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FAU Owls Football News ARCHIVE 2005-2009

Predictions for the Sun Belt Conference August 20, 2009
1. Offensive player of the year: Rusty Smith, QB, FAU --Smith had a tough go last year, but said he's healthy and free of distractions this season.
Five things to watch in the Sun Belt Conference August 20, 2009
1. The return of Rusty Smith: The FAU senior quarterback came into last season...
Sun Belt continues improvement with lots of talent August 20, 2009
The Sun Belt had a season to remember in 2007, when league members pulled off three victories over teams in the "Big Six" conferences.
Josh Savidge leads the way for defense August 19, 2009
Boca Raton - Just in case his teammates might forget who the Owls face in a little more than two weeks, defensive lineman Josh Savidge offers frequent reminders during practice.
At fullback, FAU's Willie Rose a Sun Belt rarity August 18, 2009
BOCA RATON - The list is short when NFL scouts start looking for fullbacks.
Cortez Gent primed for big senior season August 18, 2009
Boca Raton - Before Saturday's first scrimmage of Florida Atlantic's preseason camp, senior wide receiver Cortez Gent said the offense had high expectations....
Jeff VanCamp is Poised and Confident August 18, 2009
Junior Jeff Van Camp was introduced to the game of football at an early age..
Howard Schnellenberger: 75 going on 50 August 17, 2009
When Howard Schnellenberger went to bed Saturday night, his wife, Beverlee, was reading an online story about Florida Atlantic's scrimmage earlier that day.
New comers get experience in Owls' backfield August 16, 2009
BOCA RATON - There were more new faces in Florida Atlantic's backfield on Sunday.
Mistake-prone offense falters in Saturday's scrimmage August 15, 2009
Boca Raton - Florida Atlantic's first preseason scrimmage Saturday had the opposite outcome than expected..
No loser in battle for tight end August 13, 2009
Boca Raton - There is no loser for the Owls in the battle for the starting tight end job.
Owls glad Kevin Cyrille got homesick August 11, 2009
Boca Raton - The idea of getting far from home and to a place that some of his former high school teammates enjoyed had an appeal for Kevin Cyrille.
Five questions facing FAU football August 6, 2009
Is this the year Rusty Smith emerges as a nationally renowned quarterback?
Two Owls running backs likely out for the season August 5, 2009
Boca Raton - Florida Atlantic's depth at running back has taken two major hits before the opening of preseason camp.
FAU finds possible source of up-front cash for $62 million football stadium July 20, 2009
A football stadium for Florida Atlantic University is one step closer to kick off under a development proposal with the Boca Raton firm Crocker Partners.
FAU Owls look to rebuild defense in spring football practice March 24, 2009
Boca Raton - Howard Schnellenberger has some rebuilding to do following the loss of 20 seniors.  And most of it will be on defense.
FAU's Frantz Joseph pulls in NFL scouts for his pro timing day February 26, 2009
Boca Raton - Florida Atlantic holds a pro timing day every season so its seniors can try to impress NFL scouts, but the Owls have never had one like Thursday's.
Rising to the occasion: FAU wins second straight bowl December 26, 2008
Detroit - Florida Atlantic, a team many believed didn't deserve to play in the post-season, took another step forward with a 24-21 victory over Central Michigan Friday in the Motor City Bowl.
Two models in Motor City December 12, 2008
Detroit - It's an interesting juxtaposition of the old and new.  Florida Atlantic's Division I football program is less than five years old.
FAU to play Central Michigan in Motor City Bowl December 7, 2008
Florida Atlantic accepted a bid to play Central Michigan in the Motor City Bowl in Detroit.
Howard Schnellenberger proud of FAU's offense and defense November 16, 2008
BOCA RATON - FAU coach Howard Schnellenberger's praise for the Owls' performance in Saturday's 40-29 victory over Sun Belt leader Louisiana-Lafayette grew more resounding after having a day to watch the game tape.
Louisiana-Lafayette falls 40-29 to Florida Atlantic November 16, 2008
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. - Lousiana-Lafayette can now focus on Troy, but the Ragin' Cajuns have been doing that before their game against Florida Atlantic on Saturday.
FAU's defensive stands thwart Cajuns November 15, 2008
FORT LAUDERDALE - Even though Florida Atlantic's offense produced its best first half of the season, credit two defensive stands in Owls territory for allowing FAU to enter halftime with a comfortable 19 point lead.
Florida Atlantic beats Louisiana-Lafayette 40-29 November 15, 2008
Rusty Smith threw four touchdown passes as Florida Atlantic beat Louisiana-Lafayette 40-29 on Saturday.
Charles Pierre determined not to go down easily November 9, 2008
Florida Atlantic coach Howard Schnellenberger credits Charles Pierre's emergence this season for his ability to shake off the last tackler.
Wise Owl: FAU walk-on preparing for medical school November 4, 2008
Boca Raton - Robert St. Clair Sr. fled Haiti nearly 30 years ago, settled in Belle Glade and worked in construction before running his own landscaping business in West Palm Beach.
FAU Owls: North Texas' weak stats are deceptive November 4, 2008
Boca Raton - Florida Atlantic is trying to ignore North Texas' record and dreadful stats.  After all, the Owls are two game-saving drives from being right there with the 1-8 Mean Green.
Injured FAU tight end offers counsel October 30, 2008
Boca Raton - Injured tight end Jason Harmon may not be on the field, but he's still playing a roll in the Owls' victories.
FAU beats La-Monroe on late drive October 25, 2008
MONROE, La. - In the end, all the penalties, turnovers, dropped passes and poor decisions didn't matter.
Penalties, dropped passes hurt FAU football team October 21, 2008
Florida Atlantic returned to practice Tuesday hoping to ride the momentum created by its victory at Western Kentucky on Saturday that snapped a four-game losing streak.
Charles Pierre's record-setting game gives FAU needed win October 18, 2008
Bowling Green, Ky. - Maybe it wasn't Rusty Smith's shoulder injury that ailed Florida Atlantic's offense the past month.  Charles Pierre's turf toe may have been the real reason behind the decline.
