Football team making progress with 2013 season quickly approaching

By Joel Delgado ’12 MS ’17

“We’re getting there.”

With just under two weeks to go until the season opener, that was the message relayed by FIU football head coach Ron Turner as the team continues its fall training in preparation for the 2013 season.

After two weeks of practices, the team has improved, but Turner acknowledges that there is still plenty of work to be done.

“We’re about halfway there, halfway to being ready,” Turner said. “We’re making progress, getting better most days.”

Receiver T.J. Lowder agrees, having seen the offense make gains since the beginning of fall practice.

“We’re taking big strides and coming more together as an offensive unit,” Lowder said. “I feel like we just have to keep working together and keep working hard and executing plays. ”

The team has kicked up the intensity of their practices since getting back on the field Aug. 5, moving to two-a-day practices and full-pad sessions on the field, and the team is working to meet the demands of a more rigorous schedule.

“Their attitude has been tremendous, I love what they’re doing,” Turner said. “They’re working hard every day and coming together as a team.”

Building a strong team chemistry has been a point of emphasis and wide receiver Dominique Rhymes knows how important it will be for everyone to play their part in order for the team to be competitive when the season begins.

“I want to see everybody contribute, whether it’s on offense or special teams, blocking… wherever that might be,” Rhymes said  about himself and his fellow receivers.

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