FAU guard sizes up situation
Palm Beach Post Staff Writer
Thursday, September 01, 2005
BOCA RATON — When Florida Atlantic faces Kansas in its season opener, at least one
player in an FAU uniform may look like he should be in the Jayhawks'
Owls offensive tackle Nick Paris, the
heaviest player on FAU's offensive line, may be able to
scarf down more Kansas City barbecue than many
Paris, whose weight peaked at 333 pounds
last season, is believed to be the biggest player in FAU history. The 6-foot-1 Paris weighs 312 pounds now and will make his first career
start at left guard when FAU faces Kansas
at 7 p.m. Saturday.
Paris, a redshirt
freshman from Palm Bay, would fit in perfectly
offensive line, which averages 6-5, 294 pounds. And he is looking forward to
facing the Jayhawks' defensive line that averages
6-4, 253 pounds.
"My weight will help, but
you still have to have it in your heart and your head," Paris said.
Paris' opportunity arose when Brandon Jackson injured his knee
early in training camp. Jackson may return after
game, but Paris and Zach Wichner
are trying to make the most of their chances.
"Once I saw the schedule
I knew I would have a chance to play this season," Paris said.
Paris has impressed coach Howard Schnellenberger
with his agility, footwork and work ethic.
"He's doing good," Schnellenberger said.
"He's our best drive blocker. There's nothing like a pit bull in a
Noteworthy: Junior tight end Demetrious
Murray, who had impressed coaches with his pass-catching ability, has a torn
anterior cruciate ligament and will be out for the
season. Murray, a junior college transfer, had moved up the depth chart after
reporting to camp a few days late