FAU seniors accept challenge of leading salvage job October 15, 2008
Boca Raton - If Florida Atlantic is going to salvage its season after a 1-5 start, the Owls' seniors will have to spark a change.
FAU's Rusty Smith faults injury for bad mechanics October 13, 2008
Boca Raton - Florida Atlantic fans have been wondering why they haven't seen the Rusty Smith with the rocket arm that was the Sun Belt Conference player of the year in 2007.
Troy official implies late hits by FAU player October 12, 2008
A nomination for Sun Belt players of the week included allegations of two late hits by a Florida Atlantic player, including one that resulted in a season-ending injury to Troy quarterback Jamie Hampton.
Howard Schnellenberger and FAU (1-5) vow to keep fighting October 8, 2008
Boca Raton - FAU coach Howard Schnellenberger said Wednesday that he is not worried about losing his team after another disappointing result, one that virtually eliminates it from repeating as Sun Belt Conference champions.
Four turnovers do in Owls October 8, 2008
Fort Lauderdale - In a must-win game, Florida Atlantic's numerous mistakes never gave the Owls a chance.
Owls know they must cut down on turnovers to turn season around October 6, 2008
Boca Raton - After searching for answers to what ails FAU's offense, the consensus is in..turnovers have grounded the once high-flying Owls.
FAU faces Troy in critical game Tuesday night on ESPN2. October 6, 2008
Boca Raton - Since winning its first conference title and playing in its first bowl game last season, expectations have ben raised at Florida Atlantic University.
Troy's new quarterback keeps offense on track October 5, 2008
Boca Raton - Troy expected to struggle on offense this season, since they had to replace quarterback Omar Haugabook, whose running and passing had led the Trojans to the 2006 Sun Belt title and to an 8-4 season in 2007.
Owls happy to be back at home October 4, 2008
After three straight road games, all of them losses, the Owls are looking forward to being back at Lockhart Stadium for Tuesday's ESNP2 game against Troy.
Owls get some good news as center returns to practice October 3, 2008
Boca Raton - There was some good news for the beleaguered Owls Friday, as senior center Nick Paris was back at practice for the first time since injuring his foot a week before the first game of the season.
Howard Schnellenberger lays into FAU players after loss October 3, 2008
Boca Raton - Finally, it was time.  Time for Howard Schnellenberger, in his words, to treat FAU like "a big-league football team".
Owls face must-win game against Troy October 2, 2008
Before Tuesday's game against Middle Tennessee, Owls players were saying that it was a must-win game because it was the conference opener.
Hail Mary shocks Owls October 1, 2008
Murfreesboro, Tenn - It was payback, five years later.  The first time Florida Atlantic played Middle Tennessee in 2003, the Owls upset the Blue Raiders on a 62-yard pass with no time left for a 20-19 win.
Craddock's 32-yard TD pass as time expires lifts Middle Tennessee September 30, 2008
Murfreesboro, Tenn - Joe Craddock threw a 32-yard touchdown pass to freshman Malcolm Beyah as time expired Tuesday night and Middle Tennessee Sate beat Florida Atlantic 14-13.
Florida Atlantic falls to Middle Tennessee 14-13 on last-second pass September 30, 2008
Murfreesboro, Tenn - There was another dramatic finish in a game between Florida Atlantic and Middle Tennessee on Tuesday, but this time it was the Blue raiders who used a long touchdown pass with no time on the clock to stun the Owls 14-13.
FAU's Rusty Smith has struggled, but confidence remains September 30, 2008
Rusty Smith shifts in his seat, stares the questioner in the eyes and once again tries to explain what has gone wrong.
FAU looks for offense September 29, 2008
Boca Raton - With nearly the entire starting lineup on Florida Atlantic's offense returning from last year's team, there weren't many questions raised about the Owls' production during the pre-season.
Defense has had trouble stopping the run September 28, 2008
Boca Raton - While Middle Tennessee has had trouble running the ball this season, expect them to test the Owls defense.
Owls are focused in on rival Middle Tennessee September 27, 2008
Boca Raton - Following another intense practice Saturday afternoon, it appears the Owls are focused in on Middle Tennessee, who they face Tuesday on ESPN2 in FAU's conference opener.
For Owls, it is full speed ahead September 26, 2008
The mantra this week for the Owls is "full speed". 
Florida Atlantic's Howard Schnellenberger glad to begin Sun Belt games September 26, 2008
Boca Raton - When asked how he felt about Florida Atlantic starting its Sun Belt Conferences schedule, Owls coach Howard Schnellenberger responded, "hallelujah."
FAU still stingy on sacks September 26, 2008
Boca Raton - Florida Atlantic's offensive line gave up its first sack of the season last Saturday in its 37-3 loss to Minnesota.
MTSU's early schedule hurt Sun Belt title chances September 25, 2008
While the Owls will be playing their first Sun Belt game Tuesday, their host will be playing their third.
FAU goes back to basics September 24, 2008
Boca Raton - Florida Atlantic doesn't play again until Tuesday and will use the extra time to get back to basics this week, coach Howard Schnellenberger said.
Owls know they have to improve with conference schedule ahead September 24, 2008
Boca Raton - The Owls' head into the conference portion of their schedule trying to forget the struggles they had in the first four games.
Owls get needed break before they open Sun Belt play September 22, 2008
Owls' coach Howard Schnellenberger met with his players Sunday and said he found a "very somber group."
Brogan pledges FAU stadium will be built by 2010 September 22, 2008
Boca Raton - Florida Atlantic University President Frank Brogan pledged today that a proposed football stadium will be built by 2010 and that ground will be broken on the 30,000 seat structure by the end of winter.
FAU to regroup before Sun Belt opener September 21, 2008
After its 37-3 loss to Minnesota Saturday, Florida Atlantic has plenty to work on before its Sun Belt Conference opener.
