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FIU played Bethune-Cookman twice before back when the Panthers started their football program in 2002. FIU lost to B-CU 31-0 in 2002 at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale in a neutral site game. The following season the Wildcats came to old FIU Stadium and defeated the Panthers 24-14.
Saturday the series resumes at FIU Stadium with a 6 p.m. kickoff and continues with another game in Miami next September. B-CU (2-0) arrives at FIU on Saturday having yet to allow more than nine points in a game. The Wildcats also rolled up 66 points on Virginia Union last week.
There is no TV for Saturday's game but it will be LIVE VIDEO STREAMED on PantherVision at FIUSports.com. I'll have the call of the game beginning at 5:55 p.m. and you can also listen to the game on the FIU Sports Radio Network.
Let's get to know more about the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats with Daytona Beach News-Journal beat writer Brent Woronoff. You can read more about B-CU in Brent's articles by CLICKING HERE and you can follow him on Twitter: @brentworonoff.
1. How is the 3-quarterback system of Bethune-Cookman working out thus far? Does one quarterback play a little bit more than the other two? What are the strengths of each quarterback?
BW: I don’t think it’s really a three-quarterback system, although, like most teams, B-CU has three quarterbacks. Last week all three played in a rout, but Brock Waters didn’t enter until late in the third quarter when the Wildcats were leading 52-7. I think the plan for the first two games was to use two quarterbacks. That could also be the case Saturday.
Quentin Williams, who started the last eight games of 2012, did not play in the season opener against Tennessee State two weeks ago. You can make your own conclusions about that. Coach Brian Jenkins did not announce a suspension. Williams came in late in the first quarter against Virginia Union and sparked the offense with a 44-yard pass to Eddie Poole. I would make him the odds-on favorite to receive most of the playing time Saturday. He has the best arm of the three, is a good runner and is adept at running the read option.
Jackie Wilson has the most experience and hasn’t thrown an interception in two games. He started the second half probably because Williams threw a pick late in the second quarter that gave Virginia Union a chance to score. Waters is a dynamic athlete, very good at the read option and throwing on the run. They may try getting him the ball in different ways to take advantage of his athleticism, maybe even lining him up in the slot. He ran in the 2-point conversion on a fake kick after B-CU’s first touchdown last week.
2. The Wildcats defense has yet to allow a team to score in double-digits. How good is the defense and if you were an FIU coach how would you go about attacking it?
BW: The defense is very good. They returned most of their starters from last year and have added several FBS transfers. Some of the transfers are brand new, so the way to attack them would be trickery, trying to disguise formations and hoping to cause confusion because a lot of those guys haven’t played together for very long. Also, they don’t have the size of an FBS team up front, so FIU might be successful at pounding the run and wearing them down.
3. B-CU has several Division I transfers. Does coach Brian Jenkins prefer to go that route in recruiting? How many of those D-I players play significant snaps?
BW: They have 24 FBS transfers, plus JUCO transfers. They have added 14 just this season, including three brand new ones from UM. Yes, he obviously loves to go this route. Some of the transfers were recruited by B-CU out of high school but took FBS offers and then were dissatisfied. Most of the transfers are from the state Florida, and B-CU has become the top FCS choice in the state among transfers, overtaking Florida A&M, which recently changed coaches. I believe most or all 14 new D-I transfers are getting significant snaps. Last week, Cary White led the team in rushing (62 yards), Jontavious Carter caught two TD passes and Theodore Howard, Dyron Dye and Ralph Williams had 17 tackles between them.
4. What are the thoughts around the B-CU program on FIU this season?
BW: Players are really not allowed to talk about opponents. You ask them and they’ll give you the company line: We treat all opponents the same. We prepare the same way. We don’t place any special emphasis on any game. They were obviously pumped about playing Miami the past two years. I don’t know if FIU generates the same excitement.
5. How do you see Saturday's B-CU/FIU game unfolding?
BW: I think B-CU will give the Panthers a game. But I think FIU will wear them down in the end. The Wildcats have struggled offensively this year. Although they scored 66 points last week, that was against a weak opponent, and Jenkins said there were a lot of busted assignments.
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