Sincere earns all-star invite

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

BOCA RATON When Florida Atlantic senior linebacker Cergile Sincere was a freshman, he played on the 2004 team that went to Hawaii and upset the Warriors.

This week, Sincere found out he's going back to Hawaii when he was invited to play in the 2008 Hula Bowl.


"I was really hoping to make it to an all-star game and hopefully there is more to come," said Sincere, a graduate of Glades Central High.

Sincere is the third FAU player to earn an invite to the showcase for college seniors. This season's Hula Bowl is Jan. 12, 2008.

Quarterback Jared Allen and linebacker Chris Laskowski played in the game in 2004.

Sincere remembers watching his former teammates play in that game.

"I was very excited to watch 'Ski' out there making plays and Jared doing his thing," Sincere said. "I was watching that and thinking I wanted to play in that game one day."

Sincere, who is second on the team with 82 tackles and leads the Owls with five forced fumbles this season, is optimistic that he could showcase his skills for NFL scouts and coaches in attendance.

"Hopefully I can stay healthy for the rest of this season and then go out there and impress enough coaches there to play at the next level," Sincere said.

Owls ready for anything: Arkansas State quarterback Corey Leonard missed last Saturday's 27-24 victory against FIU with a reported rib injury, but FAU coach Howard Schnellenberger doesn't see Leonard sitting out Saturday's game between the Owls (4-4, 2-2 Sun Belt) and Indians (4-5, 2-3) at Lockhart Stadium.

"I look for the first-string quarterback to play," Schnellenberger said.

Schnellenberger said the Owls will be prepared for both Leonard, one of the top quarterbacks in the Sun Belt, and backup Travis Hewitt, who was 19-of-30 for 174 yards against FIU.

"One is a very experienced quarterback who has played extremely well," Schnellenberger said. "One is somewhat behind him because he doesn't start who had a very good game against FIU. I don't think the offense is going to change that much, but certainly the experience will be a factor."

Arkansas State coach Steve Roberts said Monday that Leonard is day-to-day and nothing has changed in his status since Saturday when Leonard was in street clothes during the Indians' victory.

FAU, coming off a bye week, had several players sit out practice last week, but most returned Tuesday. The only starter to miss significant time during the workout was senior safety Kris Bartels, who has a thigh contusion.