Smith not the only player to struggle September 20, 2008
Minneapolis- FAU quarterback Rusty Smith threw four interceptions in Saturday's 37-3 loss to Minnesota, but he wasn't the only culprit in the Owls' woeful performance.
Smith, Owls overmatched in 37-3 loss to Minnesota September 20, 2008
Minneapolis- After Rusty Smith set a Florida Atlantic single-season record with 32 touchdown passes last year, the Owls figured they would be able to put up plenty of points this season.
FAU's offense looks to rebound September 16, 2008
Florida Atlantic players will be quite happy when they look up during their game Saturday at Minnesota.
Coach: FAU's receivers struggled in loss September 14, 2008
Florida Atlantic coach Howard Schnellenberger spent most of Sunday watching videos of the Owls' 17-0 loss to Michigan State.
Wet weather compromises FAU's offense September 13, 2008
East Lansing, Mich. - Florida Atlantic has held many practices in rainy conditions, including tow preseason workouts during Tropical Storm Fay, but that didn't seem to help the Owls on Saturday.
FAU coach relishes 'man's game' vs Michigan State 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.
Owls' offense knows it needs to put up points September 11, 2008
Boca Raton - After the Owls 49-34 win over A-0labama-Birmingham last Saturday, coach Howard Schnellenberger met with reporters before he had been given a sheet with final statistics from the game.
FAU sees similarities between Michigan St., UAB September 10, 2008
Boca Raton - Michigan State's defensive formations looked strangely familiar to Florida Atlantic quarterback Rusty Smith when he watched film of the Spartans this week.
Owls' defense knows what's coming its way September 10, 2008
Owls' defensive lineman Jervonte Jackson knows that Michigan State will try to bowl over FAU's defensive line Saturday to pave the way for running back Javon Ringer.
Is Schnellenberger returning to torment MSU again? September 10, 2008
East Lansing - The last time Howard Schnellenberger stood on the sideline 53 1/2 yards from the one occupied by Michigan State was quite possibly the dreariest night in recent Spartans football history.
Focus is on Owls' defense September 9, 2008
Boca Raton - Florida Atlantic coach Howard Schnellenberger usually divides his time at practice evenly between the offense and defense.
FAU's Tavious Polo struggles after a good season September 9, 2008
Boca Raton - Florida Atlantic cornerback Tavious Polo earned plenty of awards and honors after a breakout freshman season in 2007 when he finished among the nation's leaders with seven interceptions.
Owls enter Big Ten portion of their schedule September 8, 2008
Florida Atlantic will be getting its fill of the Big Ten in its next two games, as the Owls visit Michigan State this Saturday, then head back north to play at Minnesota Sept. 20th.
FAU looks to revamp defense September 7, 2008
Florida Atlantic's most important defensive stand in their 49-34 victory against UAB on Saturday wasn't keyed by a vicous tackle or eluding block.
Owls will simplify game plan for defense September 7, 2008
After reviewing video of Saturday's 49-34 win over Alabama-Birmingham, coach Howard Schnellenberger said there was nothing new to discover.
Owls prevail in the long run September 7, 2008
Fort Lauderdale - Florida Atlantic had to punt just once Saturday against Alabama-Birmingham, with the Owls scoring touchdowns on seven of their nine possessions.
FAU receiver enjoys TD turnaround September 6, 2008
Florida Atlantic wide receiver Cortez Gent made good on his playful midweek boast to quarterback Rusty Smith when he connected on a 33-yard touchdown pass to Chris Bonner on the Owls' first drive Saturday against UAB.
Offense propels FAU in win over UAB September 6, 2008
Fort Lauderdale - A week after a blowout loss to Texas, Florida Atlantic could have used a breather before playing Michigan State next week.
Three TD passes lead Florida Atlantic past UAB September 6, 2008
Fort Lauderdale - Rusty Smith threw three touchdown passes and Charles Pierre ran for two touchdowns as Florida Atlantic Defeated UAB 49-34 on Saturday afternoon.
Owls look to get into win column September 4, 2008
Boca Raton - A week after losing 52-10 to No. 10 Texas, FAU is home for the first time this season against UAB.
FAU QB Rusty Smith set for recruiter turned rival September 4, 2008
Boca Raton - Florida Atlantic quarterback Rusty Smith is motivated to have a good showing Saturday when the Owls host UAB..
Owls must contain UAB quarterback September 4, 2008
After watching Texas quarterback Colt McCoy shred the Owls, Florida Atlantic defensive coodinator Kirk Hoza was hoping for a bit of a break when he started watching film of Alabama-Birmingham.
FAU's defensive line loses another starter September 2, 2008
Boca Raton - Florida Atlantic's struggling defensive line took another hit.
Owls lose second defensive end, get new center September 2, 2008
Florida Atlantic has lost its second starting defensive end, as coach Howard Schnellenberger said Jermaine Council is injured and will not start Saturday against UAB.
Despite loss to Texas, FAU ambitions still high September 1, 2008
Moving past a humbling loss to Texas, the Owls are focused on having a winning season and returning to a bowl game.
Early miscues derail FAU August 31,2008
AUSTIN, Texas - During the week leading up to Saturday night's game against Texas, Florida Atlantic coach Howard Schnellenberger was urging his defense to snag interceptions and force fumbles during every practice.
Owls Fall to Longhorns in 2008 Season Opener August 30,2008
AUSTIN, Texas - FAU tried to capitalize on a young Texas defense, but the No. 11 Longhorns used a powerful veteran offense to defeat the Owls 52-10 in the season opener for both teams.
FAU's Joseph uses his gifts to help team, family August 28,2008
It began when he was a young boy living in Fort Lauderdale, watching his mother weep over her inability to keep the lights on or get new shoes for her children.
FAU competition at corner goes down to wire 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.
FAU seeks clues from Auburn defense August 24,2008
BOCA RATON - As Florida Atlantic prepares to play No. 11 Texas on Saturday in their season opener, FAU's offense has been watching plenty of film on the Longhorns - and of Auburn.
