Summer is right around the corner and if you have followed this blog for the last eight years then you know what that means: the recent FIU sports season is done and the new FIU sports season is two months away. So it's time to recap the 2013-14 FIU sports season by taking you to the movies for the 8th annual FIU Sports at the Movies.
If you missed any of the previous seven years of FIU Sports at the Movies then CLICK HERE.
The following is a look back at what happened in FIU sports in the past 10 months by referring to movies released from August 2013 through May 2014.
THE SUMMIT: FIU swimmer Sonia Perez Arau (below right) and FIU diver Sabrina Beaupre (left) reach the summit of their respective sports by winning the Conference USA Swimmer of the Year and the C-USA Diver of the Year awards, respectively.
RUSH: FIU running back Silas Spearman breaks the FIU single-game freshman rushing record by running for 136 yards and two touchdowns in FIU's 24-23 win over Southern Mississippi.
DELIVERY MAN: Former FIU and current Indianapolis Colts receiver T.Y. Hilton promises former FIU defensive back Peter Riley to have a big game on the anniversary of FIU receiver Chandler Williams's passing. Hilton goes out and catches 13 passes for 224 yards and two touchdowns against the Kansas City Chiefs in an AFC Wild Card playoff game.
HER: Like the Siri-like character in the movie, Jerica Coley provides all the answers for FIU women's basketball the last four years en route to becoming the program's all-time leading scorer. Coley has her number 22 retired and leads the nation in scoring for the second straight year.
BRIGHTEST STAR: Tymell Murphy turns out to be the brightest star on the FIU men's basketball team. Murphy sets the all-time program record for field goal percentage hitting 57.9% of his shots. Murphy finishes with 984 points in his two seasons at FIU, which is good for seventh all-time in FIU basketball history.
BEST NIGHT EVER: Former FIU offensive lineman Caylin Hauptmann becomes the second former FIU football player to reach the Super Bowl. Former FIU safety Nick Turnbull was part of the Chicago Bears Super Bowl team that lost to the Indianapolis Colts. Hauptmann and his Seattle Seahawks defeat the Denver Broncos in Super Bowl XLVIII to become world champions.
NEIGHBORS: FIU defensive linemen Isame Faciane and Greg Hickman sign with rival teams in the NFC North. Faciane signs with the Minnesota Vikings and Hickman signs with the Detroit Lions. Should each player make their respective teams they would play each other twice a season.
300 RISE OF AN EMPIRE: FIU catcher Aramis Garcia hits well above .300 (.368) and leads the Panthers with eight home runs. Garcia, the preseason Conference USA Player of the Year, wins the C-USA Player of the Year award after another stellar season.
THE SPECTACULAR NOW: Three FIU freshmen waste no time making an impact. FIU softball first baseman Stephanie Texeira and FIU golfer Camila Serrano win Conference USA Freshman of the Year awards in their respective sports. Texeira hits a team-best .408 with 11 home runs and 41 RBI. Serrano finished with a team-best 73.76 stroke average. FIU right-hander Chris Mourelle earns the Conference USA Freshman of the Year in baseball after going 9-3 with a 1.95 ERA.
121212: That's what FIU fans were talking about at the conclusion of spring football. As in 12 which is freshman quarterback Alex McGough's jersey number. McGough enrolled early and had several solid spring practices. McGough saved his best for the spring game where he threw for 131 yards and a touchdown.
UNTHINKABLE: After posting a team ERA of 5.03 in 2013, it was almost unthinkable that the FIU baseball pitching staff could improve as it did in 2014. FIU pitchers had a 2.29 ERA in 2014 and for a good portion of the 2014 season the Panthers pitching staff led the nation in ERA. FIU pitchers also broke seven program records in the process. New pitching coach Sam Peraza gets a big chunk of the credit here.
FROZEN: FIU softball pitcher Shelby Graves froze Southern Miss bats on the way to tossing a no-hitter. In the three-game sweep of Southern Miss, the Panthers ended the series by turning a triple play.
RUNNER RUNNER: Although not all eight are runners, the FIU track and field team sent a program-record eight athletes to the NCAA Regionals. Among the athletes making the trip are Aubrey Smith and Khristian Campbell on the men’s side. The women going to regionals are: Philicia Fluellen, Raqurra Ishmar, Tiffani Hernandez, Cam’ree Jackson, in addition to the women’s 4x400 relay team of Oriel Anu, T’Keyah Dumoy, Fluellen and Jackson.
TOP CAT: FIU closer Mike Gomez breaks the all-time FIU saves record previously held by Ozzie Lugo. Gomez finished his FIU career with 25 saves after recording eight saves in 2014.
BRIGHT DAYS AHEAD: A year after just missing to qualify for the AVCA national championships, the FIU sand volleyball team reaches the national championships in 2014. Although the Panthers lost in the first round, FIU achieved a program-best No. 5 national ranking.