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  Grayson James came on to throw three fourth-quarter touchdowns then added another in overtime plus a 2-point conversion to give FIU a 38-37 win over Bryant on Thursday night. After Bryant scored on the first possession of overtime on Zevi Eckhaus' pass to Anthony Frederick, James connected with Tyrese Chambers on a 5-yard score. New FIU coach Mike MacIntyre decided to go for two and James found EJ Wilson Jr. for the win. Bryant took a 30-27 lead on Ishod Byarm's 1-yarder with 43 seconds left in regulation and it looked as if the Bulldogs would get their first win over an FBS opponent. But a targeting call on fourth down kept the Panthers alive and James covered 48 yards on three passes to set up Chase Gabriel's 29-yard field goal as time ran out. FIU won after losing its final 11 games last season.

Gunnar Holmberg, Duke's starter last year, threw for a touchdown before James took over in the third quarter. James finished 16-of-31 for 207 yards and Holmberg 14-of-20 for 103. Chambers and Kris Mitchell each had two TD catches. Eckhaus was 18-of-22 passing for 243 yards. Gage Moloney added 106 yards passing with a score. Byarm had two touchdowns. Anthony Frederick had 101 yards receiving with a score. It was Bryant's first game in Florida where fourth-year Bryant's Chris Merritt was head coach at Christopher Columbus High School for 18 years, just a few miles from FIU, before being hired by the Bulldogs. - AP College Football


So/2025 QB Grayson JamesFlorida International
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  FIU football player Luke Knox, who appeared in 23 games at Mississippi before joining the Panthers and was the brother of Buffalo Bills tight end Dawson Knox, has died, the university said Thursday. Luke Knox died Wednesday evening, school officials said. The cause was not revealed, though the university said police do not suspect foul play. Knox, who studied business, was 22. "Words cannot express the heartfelt sorrow we feel because of the passing of our teammate and friend, Luke Knox," FIU coach Mike MacIntyre wrote on social media. "I had the honor of coaching Luke at Ole Miss and at FIU. While I admired his passion for football, his genuine love for his family and teammates is what I will always remember." FIU players were told of Knox's death late Wednesday. Thursday's practice was canceled, and grief counselors were brought in to meet with the team and others from the university community. Dawson Knox, Luke Knox's older brother, is entering his fourth season with the Bills. - AP College Football

rSr/2023 OLB Luke KnoxFlorida International
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  2022 PRESEASON JOHN MACKEY AWARD WATCH LIST: RIVALDO FAIRWEATHER, FIU,...Fairweather hauled in a total of 16 catches for 247 yards and a score during the 2021 season. The athletic tight end averaged over 15 yards per reception and registered five catches of at least 20 yards. During the 2020 campaign, Fairweather collected 10 receptions for 165 yards, including a career-long 67-yard catch that went for a touchdown. - FIU Football

rSo/2025 TE Rivaldo FairweatherFlorida International
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  2022 PRESEASON BILETNIKOFF AWARD WATCH LIST: Tyrese Chambers, FIU,...Chambers established himself as one of the top deep threats in college football during a record-breaking campaign last season. He ranked second nationally with an average of 23.9 yards per reception in 2021, while posting the top single season receiving-yard performance in FIU annals (1,074 yards).

The Baltimore, Md., native also recorded the most touchdown catches in a season by a FIU player - with nine. Chambers' 91-yard TD catch at Southern Mississippi on Nov. 27 marked FIU's longest play from scrimmage in program history. He recorded a total of 10 catches of at least 40 yards in 2021. Chambers is the third FIU player to be named to the watch list for the Biletnikoff Award, joining T.Y. Hilton (2011) and Chandler Williams (2006). - FIU Football


rJr/2024 WR Tyrese ChambersFlorida International
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  From one to 10, the level of excitement new FIU football coach Mike MacIntyre is feeling for his first fall camp with the Panthers breaks the scale. "It's way above 10," MacIntyre said. The Panthers, who will have their first fall practice on August 1, have added six players since spring practice ended in April. The Panthers also got starting safety Dorian Hall off the injury list. That leaves FIU with 83 scholarship players. MacIntyre wants to keep two scholarships in his back pocket just in case desirable players become available. Luke Knox, a 6-3, 240-pound outside linebacker, spent the past four years at Ole Miss, making two starts in 2019. He was switched to tight end last year, but MacIntyre wants him on defense. His older brother is Buffalo Bills starting tight end Dawson Knox. - Miami Herald

rSr/2023 OLB Luke KnoxFlorida International
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  Ex-FIU running back D'vonte Price has a legit shot at making the Indianapolis Colts as an undrafted free agent this fall. Just ask his former FIU coach, Butch Davis. "He can run and catch, and he's also big enough for blitz pickup," Davis said of Price, listed at 6-2 and 215 pounds and with 4.57 speed in the 40. "He can play special teams, too, which will help." The Colts appear to have an opening for a third-string running back, which could be an ideal spot for Price.