FAU QB Smith is a first-round talent August 22,2008
BOCA RATON - Florida Atlantic recruiters stumbled across him in Jacksonville.
FAU works on game plan as season opener looms August 21,2008
BOCA RATON - Florida Atlantic turned the page on its pre-season camp as the Owls began putting their gameplan in place for their season-opener at No. 11 Texas on Aug. 30.
Defense gets some revenge in 2nd scrimmage August 21,2008
BOCA RATON - After being embarrassed in Florida Atlantic's first scrimmage, the defense roared back to life Wednesday, smothering the offense with aid from the remnants of Tropical Storm Fay.

Owls' uphill battle motivates Joseph August 14,2008
BOCA RATON - Greg Joseph remembers his first encounter with Florida Atlantic football vividly.  It was 1998 and he was in middle school.

Owls get boost of confidence November 25, 2007
Miami - When Florida Atlantic defeated Florida International last season, it sent the Owls into an off-season where they realized they weren't far from winning a Sun Belt Conference title.
Rout keeps Owls on track fro bowl; FIU falls to 0-11 November 25, 2007
Miami - The Shula Bowl trophy is staying at Florida Atlantic, and as a result the Owls' hopes for a conference championship and a New Orleans Bowl berth remain alive.
Schnellenberger keeps low-key for last OB stop November 22, 2007
Boca Raton - The last time Florida Atlantic coach Howard Schnellenberger coached there he led Miami to a 31-30 victory against Nebraska to win its first national championship on Jan 2, 1984.
Coach had great times at the OB November 22, 2007
Florida Atlantic coach Howard Schnellenberger is a positive person, but bring up the soon-to-be demolished Orange Bowl, and a sudden sadness comes over him.
Owls fans see plenty of orange November 17, 2007
Gainesville - The Owls were swallowed up at the Swamp.
Owls still healthy after rout by UF November 21, 2007
Boca Raton - Florida Atlantic's pride may have been hurt in Saturday's 59-20 loss at Florida, but health-wise, the Owls escaped unscathed.
Gator game important but bowl remains goal November 15, 2007
Boca Raton - Florida Atlantic has one of its most important games of the season against an in-state opponent looming on the horizon.
Defense doesn't fear Tebow November 14, 2007
Boca Raton - Florida Atlantic reserve quarterback Sean Clayton asked if he could play the part of Florida quarterback Tim Tebow on the Owls' scout team offense this weak.
Owls pull off another comeback November 11, 2007
Although Florida Atlantic has made a habit of needing to rally to win Sun Belt Conference games this season, the Owls were absolutely ecstatic after defeating Arkansas State 34-31 on Saturday.
Sincere earns all-star invite November 7, 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.
FAU's Gent impressing teammates with play November 6, 2007
Boca Raton - Florida Atlantic receiver Cortez Gent was always confident he would emerge as a big-play reciever for the Owls.
Blocks give special teams boost November 4, 2007
Boca Raton - After struggling on special teams for much of the season, Florida Atlantic seems to have hit on something good with its new field-goal blocking unit.
FSU Next on Howard's wish list October 24, 2007
While Florida Atlantic is still negotiating with Miami for a game in 2009, the Owls would like to set up a series with anothe in-state power.
Owls' late rally keeps Sun Belt title hopes alive October 21, 2007
LAFAYETTE, LA. - When Louisiana-Lafayette scored a late touchdown to go ahead by seven with less than a minute to go, Florida Atlantic's shot of winning a Sun Belt Championship appeared all but over.
Smith rallies Owls past Cajuns October 21, 2007
LAFAYETTE, LA. - When Louisiana-Lafayette scored to take a 32-25 lead with 1:03 left in Saturday's game, it looked like Florida Atlantic was about to be upset by the Ragin' Cajuns in a Sun Belt game.
FAU's Rusty Smith on pace to become Owls' new standard-bearer at QB October 19, 2007
Former Florida Atlantic quarterback Jared Allen has been following the Owls since he graduated in 2004.
Hard work a tradition for Sincere ladies' man October 17, 2007
Boca Raton - Florida Atlantic senior linebacker Cergile Sincere grew up in a house as the only boy among eight children.
Forcing miscues an FAU staple October 14, 2007
Boca Raton - During pre-season scrimmages, FAU's defense learned the value of the turnover.
UM-FAU not just a pipe dream October 13, 2007
Could coach Howard Schnellenberger be coaching against Miami, the school he put on the map in the early 1980s.
FAU can hang with the big boys October 7, 2007
Fort Lauderdale - The legitimacy of South Florida's No. 6 AP national ranking suffered a black eye.
Missed field goals are costly October 7, 2007
Fort Lauderdale - Florida Atlantic kicker Warley Leroy came into Saturday's game having made 8 of 10 field goals on the season.
Owls hang tough but can't master undefeated Bulls October 7, 2007
South Florida was trying to defend its No. 6 ranking for the first time Saturday, and Florida Atlantic nearly yanked it away from the Bulls.
Polo is FAU's ballhawk October 4, 2007
BOCA RATON - At a critical moment in his first college game, Florida Atlantic cornerback Tavious Polo picked off a pass in the end zone and then celebrated like it was the first interception of his life.
Upset win would suit Tampa trio just fine October 4, 2007
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
FAU to face 'big brother' October 3, 2007
Florida Atlantic patterned the start to its football program after the South Florida model.  On Saturday, the Owls will play host to football mentor USF at the Bulls' highest point in their program's brief history.
FAU hopes to attract its first sellout crowd October 3, 2007
BOCA RATON — When Florida Atlantic plays host to No. 6 South Florida on Saturday, FAU Athletic Director Craig Angelos wants a sellout at Lockhart Stadium as long as the Bulls don't have more fans than the home team.
FAU gets another chance at ranked team October 1, 2007
BOCA RATON — Florida Atlantic faced the highest-ranked team it has played when it lost to then-No. 14 Kentucky 45-17 on Saturday.
