FAU competition at corner goes down to wire

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

BOCA RATON It appears Florida Atlantic redshirt freshman Tavoris Hill may have beaten out redshirt sophomore Tavious Polo for one of the Owls' cornerback spots and could start Saturday when FAU open the season at No. 11 Texas.

The 6-foot, 170-pound Hill has spent most of this week practicing with the first-team defense, with Polo getting most of his practice time when the Owls are using five defensive backs.

Polo led the Owls and was ninth in the nation last season as a freshman with seven interceptions, but he spent the majority of camp hampered by a sore left ankle.

FAU coach Howard Schnellenberger said the competition was so close during pre-season training camp, he may have to wait until Saturday to decide who will start.

"It will be right down to the wire which one we'll send out there to start, but both will play," Schnellenberger said.