FIU outfielder Edwin Rios was named to Baseball America's preseason All-American third team. Rios hit .296 with 2 home runs and 38 RBI last season for the Panthers. Rios tied for the team lead with 14 doubles last season with Aramis Garcia.
Rios played the infield last season but is moving to the outfield this season. FIU opens the 2015 season at home against Tennessee in a three-game series starting Feb. 13.
ANOTHER SUPER BOWL WIN FOR CAYLIN HAUPTMANN
Former FIU and current New England Patriots offensive lineman Caylin Hauptmann won another Super Bowl ring last night after the Patriots defeated the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 in Super Bowl XLIX.
Hauptmann (No. 68 above in a Super Bowl practice), who is on the Patriots practice squad, won a Super Bowl last season when he was on the Seahawks. With last night's win Hauptmann will collect his third football championship ring. Hauptmann was FIU's left tackle in 2010 when the Panthers won the Sun Belt Conference championship and the Little Caesars Pizza Bowl.
Hauptmann is the second FIU player to be part of a Super Bowl team after former FIU safety Nick Turnbull, who was on the Chicago Bears practice squad the year the Bears played the Colts in Super Bowl XLI in Miami. Chicago's offensive coordinator that season was current FIU coach Ron Turner.