Unhappy homecoming September 30, 2007
LEXINGTON, Ky. - Before Saturday's game between Florida Atlantic and Kentucky, Owls coach Howard Schnellenberger smiled when he looked up and saw his name on Commonwealth Stadium's ring of honor for retired jerseys of former Wildcats.
Owls look to keep momentum going against NO. 15 Kentucky September 30, 2007
Florida Atlantic faces its toughest challenge yet this season Saturday, as Owls travel to Lexington to take on the No. 15 team in the nation, Kentucky.
FAU defensive end Pinnick definitely to miss rest of season September 27, 2007
BOCA RATON - Senior defensive end Josh Pinnick will miss the rest of this season after suffering a knee injury during FAU's victory against North Texas on Saturday.
Pinnick's status uncertain September 26, 2007
BOCA RATON - Florida Atlantic coach Howard Schnellenberger said Tuesday he had not received the results of an MRI exam on the right knee of senior defensive end Josh Pinnick.
Pinnick possibly could play next year September 25, 2007
Although Florida Atlantic senior defensive end Josh Pinnick is expected to miss the rest of the season after suffering a serious knee injury Saturday against North Texas, he could return next season thanks to a recent NCAA rule change, an FAU official said.
FAU's Smith, Polo gain national honors September 20, 2007
Boca Raton - Florida Atlantic quarterback Rusty Smith was named the USA Today National Player of the Week and cornerback Tavious Polo was the Walter Camp Foundation's National Defensive Player of the week.
Florida Atlantic University's future will be larger, more tradition, school president says September 20, 2007
Boca Raton - Florida Atlantic University will become larger, more traditional and more academically competitive in the next decade, its president said Wednesday.
Ted Hutton recaps the BOT stadium meeting September 19, 2007
A recap of a memorable day in FAU History
FAU on-campus stadium Approved by BOT September 18, 2007
This just in: By unanimous vote, the BOT has approved plans for a $62 million, 30,000-seat on campus stadium to open September 2010.
Rusty Smith named USA Today player of the week September 16, 2007
Florida Atlantic quarterback Rusty Smith grabbed this weeks's USA Today's Player of the Week honor with an impressive performance against Minnesota.
It is their 'signature' moment September 16, 2007
Miami Gardens - Florida Atlantic's Rusty Smith set school records by passing 463 yards and five touchdowns as the Owls got their first win against a Big Ten team.
Smith passes Owls to upset of Gophers September 16, 2007
Miami Gardens - Where it will rank in Florida Atlantic's history is yet to be known, but there is no doubt that Saturday's 42-39 win over Minnesota has vaulted FAU to a new level.
Polo's big day mirrors Owls' September 16, 2007
Miami Gardens - Florida Atlantic defensive back Tavious Polo tied the Owls' single-game record for interceptions with three in a 42-39 win over Minnesota.
Owls get ground-breaking win September 16, 2007
Miami Gardens - There is no proof that Florida Atlantic coach Howard Schnellenberger hid the sideline chains to let the Minnesota Golden Gophers stew in South Florida sun for an extra 10 minutes before kickoff.
Smith sends FAU soaring September 16, 2007
Miami Gardens - The post-game routine for Florida Atlantic players after playing power conference teams always has been to slink off the field and try to put the loss behind them as quickly as possible.
Brantley prepares to start at safety September 14, 2007
Boca Raton - At first glance, it may appear to be a positive that Carldayle Brantley is likely to start for injured strong safety Kris Bartels of Florida Atlantic against Minnesota on Saturday at Dolphin Stadium.
Owls long for on-campus stadium September 13, 2007
Boca Raton - Florida Atlantic officials boarded a bus Tuesday to visit another state school whose football program's success they hope the Owls can emulate.
Football a stop on way to Seminole Tribe leadership September 12, 2007
Boca Raton - Jarrid Smith left the Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation to get an education and play football at Florida Atlantic.
FAU walk-ons excel at starting roles September 11, 2007
Boca Raton - When Florida Atlantic linebacker Cergile Sincere was a senior at Glades Central High School, he could only watch as many of his teammates signed their scholarship offers to play college football.
No 'Mo for Owls September 9, 2007
STILLWATER, Okla. - When Oklahoma State quarterback Zac Robinson lofted a soft pass to his talented receiver Adarius Bowman in the end zone late in the first half Saturday, it looked like.....
Owls suffer deja vu against Cowboys September 9, 2007
STILLWATER, Okla. - Florida Atlantic players believed they had a chance to beat Oklahoma State on Saturday because they were a year older and better than the last time they faced the Cowboys.
Florida Atlantic pounded by Oklahoma State, 42-6 September 9, 2007
STILLWATER, Okla. - Florida Atlantic's three game contract with Oklahoma State ended with Saturday's game, and the Owls would be wise not to renew it.
Absence leaves Owls thin at WR September 6, 2007
Boca Raton - Florida Atlantic's receiving corps took another hit Wednesday, and the Owls won't have a backup at one of the receiver slots when they play at Oklahoma State on Saturday.
FAU works overtime to prepare for OSU September 5, 2007
Boca Raton - Florida Atlantic's practice Tuesday was interrupted by rain for about 40 minutes, but the Owls returned to the field and practiced until a large number of the players had to leave for night classes.
Rare season-opening win sends message to Sun Belt September 2, 2007
Fort Lauderdale - Florida Atlantic hasn't had much early-season success in recent years playing against traditional powers.
Inexperience at QB no longer Owls' issue August 31, 2007
BOCA RATON - Last year Florida Atlantic started a quarterback who never had played in a college football game in its season opener.
What the offense needs to do August 30, 2007
FAU heads into Saturday's opener convinced that it's running game has improved enough to allow the offense to start scoring enough points to win without the defense's help.
Breakout season breakdown August 30, 2007
At the end of last season I predicted this would be a breakout season for the Owls.  And I am not backing away from that.
FAU QB: 'We can snowball to New Orleans' August 30, 2007
Florida Atlantic quarterback Rusty Smith sees a lot riding on Saturday's game against MTSU, and he thinks an FAU win would be the first step toward a New Orleans Bowl berth at season's end.
