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.

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What You Need To Know About The FIU Defense

– It’s bad enough to lose your top four tacklers. It’s worse when you lose five of the top six tacklers. It’s even worse when you lose seven of the top nine tacklers. It’s much, much worse when two of those tacklers were cornerstone linebackers Anthony Wint and Treyvon Williams, who combined for 184 stops.

In all, seven starters are gone, with all four parts of the starting secondary needing to be replaced.

So where are the positives? Getting back lightning fast corner Ike Brown after missing a year is a huge plus, and Fermin Silva should be one of the best tweener linebacker/defensive ends in the conference. The linebacking corps might be an early issue, but the defensive front has the potential to be terrific once it comes up with the right combination and rotation.

Generating more pressure is a must. Anthony Johnson will be one of the best interior pass rushers in Conference USA, and again, Silva is a good one – he tied for a team-high seven sacks with 14 tackles for loss. The Golden Panthers have to do more with just 23 sacks on the season, with seven games without generating two. This all ties into …

Biggest Key To The FIU Defense

Generate takeaways and help the offense. The O isn’t going to be explosive enough to get involved in big shootouts, and generating points sometimes will be like pulling teeth.

Turnovers became a huge deal after the first month of the season, coming up with four in the four losses from October on, and generating 13 in the five wins.

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