FAU's changes include wardrobe

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Monday, August 22, 2005

BOCA RATON Florida Atlantic's new look this season won't be limited to the young players in the lineup.

The Owls will debut an updated helmet design and uniform this season, beginning at Kansas on Sept. 3.

The design on the helmet will feature one of FAU's changed logos, which were adopted this spring.

The uniforms are a result of FAU's partnership with Nike, which will outfit all of the Owls' athletic teams this season.

Players like the look.

"I'm not into looks, but I like it," said FAU senior linebacker Shomari Earls. "We're upgrading. They changed it up and it looks good."

FAU had had the same helmets and uniforms since the team's first game in 2001 and sold most of the old uniforms at its spring game.

Still banged up: FAU had a short practice Sunday after a scrimmage was postponed Saturday.

While some of the players who were banged up made a return to the practice field, starting tight end Dantson Dareus did not practice and will be held out until Wednesday because of a sore knee.

Starting fullback Aaron Sanchez ran on the sidelines during practice and is day to day with a thigh bruise.

Even with the players injured, FAU coach Howard Schnellenberger expects a to hold a final pre-season scrimmage this week and to begin preparing for Kansas by Friday or Saturday.

"We've actually got a lot accomplished, but we'll have to get more work done at another time when we have the scrimmage later in the week," Schnellenberger said.

Noteworthy: Freshman receivers John Jones and Terence Hall were running plays at running back Sunday. ... The Owls began working on kickoff coverage with sophomore Daniel Kennard and freshman Nick Lomartire split the duties of kicking off.