Two FIU football players shot in drive-by attack

Troubling news out of South Florida as Florida International confirmed that two football players, including the team’s starting running back, were shot in an off-campus incident on Thursday afternoon.

The Associated Press relayed more details of the incident, which took place in an area north of campus:

Opa-locka police chief James Dobson identified the players as running back Anthony Jones and offensive lineman Mershawn Miller. Jones was shot in the face and back, while Miller was shot in the arm. Both players were taken to Ryder Trauma Center, Jones getting airlifted there and Miller taken by ambulance.

Dobson said the condition of both players is stable, and that the injuries were not life-threatening. Police believe that Jones and Miller were visiting a friend in Opa-locka when someone in another car opened fire and sped away.

What a scary situation to hear about but thankfully it’s good to see that both are in stable condition. FIU did not release a further statement beyond the one tweeted above but more information from head coach Butch Davis is expected in the coming days.

On the field for the Panthers, Jones’ absence from the lineup could be considerable as he rushed for a team-high 88 yards and scored two touchdowns in the team’s opener against Indiana. The senior from Miami appeared to be the starter at the position going forward, while Miller was set to be the backup guard for the team and contribute to the depth along the line.

FIU’s next game is on Saturday at Old Dominion.