FAU works overtime to prepare for OSU

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

BOCA RATON Florida Atlantic's practice Tuesday was interrupted by rain for about 40 minutes, but the Owls returned to the field and practiced until a large number of the players had to leave for night classes.

"That's a good opportunity for us to get prepared for an overtime game," FAU coach Howard Schnellenberger said.


An overtime game sounds optimistic, considering the Owls are underdogs heading into Saturday's game against Oklahoma State in Stillwater, Okla.

However, after the Owls defeated Middle Tennessee 27-14 last Saturday, FAU quarterback Rusty Smith is excited about facing the Cowboys, who lost their season opener to Georgia 35-14.

"Oklahoma State is bigger and faster and stronger so we are going to go into this game prepared to play harder and play bigger than we did this week," Smith said.

"We're going to have to play almost perfect football. We are going to have to take away mistakes and dropped balls. I made some mistakes and we're going to have to take away those errors."

Injury report: Starting left guard David Matlock missed practice with a left knee injury as well as a strained hamstring and is listed as day to day. Wide receiver Chad Wilkes also remains listed as day to day with a strained hamstring, but did participate in some drills Tuesday.

Noteworthy: Spanish River graduate Jason Chery was named the Sun Belt Conference Special Teams Player of the Week after making all Louisiana-Lafayette's special teams tackles in a 28-14 loss to South Carolina.