Panther Football Report: Day 8

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By Pete PelegrinThree weeks from today FIU opens the season against Indiana. Saturday morning the Panthers went through their first scrimmage of camp and got some promising glimpses of both sides of the ball.”The most important thing which I was really looking for was collective effort,” FIU head coach Butch Davis said. “In the first scrimmage, full speed all over the field, there are going to be fundamental things, there’s going to be technique things and you can fix those things. You can’t fix the effort, tenacity, physicality, the way they play.”FIU quarterbacks James Morgan and Christian Alexander experienced their first game-like situations of camp and neither signal caller disappointed Davis.
“We were explosive on offense,” Davis said. “The quarterbacks did a nice job, both James Morgan and Christian Alexander, drove the ball down the field. They made good decisions on third down and when we had fourth down situations.”Davis said he “loved” the way the defense chased and pursued the ball with gang tackling. In the closed scrimmage the defensive line seemed to have stood out.”There was a play where [defensive lineman] Teair Tart made a tackle for loss and the play only lasted for a second,” said linebacker Sage Lewis. “That’s what we need.”Fermin Silva, who has made the move from the defensive line to linebacker this season, thought the defensive line made the rest of the defense better.”The D-line played great today,” Silva said. “Not just Tart making plays but Big Sauce [Tayland Humphrey], Anthony Johnson, Jordan Woods, Josh Little all those guys kept the O-line off of us. They made the jobs easier for the corners and safeties. I thought they did a good job getting after the quarterback today and making a new line of scrimmage.”There are several position battles throughout camp. One such competition for starting jobs …

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