Preview 2018: FIU Golden Panthers. Butch's Brilliant Job.

Preview 2018: FIU Golden Panthers. Butch's Brilliant Job.

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Preview 2018: FIU Golden Panthers. Butch's Brilliant Job.


What You Need To Know About The FIU Offense

– The offense worked okay, but it was an attack loaded with veterans. And now there’s a problem, with the quarterback situation in flux with Alex McGough gone, top rusher Alex Gardner done, and star receiver Thomas Owens finished. There are young options ready to do more, but the team needs new playmakers.

James Morgan, you’re on … maybe. The former Bowling Green quarterback is more than just some typical football guy looking to play a little more. He cares about law school and really and truly does want to become a lawyer.

Maurice Alexander has a wee bit of experience, but he’s moving to receiver.  Christian Alexander is a big bomber with the upside to take over the gig, but Morgan can step in right away and play. However, he throws a LOT of picks, giving away 22 in the last two seasons.

– The young line of last season has to be stronger. It struggled to keep defenses out of the backfield, but by late last season, it was starting three underclassmen and four starters who return. There was a decent rotation at tackle, and there are enough parts to play around with, but with all of the new skill guys, this needs to be a big area of improvement.

Biggest Key To The FIU Offense

Score. Score more. Score early, score often. It was a tough run for the Golden Panthers to do anything consistently on offense. It might have been a better season, but the team scored just 27 more points than the 2016 version, and with one extra game.

FIU failed to hit the 20 point mark six times, and failed to get more than 30 in ten of the 13 games. Part of it was by design – slowing things down and doing a nice job on third downs – but the thing just didn’t move. No. 1 in the nation in red zone offense, FIU just didn’t get inside the 20 enough. This season, it has to start getting more out of their drives.

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