FAU's rebuilt lineup is shaping up

By Ted Hutton
Staff Writer
Posted August 22 2005

 

BOCA RATON -- Near the end of last season, Florida Atlantic's senior defensive linemen gathered the unit together.

"They told us we would have to do it this year, that we weren't babies anymore," said Josh Jenkins, who was completing his freshman season.

Jenkins said that is when he and the rest of the underclassmen starting growing up fast, knowing they would have to fill the vacancies left by departing seniors.

Jenkins, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound sophomore now, is expected to start, along with 12 others who will be making their first starts as FAU rebuilds.

With less than two weeks before the Owls open at Kansas on Sept. 3, FAU's lineup is taking shape, though injuries could be a factor, depending on how quickly players heal.

Expected to join Jenkins on the defensive line are redshirt freshmen Vinnie Henderson (6-5, 270) and Jervonte Jackson (6-3, 290) and sophomore Josh Pinnick (6-5, 222), the only returning starter.

Linebackers are expected to be seniors Shomari Earls (6-4, 250) and Erik Benson (6-3, 230) and sophomore Cergile Sincere (6-0, 213). Earls is the returning starter.

The cornerbacks are seniors Lawrence Gordon (5-11, 175) and Willie Hughley (6-0, 170), and the safeties junior Troy Pindell (6-3, 193) and sophomore Kris Bartels (5-10, 190). Gordon and Hughley started last season.

Senior Danny Embick (6-1, 215) is the quarterback, with redshirt freshman DiIvory Edgecomb (5-10, 185) at tailback and senior Aaron Sanchez (5-10, 220), a returning starter, at fullback.

Wide receivers will be redshirt freshman Frantz Simeon (5-10, 172) and junior Casey McGahee (5-9, 155). Senior Dantson Dareus (6-5, 238), a returning starter, will be at tight end.

The offensive line has three starters back: sophomores Jarrid Smith (6-2, 258) and Antes Perkins (6-4, 285) and junior Nello Faulk (6-6, 270).

Newcomers are expected to be junior Stetson Wilson (6-6, 310) and redshirt freshman Zachary Wichner (6-4, 280).