Rizzo rise no cause for alarm August 30, 2007
Florida Atlantic coach Howard Schnellenberger can sleep well at night because of the Rizzo family.
Checking in on the Shovel Movement August 30, 2007
It's been a while since we checked on the Shovel People.  Or, maybe it is better to say Shovel Person.
Schnellenberger passes along his wisdom August 29, 2007
Boca Raton - The salesman in him would come out later.  Howard Schnellenberger is a natural, and the Florida Atlantic University football program is only the latest example
Blue Raiders insider  August 27, 2007
MTSU coach Rick Stockstill sounded pretty down in yesterday's Sun Belt coaches' conference call
FAU's Jackson may win LT spot August 27, 2007
Boca Raton - When Florida Atlantic faces Middle Tennessee at 4 p.m. Saturday in the opening game of the season, junior Brandon Jackson might start at left tackle ahead of sophomore Lavoris Williams
Game week is here  August 24, 2007
Boca Raton - Forget what the calendar says.  Training camp is over and game week has officially arrived for Florida Atlantic.
FAU quarterback Rusty Smith enters 2007 as undisputed starter for Owls August 24, 2007
Boca Raton - A year ago, Rusty Smith was a rookie about to make his first college start at Clemson in the intimidating stadium nicknamed Death Valley.
Smith's arm still sore August 22, 2007
Boca Raton - Earlier this week, Florida Atlantic coach Howard Schnellenberger canceled the scrimmage set for Wednesday's practice, but when an officiating crew showed up, why not put them to work and have the team work through some situational plays?
FAU Football Wednesday Practice Report August 22, 2007
The Florida Atlantic University football team decided to forego its three-a-day schedule and hold a situational scrimmage on Wednesday afternoon.
Not at best for Fanfest August 19, 2007
BOCA RATON - The hearty FAU fans who came out to Saturday’s FanFest probably don’t know what to make of the Owls’ chances this season after a lackluster performance in the most important scrimmage of the pre-season.
Three for the show August 14, 2007
The warm-ups are over. No more easing into it. Florida Atlantic practiced for the first time in full pads on Tuesday and if that wasn’t intense enough, try today’s schedule.
Florida Atlantic TE contemplates quitting August 14, 2007
BOCA RATON - Florida Atlantic, which has already lost its leading receiver to academics and another receiver who started every game last season, could be without another offensive player slated to be a starter.
First line of defense August 12, 2007
BOCA RATON - A lot of FAU's success this year will hinge on how well the defensive line prepares and it looks like there is extra attention given to the Owls' front in training camp.
Owls set their sights high August 11, 2007
BOCA RATON - The BCS National Championship logo is on the cover of the Florida Atlantic media guide.
Owls' hard work pays off August 11, 2007
BOCA RATON - Florida Atlantic quarterback Rusty Smith said the team's hard work in the offseason was evident during Friday's first practice.
Hurry up and wait August 8, 2007
BOCA RATON - I was all set to cover the momentous first football practice of the 2007 season, which had been previously announced to take place on Thursday. Instead FAU called an audible and won’t take the field until 3:30 p.m. on Friday.
Owls' defensive leaders improving as they get experience November 1, 2006
BOCA RATON - The maturation of two players - one new to Florida Atlantic's football program, the other a veteran - has fueled the Owls' defensive surge.
Owls' spirits rising along with sack count  November 1, 2006
Last year Florida Atlantic went 2-9 and ranked near the bottom in many statistical categories, including sacks, where the Owls were last among the 119 Division I-A teams.
FAU's Holley double trouble in football, basketball  October 31, 2006
BOCA RATON - When Florida Atlantic was recruiting receiver Avery Holley out of Pompano Beach Ely High School, Owls coach Howard Schnellenberger went to watch Holley play in a basketball game.
Pierre leads Owls in shutout  October 29, 2006
FORT LAUDERDALE · Last week, Florida Atlantic had one of its best defensive efforts and one of its worst on offense.
Versatile Bartels `an inspiration'  October 29, 2006
FORT LAUDERDALE · After FAU's 27-0 win over Arkansas State, coach Howard Schnellenberger talked about moving defensive back Kris Bartels to fullback.
Owls shut out Sun Belt champs  October 29, 2006
FORT LAUDERDALE · Florida Atlantic didn't just win a game Saturday. It made a loud statement by shutting out Arkansas State 29-0, a result that will reverberate throughout the Sun Belt.
FAU hopes to maintain its playoff hopes  October 28, 2006
FAU needs to win the remainder of its conference games to have a shot at a berth in the New Orleans Bowl.
FAU lineman gets support from Seminole Tribe  October 24, 2006
BOCA RATON - When Florida Atlantic plays at home, junior offensive lineman Jarrid Smith doesn't know where all the members of the Seminole Tribe who are there cheering him on are sitting, but he knows they are there.
Owls sputter against equally flat Cajuns October 19, 2006
FORT LAUDERDALE · Florida Atlantic waited until the end of the game for the one offensive play that would have made the difference Wednesday night against Louisiana-Lafayette.
FAU hopes to slow Louisiana-Lafayette  October 18, 2006
Louisiana-Lafayette opened eyes around the Sun Belt on Oct 7. with a victory over Houston, a team that fell to the University of Miami by a point.
FAU can state its case in Sun Belt  October 18, 2006
Boca Raton - If Florida Atlantic is to contend for the Sun Belt Conference championship, its most important game of the season could be tonight.
Howard Schnellenberger Comments on UM-FIU Brawl  October 17, 2006
 Owls coach Howard Schnellenberger has a unique perspective on Saturday's brawl between Miami and Florida International.
FAU receiver Simeon questionable for Louisiana-Lafayette  October 16, 2006
Boca Raton - Florida Atlatic's receiving corps is in pain.  Frantz Simeon, FAU's biggest receiving threat, separated his shoulder in Thursday's victory against Southern Utah.

