FAU's Jackson may win LT spot

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Monday, August 27, 2007

BOCA RATON When Florida Atlantic faces Middle Tennessee at 4 p.m. Saturday in the opening game of the season, junior Brandon Jackson might start at left tackle ahead of sophomore Lavoris Williams.

"Lavoris is doing pretty good, but you can tell he's a rookie," FAU coach Howard Schnellenberger said. "Brandon has been playing a lot with the ones and we'll have to decide this week what we'll do with him."


Williams was thought to be the replacement for Nello Faulk, who graduated, at left tackle.

Williams worked with the first team in spring practice and for most of pre-season training camp. But in the past few practices, the 6-foot-3, 288-pound Jackson has taken more snaps with the first team than Williams.

Jackson started four games last season at left guard, but was suspended for three games for what Schnellenberger said was "conduct detrimental to the team."

Jackson started in this year's training camp and has performed well.

"I feel that I have the ability to be there and I can handle it," Jackson said. "If it's to be, it is up to me. It's different from being guard but I think I'm adjusting."

Noteworthy: Kicker Warley Leroy was kicking Sunday for the first time since straining his groin last week. ... The FAU SportsPage Radio show will debut at 7 tonight on 640-AM broadcasting from a pep rally at Coyote Jack's Grill on the FAU campus.

Florida State

ESPN visits FSU: Portions of Wednesday's "Seminole Uprising Pep Rally" will be aired live on ESPN's 25 Hours of College Football with Wendi Nix.

The pep rally will take place at Tully Gymnasium in Tallahassee. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the event will start at 7.