If he makes the Colts, Price can learn from starter Jonathan Taylor, who is coming off a Pro Bowl season in which he led the NFL in rushing yards (1,811) and rushing touchdowns (18). Price could also learn from Taylor's backup, Nyheim Hines, who averaged 4.9 yards per rush last season. In four years in the NFL, Hines is averaging 676 scrimmage yards and 53 receptions per season. - Miami Herald


rSr/2022 RB DVonte PriceFlorida International
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  2021 ALL-CONFERENCE USA HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): DT: Davon Strickland, RS So., FIU,...Strickland was a mainstay all season on the defensive front for the Panthers all season - appearing in all 12 games and registering 53 stops, including three sacks and six tackles for loss. The sophomore also blocked an extra point in FIU's season finale at Southern Mississippi. - Conference USA Football

rJr/2024 DE Davon StricklandFlorida International
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  2021 ALL-CONFERENCE USA HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): RB: D'Vonte Price, Sr., FIU,...Price finished his career as the second-leading career rusher in FIU history with 2,203 yards - just the sixth Panther to eclipse the 2,000-yard milestone. He averaged 5.2 yards per carry as a senior while compiling 682 yards and six touchdowns. - Conference USA Football

rSr/2022 RB DVonte PriceFlorida International
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  2021 ALL-CONFERENCE USA SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DB: Richard Dames, Sr., FIU,...Dames closed out his senior season as the Panthers' leader in tackles in 2021 with 95 stops - including 60 solo tackles. His 95 stops ranked seventh among conference leaders and his average of 5.0 solo tackles per game ranked 29th nationally. Dames also added an interception to increase his career total to four. - Conference USA Football

rSr/2022 SS Richard DamesFlorida International
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  2021 ALL-CONFERENCE USA SECOND TEAM (COACHES): WR: Tyrese Chambers, So., FIU,...Chambers was a big play threat for the Panthers throughout the 2021 campaign, as he ranked second nationally with an average of 23.9 yards per reception. He also posted the top single season receiving-yard performance in FIU annals with his total of 1,074 yards. Chambers also hauled in the most touchdown catches in a season by a FIU player - with nine in 2021. Chambers 91-yard TD catch at Southern Mississippi on Nov. 27 marked FIU's longest play from scrimmage in program history. - Conference USA Football

rJr/2024 WR Tyrese ChambersFlorida International
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  2021 ALL-CONFERENCE USA FIRST TEAM (COACHES): P: Tommy Heatherly, Sr., FIU,...Heatherly is a three-time All-CUSA selection after earning honorable mention in 2019 and 2020. He closes out his FIU career as the top overall punter in program annals. Heatherly boasts each of the top two single season punting averages in program history - including the top mark of 46.8 set in 2021. The Grove, Okla., native placed 21 punts inside the 20-yard line and boomed 27 punts over 50 yards this season - he also forced 12 fair catches. - Conference USA Football

rSr/2022 P Tommy HeatherlyFlorida International
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  Florida International receiver Tyrese Chambers announced the Boilermakers have made his top five transfer destinations along with Mississippi State, Nebraska, Arizona State and Maryland. Chambers set program records for single-season receiving yards (1,074) and touchdowns (9). He ranked second nationally averaging 23.9 yards per catch. Chambers played at four different schools since graduating high school, including two junior colleges. - Journal and Courier

rJr/2024 WR Tyrese ChambersFlorida International
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  Syracuse receiver Sharod Johnson will seek a transfer to play out his sixth season at another school in 2022. Johnson submitted his name into the NCAA's transfer portal, according to multiple recruiting sites that track the growing number of transfers around the nation. By entering the portal, coaches can formally recruit him. Johnson is a graduate transfer with one season of eligibility remaining. A starter this past season, he caught 14 passes for 184 yards. Both were career highs. - The Post-Standard

rSr/2023 WR Sharod JohnsonFlorida International
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  2021 CONFERENCE USA SPECIAL TEAMS PLAYER OF THE YEAR (COACHES): FIU P Tommy Heatherly is the league's Special Teams Player of the Year, becoming the first Panther to earn that distinction in program history. Heatherly boasts each of the two best single-season punting averages in program history - including the top mark of 46.8 set in 2021 - which ranked eighth nationally and led C-USA. The Grove, Oklahoma, native placed 21 punts inside the 20-yard line and boomed 27 punts over 50 yards this season - he also forced 12 fair catches by opponents. Heatherly had a punt of at least 60 yards in six games in 2021. Heatherly's 3,418 total punting yards rank as the fourth-most nationally in 2021. - Conference USA Football

rSr/2022 P Tommy HeatherlyFlorida International
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  2021 ALL-SOUTHERN CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM (COACHES): LB Donovan Manuel, R-So., ETSU,...Earned a spot on the Coaches and Media First Team All-SoCon for the second consecutive season...Leads the Bucs in tackles with 103, becoming the first triple-digit tackler for the Bucs since Dylan Weigel had 106 in 2016...Second on the team in both tackles for loss (7.5) and sacks (3.0), while also recording one fumble recovery and one forced fumble...Twice named SoCon Defensive Player of the Week this season (Nov. 6 vs. VMI & Nov. 13 at WCU). - East Tennessee State Football

rJr/2024 ILB Donovan ManuelFlorida International
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