Party on the home turf    October 13, 2006                                                                                      Fort Lauderdale - In its first four games this season, Florida Atlantic University was an overmatched underdog that came into the game with little chance of winning.                

FAU looking to turn around season in Sun Belt play October 12, 2005
With a win and a day off, the season looks a little brighter this week for coach Howard Schnellenberger and his Florida Atlantic Owls.
FAU stadium committee quickly finds questions October 11, 2005
The committee charged with deciding whether Florida Atlantic University will get a football complex met for the first time Monday with early concerns about financing and questions about how a private company will manage a public university's stadium.
Wisest Owl a sophomore October 12, 2005
Josh Pinnick's situation explains a lot about the difference in Florida Atlantic between this season and last. In 2004, Pinnick was a freshman defensive end. The three other linemen were seniors, as were three of four backups, and the Owls began 5-1.
Tough early schedule paying off for Owls October 8, 2005
Florida Atlantic players were rewarded with an extra day off for beating Louisiana-Lafayette 28-10 Thursday for the Owls' first win of the season.
Win is confidence builder for FAU October 8, 2005
In spite of having to fly to Lafayette, La., just hours before Thursday night's game, Florida Atlantic wouldn't mind another trip to Cajun country.
Owls ease to season's first victory October 7, 2005
Maybe Florida Atlantic learned something after all in those tough losses against established programs this season. 
Driven Safety October 4, 2005
Kris Bartels collided with a Kansas ball carrier so hard the sophomore safety drifted in and out of consciousness for a few moments in the season opener.
FAU faces conference schedule looking for win October 3, 2005
The non-conference portion of Florida Atlantic's season came to a disappointing end for the Owls with a 61-10 defeat at Louisville on Saturday.
Bush makes Owls' heads spin in Louisville victory October 2, 2005
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Howard Schnellenberger came to Louisville in the mid-1980s and revived a sagging program.
FAU takes cues from USF September 30, 2005
Before FAU started its football program, Howard Schnellenberger toured South Florida's football facilities in 1998 to see what he could learn from the Bulls.
Schnellenberger returns to see Louisville program he helped build September 28, 2005
Louisville's national championship dreams evaporated in a blowout loss to South Florida.
Freshman tackle faces a big test September 28, 2005
Florida Atlantic freshman right tackle John Rizzo received extensive game action for the first time last week against Louisiana-Monroe.
FAU linebacker sincere in work habits September 28, 2005
Cergile Sincere didn't need to be taught how to work hard. He watched his parents do it every day.
A Right Hand Man September 27, 2005
Before Howard Schnellenberger called the first play play at Florida Atlantic, his longtime assistant, Gary Nord, had to give it to him.
Indians steal away Sun Belt opener as Owls drop to 0-4 September 23, 2005
 Florida Atlantic's chance for its first win of the season was literally stolen away Thursday night by Louisiana Monroe defensive back Chaz Williams.
Owls can't run; that must change September 21, 2005
 Florida Atlantic's running game never got its legs in the first three games.
FAU's coach 'not happy', but losses are lessons September 19, 2005
Whether Florida Atlantic's tough schedule of non-conference games is helping the team improve will be put to the test this week.
Clark hopes to capitalize on first start September 14, 2005
BOCA RATON · Andre Clark made the most of his surprising first start for Florida Atlantic.
Parker driven to carry on September 13, 2005
Dozens of NFL jerseys hang in Thomas Parker's locker at the Oxley Athletic Center.
Owls' linemen in a rush to fix blitz problems September 11, 2005
Florida Atlantic offensive lineman Nello Faulk admits there is added pressure on the line, which has been victimized by the blitz in the Owls' first two games.
Offensive line knows pressure will be coming September 10, 2005
Thursday's game against Oklahoma State solidified the scouting report on how to beat Florida Atlantic: Blitz, blitz and blitz.
Owls' guts, stats, show they're in the game September 9, 2005
MIAMI GARDENS · Up he jumped from the ground Thursday night, head bouncing in celebration like a Howard Schnellenberger bobblehead doll, helmet spinning nearby on the grass after getting knocked clean off in a collision.
OSU feeds off errors by Owls September 9, 2005
MIAMI GARDENS · Playing on national TV for the first time, Florida Atlantic was hoping to be competitive with its second Big 12 team in less than a week.
Young Owls hold up September 9, 2005
MIAMI GARDENS · Florida Atlantic's young defense played like veterans in Thursday night's 23-3 loss to Oklahoma State, and if it hadn't, the outcome would have been much worse.
Schnellenberger knows the way September 9, 2005
Miami Gardens · Florida Atlantic University finally got the spotlight from ESPN2 Thursday night and promptly froze up against Oklahoma State.
FAU ready to make national splash September 8, 2005
Florida Atlantic's football program is primping for its nationally televised close-up tonight.
Owls excited about national TV game September 8, 2005
In the long run, the score of tonight's game between Florida Atlantic and Oklahoma State will not mean as much as the fact that the Owls played a Big 12 opponent on national television.
Short week leaves Owls scrambling September 7, 2005
BOCA RATON · Florida Atlantic is busy getting ready for its Thursday game against Oklahoma State and the Owls can't even look to coach Howard Schnellenberger for pointers.
Owls heed history, need running start September 7, 2005
BOCA RATON · When talking about Florida Atlantic's trouble running the ball in Saturday's opener, coach Howard Schnellenberger brought up 2002, a year that sends shivers down the spines of the players who went through it.
Danny Embick Named Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Week September 5, 2005
Just when we thought all the firsts had been accomplished the Florida Atlantic Owls proved, once again, there is so much the young program can do.
Owls positive about season-opening loss September 5, 2005
It almost happened. Again
Confidence grows, despite Kansas loss September 5, 2005
It didn't take long for Florida Atlantic to find out it would be able to hold its own vs. Kansas on Saturday.
Owls feel good after loss September 5, 2005
Florida Atlantic's preparation for Thursday's home opener against Oklahoma State hit a snag Sunday when tapes of the Cowboys' game did not arrive in time for the coaches to study.
