Wednesday, August 10, 2005
On Monday, less than a week after losing defensive tackle Jason Pugh to a season-ending injury, the Owls found out strong safety Christian Amaya was ruled ineligible by the NCAA. And Tuesday, All-Sun Belt senior linebacker Shomari Earls left practice with a sore hamstring. He is questionable for today's practice.
Redshirt freshman Vinnie Henderson has taken the majority of snaps at Pugh's position.
"It's a major loss because of the experience he had at the tackle position," said Schnellenberger of Pugh, who tore a pectoral muscle while lifting weights last week.
Amaya lost his eligibility because the NCAA
ruled his five years of eligibility began when he played for Glenville (
The school earned of Amaya's fate just hours before the first practice.
"We thought Christian was a long shot because of the NCAA's history of asinine decisions," FAU defensive coordinator Kirk Hoza said. "The NCAA needs to have a better understanding of student-athletes and what they are going through."
Sophomore Kris Bartels will have a chance to compete for the strong safety position vacated by Amaya.
FAU's defense does have three returning starters, including Earls and senior cornerback Willie Hughley, who has a program-best 14 interceptions.
"I have confidence in
everyone I am playing with because we all know what's at stake and what's
expected of us," said Earls, a
Noteworthy: The last stop of the Owl Tour will be
from 6-8 tonight fromat Duffy's Jupiter East (