Saturday, November 23, 2013

Marshall Football: Fast Facts, Florida International

Thirteen facts you need to know about Florida International before tonight's game against Marshall.

1) No way to get around it, FIU is awful on offense. They average 10.1 points per game, second to last in the nation. They are also among the nations bottom ten teams in total offense, rushing offense, and passing offense.

2) Sophomore Jake Medlock will start at quarterback on Saturday. For the season he has completed 68 of 138 attempts for 866 yards, four touchdowns, and six interceptions. Fellow sophomore E.J. Hillard will also see time at quarterback. Hillard has appeared in nine game this season, starting two while throwing for 575 yards, two touchdowns, and three interceptions.

3) Running backs Lamarq Caldwell and Silas Spearmen III power the Golden Panthers rushing attack. Caldwell has recorded a FIU high 431 rushing yards. Regardless of position, Spearmen's four touchdowns are tied for the team lead.

4) Freshman tight end Jonnu Smith leads his team in receptions (31) and receiving yards (298). Wide receiver T.J. Lowder trails Smith with 20 catches for 271 yards.

5) FIU's defense is not much better than the offense. They are giving up 37.5 points per game, the 111th worst figure in the nation. They rank 80th in total defense, surrendering an average of 416.7 yards per game.

6) Linebacker Markeith Russell leads the Golden Panthers with 82 tackles.

7) One of the top defensive tackles in Conference USA, FIU's Isame Faciane has recorded a team high 10.5 tackles for loss. Fellow defensive tackle Greg Hickman's three sacks lead the Golden Panthers.

8) Safety Justin Halley and cornerback Sam Miller are tied for the team lead with two interceptions a piece.

9) Previously mentioned in the quarterback rundown, Medlock has served as FIU's primary punter the last three weeks. He has done a pretty good job, after 20 punts he is averaging 43.2 yards per attempt.

10) Kicker Austin Taylor has connected on five of nine field goal attempts with a long of 52 yards.

11) The Golden Panthers have won a single game this season, a 24-23 win over winless Southern Miss. The season also include a 34-13 loss to FCS member Bethune-Cookman.

12) Twelve FIU seniors are playing their final home game Saturday, they will be honored during a pregame ceremony.

13) Fifty freshman or sophomores have played at least a snap for FIU this season.

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