Feisty Owls hang tough, give Jayhawks a scare September 4, 2005
LAWRENCE, Kan. · Kansas paid Florida Atlantic $400,000 to head west and play the Jayhawks, expecting the young Owls to play the patsy.
Former QB cheers on successor September 4, 2005
LAWRENCE, Kan. · The most popular person at the Florida Atlantic alumni tent set up outside Memorial Stadium was Jared Allen, FAU's starting quarterback for its first four seasons.
 Creative Owls lose … with flair September 4, 2005
LAWRENCE, Kan.· Late Saturday afternoon, under a blue sky and in 90-degree temperatures, 40,930 began flowing down Jayhawk Boulevard, down Campanile Hill and into Memorial Stadium.
Young Owls relish jump to I-A September 2, 2005
Florida Atlantic will put an inexperienced team on the field Saturday against Kansas, but it does not mean the newcomers are all young.
FAU guard sized up situation September 1, 2005
When Florida Atlantic faces Kansas in its season opener, at least one player in an FAU uniform may look like he should be in the Jayhawks' locker room.
Receiver Parker is last original Owl August 31, 2005
BOCA RATON · After receiving his waiver from the NCAA for a sixth season of eligibility, Thomas Parker is the lone Florida Atlantic player to have been on the team since its first game in 2001.
WR can play another year August 30, 2005
Having the day off wasn't the only good news for Florida Atlantic football players Monday.
Earls becomes leader of the football pack August 30, 2005
During Florida Atlantic's pre-season training camp, the Owls' linebackers got a surprise when they walked into their daily meeting.
FAU's secondary needs some second-guessing August 28, 2005
Florida Atlantic coach Howard Schnellenberger has said the 2005 schedule will prepare the Owls for what they will face next season and beyond.
FAU wide receivers not short on talent August 29, 2005
A couple of small players are ready to fill some big holes in Florida Atlantic's lineup.
After walking on, Bartels proves he's born to run August 28, 2005
BOCA RATON · He is not even supposed to be here. No way. Especially not at No. 1 on the depth chart. Come on. Kris Bartels?
Trying to hold it together August 25, 2005
BOCA RATON · Shomari Earls remembers how the cold penetrated into his bones.
Transfer fills in for injured tight end August 23, 2005
With starting tight end Dantson Dareus out with a sore knee until at least Wednesday, Florida Atlantic has been looking for other players to help at the position.
FAU's changes include wardrobe August 22, 2005
Florida Atlantic's new look this season won't be limited to the young players in the lineup.
FAU's rebuilt lineup is shaping up August 22, 2005
Near the end of last season, Florida Atlantic's senior defensive linemen gathered the unit together.
Injuries force Owls to scrap Fan Fest scrimmage August 21, 2005
BOCA RATON · A rash of injuries prompted Florida Atlantic to turn Saturday's scheduled scrimmage into a short, no-tackle affair.
Low-key coach has O-line listening up August 19, 2005
BOCA RATON · The past two seasons, it wasn't hard to figure out where Florida Atlantic's offensive line was when the team was on its two practice fields.
Edgecomb rises to No. 1 tailback August 18, 2005
BOCA RATON · DiIvory Edgecomb has emerged as the likely candidate to fill the shoes of Doug Parker, who graduated last year as Florida Atlantic's leading rusher.
Coach salutes running backs August 17, 2005
BOCA RATON · Florida Atlantic's running backs had such a good scrimmage Tuesday that it prompted coach Howard Schnellenberger to break tradition.
Sophomores may get early shot at FAU August 15, 2005
BOCA RATON · The backfield tandem of sophomore fullback Dominick Walker and sophomore halfback B.J. Manley that Florida Atlantic showed Sunday is what the Owls expect for the season opener.
Wilson gives FAU stronger offensive line August 14, 2005
BOCA RATON · Stetson Wilson has the distinction of being the only player in Florida Atlantic's four-year history to play on the offensive and defensive line in the same game.
Owls 'D' has tough task ahead August 14, 2005
BOCA RATON · Florida Atlantic University's football squad has already suffered some blows to key players that figure to make an impact this season.
Ex-receiver stars at TE for FAU August 13, 2005
BOCA RATON · When Darrion Porter-Isom was approached about a possible move from receiver to tight end during the off-season, he was apprehensive until he thought about his old teammate and last year's tight end, Anthony Crissinger-Hill.
Backfield's lone returner will bolster Owls August 12, 2005
BOCA RATON · Florida Atlantic fullback Aaron Sanchez carried the ball more often in the Owls' running game in the second half of last season and could be asked to play a bigger role in 2005.
Hughley happy to be back on field August 11, 2005
BOCA RATON · Willie Hughley always seems to be in hyper-drive, but he has been supersonic the first week of preseason practice for Florida Atlantic.
Story FAU's defense already hurting August 10, 2005
BOCA RATON · Practices haven't even started to get physical and Florida Atlantic's defense has already taken some big hits.
Story FAU: D-line is thin August 10, 2005
Seven starts and 20 tackles.
Story FAU's younger players ready to take control August 9, 2005
BOCA RATON · Before the first practice of the 2005 season Monday, Florida Atlantics players ran past a new monument at the Tom Oxley Practice Fields built to honor the more than 30 players from last year's senior class.
Story Upperclassmen happy to give freshmen an extra bit of instruction August 9, 2005
BOCA RATON · It wasn't just the coaches who were teaching players during Florida Atlantic's practice Monday.
Story Owls have to replace those who've left nest August 8, 2005
Florida Atlantic begins preparing for its fifth season today, but in many ways the Owls are starting over.
Story Florida Atlantic moving at 'Schnell's pace' July 2005
If you thought Howard Schnellenberger looked somewhat out of place on the sideline of upstart Florida Atlantic University, consider his plight just eight years ago.
Story Owls to play Gators twice July 24, 2005
The University of Florida has agreed to play Florida Atlantic University in football in 2007 and 2011, FAU announced Saturday.



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