defensive back Junior Mertile played in his first CFL game last week. Mertile had four tackles and returned a blocked punt for a touchdown for the Saskatchewan Roughriders. Mertile had the No. 6 play of the week in the CFL.
Ex-FIU defensive lineman Isame Faciane (above center) was featured in a story on his experience during Hurricane Katrina. Faciane, who has been converted into an offensive lineman by the Minnesota Vikings, grew up in Lake Ponchatrain Drive in New Orleans. You can read the story by Eric Edholm by CLICKING HERE.
Former FIU closer Jorge Marban (above left) was recently promoted to the Pawtucket Red Sox (Boston Red Sox Triple A team) after a strong start with the Red Sox Double A team, the Portland Sea Dogs. Marban is 2-0 with a 1.08 ERA in four games with Pawtucket. He was 2-1 with a 1.36 ERA and 5 saves with Portland. You might have read here last year Marban's rise from pitching in Australia to signing with the Red Sox organization. Here is another story on Marban.