FIU addressed its need to get bigger along the lines, added more team speed and built more depth with its 2014 signing class on Wednesday.
The Panthers added 24 new players with their 2014 class plus two quarterbacks, Alex McGough and Bud Martin that count toward the 2013 class. Before yesterday FIU had the maximum 25 spots available in the 2014 class. Before the early signings of McGough and Martin, FIU had six spots open from the 2013 class.
As of today, should the Panthers want to add anyone else they have a total of five available scholarships (1 from 2014 and 4 from 2013). However, coach Ron Turner believes the team will be at the 85-man maximum roster limit with what FIU currently has on board. The last possible day for any signing is April 1.
FIU begins spring football March 18 on a Tuesday and finishes with the spring game on April 12. I’ll have a spring practice preview next month, but for now here is a look at how the newest Panthers fit the roster with the returning Panthers.