Injured FAU tight end offers counsel

Special to The Palm Beach Post

Thursday, October 30, 2008

BOCA RATON Injured tight end Jason Harmon may not be on the field, but he's still playing a role in the Owls' victories.

Rob Housler sought his advice after dropping a potential tying touchdown pass against Louisiana-Monroe on Saturday, forcing the Owls to settle for a field goal.

"He told me, 'Put it past you and come back because we are still in this game,''" Housler said.

Housler soon redeemed himself. He caught four passes from quarterback Rusty Smith on the winning drive.

"He was really special," said FAU coach Howard Schnellenberger, who awarded Housler the offensive game ball.

Harmon, out with a torn ACL, caught 63 passes in 2007. Housler and Jamari Grant combined to catch 10 balls for 103 yards Saturday. This season, their totals are 45 catches for 771 yards and a TD.