BOCA RATON -- Seven starts and 20 tackles.
That's all the experience on Florida Atlantic's defensive line, which is
expected to start two sophomores and two redshirt
"It will be trial by
fire," said Josh Pinnick (6 feet 5, 240
pounds), the one with the most experience. He had six starts last season as a
true freshman, with 14 tackles and one sack.
"It's funny I am the old man on the line after one year. I know we are
young, but we have some athletes out here right now," Pinnick said after FAU's second
"It's hard to find any upperclassmen to put in there," coach Howard
Schnellenberger said about the defensive line,
which lost senior Jason Pugh for the season when he tore a chest muscle
during weight training over the summer. Pugh had 10 starts and 11 tackles
"That was a huge loss," Schnellenberger
said, adding that there is a positive. "It will be the most talented
group I have ever had."
The only other projected starter with game experience is sophomore Josh
Jenkins (6-3, 212), who when to high school at Dillard.
INJURY REPORT: Linebacker Shomari Earls and running
back Charles Pierre both left practice early with sore hamstrings. They are
questionable for today's practice, the first in pads.