Upset win would suit Tampa trio just fine
BOCA RATON - Florida Atlantic tight end Jason
Harmon was interested in going to his hometown college. But when
South Florida coaches told Harmon they wanted him to play safety,
Harmon's plans changed. "I don't like defense, so I pushed them
away," Harmon said.
Enter FAU, who said Harmon would get a shot at playing receiver, and Harmon joined several other Tampa natives who became Owls and face No. 6 USF on Saturday at Lockhart Stadium.
"All my high school basically went to USF. Everybody that I know is going to go to the game. It's going to be fun," Harmon said.
FAU wide receiver Conshario Johnson went to Middleton High in
Tampa and said the Bulls showed some interest.
"I didn't want to stay in my hometown. I wanted to see some new things, but I didn't want to leave Florida," Johnson said.
Johnson and Harmon were joined by fellow sophomore and Tampa resident Chris Bonner, who went to Gaither High.
Like Johnson, Bonner said the Bulls had expressed an interest but he also wanted to get away from home.
"Coach Schnellenberger had a good program, and I wanted to be part of building it up," Johnson said.
The trio were part of a recruiting class that dubbed themselves "The Franchise," since they joined FAU as it was completing its move from then Division I-AA to I-A and joining the Sun Belt.
They now have a chance to vault FAU's 7-year-old program to new heights if the Owls (3-2) can upset the Bulls (4-0) in the 3:30 p.m. game that will be broadcast nationally on ESPNU.
"It's going to be like a family reunion," said Bonner, since he, Johnson and Harmon all know many players on the USF roster, and their families and relatives will be joining the thousands of Bulls fans expected to make the drive across the state.
Harmon expects to be running routes against USF linebacker Tyrone McKenzie, who was a year ahead when both played at Riverview High. "We've been talking trash about this game since the beginning of the year," Harmon said. "I wanted them to win until they got to us and then we can beat them to make it look even better."