Thursday morning’s rainy weather at FIU football practice was great for two things: a duck and throwing the deep pass.
There were no ducks spotted on the FIU Stadium field, but there were several long passes that were completed.
Backup quarterback E.J. Hilliard had a good day hitting Jairus Williams with three long balls – two of them for scores. The last of those two touchdowns ended practice as Williams used his 6-5 frame to elevate over two defenders for the score.
Hilliard also connected with Dominique Rhymes on a 25-yard out pattern during 7-on-7s and found tight end Akil Dan-Fodio across the middle for a long completion during team drills.
Starting quarterback Jake Medlock also made some long connections. Medlock and Rockey Vann hooked up for a 49-yard touchdown during 7-on-7s. Medlock hit Rhymes for a 50-yard touchdown.
Freshman receiver Shug Oyegunle appears to be dangerous in the open field. Oyegunle had a pair of touchdowns during red zone drills where he made a move and outran everyone. In 7-on-7s, Oyegunle caught a pass in the flat and shed the defensive back for a long gain.
Other highlights from Thursday:
Junior transfer running back Talir Satterfield-Rowe has been running well. He knows how to hit the holes in the run game.
Defensive back Sam Miller keeps playing some good pass defense. Davison Colimon had a tackle for loss on a screen. Richard Leonard and freshman cornerback Vontarius West each made a play on a jump ball in the corner of the end zone to prevent six.
Freshman running back Alfonso Randolph had a nifty blitz pickup in the backfield that allowed Medlock to find tight end Jonnu Smith over the middle for a touchdown during red zone drills.
Freshman quarterback Israel Paopao continues to show a smooth touch on short fade passes and throws over the middle. He connected with Smith, who is having a solid camp as a freshman.
FIU FOOTBALL ALUMS ON NATIONAL TV THIS WEEKEND
Former FIU stalwart defensive lineman Tourek Williams plays on national TV tonight when his San Diego Chargers take on the Chicago Bears at 8 p.m. on ESPN. Williams had two tackles, one for loss in his NFL debut last week against Seattle.
Williams is currently listed as second team outside linebacker in the latest Chargers depth chart behind Dwight Freeney.
Caylin Hauptmann is in action tonight as well as his Cleveland Browns host the Detroit Lions at 7:30 p.m. There is no national TV for that one.
Anthony Gaitor (above left) is on national TV Friday when his Tampa Bay Buccaneers play at the New England Patriots on FOX at 8 p.m.
Johnathan Cyprien (above right) is expected to make his NFL debut for the Jacksonville Jaguars against Antwan Barnes and the New York Jets Saturday at 7:30 p.m. on NFL Network. Cyp missed last week's preseason opener against the Dolphins with a hamstring injury.
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