Silva, Lewis Poised to Take Over Great Linebacker Mantle at FIU

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By Pete PelegrinMIAMI – Throughout its 17-year history FIU football has produced some solid linebackers. From the early years of the program the Panthers had the trifecta of the “Killer B’s” of Antwan Barnes, Alexander Bostic and Keyonvis Bouie who helped the FIU defense lead the nation in tackles for loss in 2006. Barnes would become FIU’s first NFL Draft pick.A few years later FIU had Scott Bryant, who had been the program’s all-time tackles leader until safety Johnathan Cyprien broke the record in 2012. Linebackers “Little Canada” Toronto Smith and Winston Fraser anchored the FIU defense when it won the 2010 Sun Belt championship and Little Caesars Bowl.Most recently, Anthony Wint and Treyvon Williams were FIU’s top linebackers, who culminated their careers by helping the Panthers match the program record of eight wins last season and led the team to its third bowl game.Now linebacker Sage Lewis and defensive lineman-turned-linebacker Fermin Silva would like to make their marks as the next pair of standout FIU linebackers.”I’ve heard of the Killer B’s,” said Silva. “I know about FIU’s linebacker tradition. Those are all great players. I played with Treyvon and Wint three years and those are probably two of the best linebackers I’ve ever played with. They taught me a lot. I feel like Sage and I can take over and be good players and be on that list of great FIU linebackers throughout this program’s history.”Lewis is currently the Panthers most experienced linebacker. Silva, a senior, has played plenty of defensive snaps but none at linebacker. Still, ever since moving to linebacker last spring Silva has become a quick study.”Fermin continues to get better,” said FIU defensive coordinator/linebackers coach Brent Guy. “He was a guy who listened to the defensive calls last year and now he’s a guy making that call. He was a guy …

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