FAU coach relishes 'man's game' vs. Michigan State

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Thursday, September 11, 2008

BOCA RATON Florida Atlantic coach Howard Schnellenberger is wary of facing an offense like Michigan State's, but he is happy that he won't be going against another team that relies heavily on the spread offense Saturday.

"It's going to be a man's game," Schnellenberger said. "It's not going to be a glorified basketball game. It will be a football game."

Michigan State's offense more closely resembles the pro-style sets FAU uses instead of the multiple receiver schemes many teams use.

FAU senior defensive end Jervonte Jackson is excited to get in a game that will be physical in the trenches when the Owls play the Spartans at noon in East Lansing, Mich.

"I know they are going to try and knock me off the ball," Jackson said. "I can't let that happen."

Michigan State is led by senior running back Javon Ringer, who had five touchdowns last week in MSU's 42-10 victory vs. Eastern Michigan