Charles Pierre

Charles Pierre feels this could be his most “natural” effort in his three year FAU Football career.

“I understand the system. I’m playing better than in previous seasons because I don’t have to think,” Pierre said.

Over the last two seasons, Pierre has helped FAU develop an explosive rushing and offensive attack. He has been the go-to back in the Owls first two seasons competing against a full Division I schedule. Pierre gained 756 yards and lit up the scoreboard for five touchdowns in 2006. In 2005, as a freshman, he put up an impressive performance of 517 yards and three touchdowns. Pierre spoke reluctantly about his personal achievements following a recent workout.

“The only thing I’m focusing on this year is helping the team anyway I can. Right now I’m thinking about the team first,” Pierre said.

Pierre’s workouts with teammates begin at 7 a.m., and consist of one hour of running followed by an hour of lifting weights. He has increased his body weight by 10 pounds from last season, and says he has increased his strength.

“It’s something that comes from lifting and running,” Pierre said.

This season, he will be listed at 5 feet 9 inches and 210 pounds.

To this point in his career, Pierre’s stature hasn’t hindered his effectiveness. His career statistics include 23 games, 352 carries, 1273 yards and eight touchdowns. This season, he will take advantage of a more experienced, intact offensive line as he strives for the coveted 1,000 yard plateau.

The offensive line looks good, “much healthier, especially Nick Paris and Jarrid Smith,” Pierre said.

Running behind that line, Pierre says he truly believes the Owls can win all seven 2007 Sun Belt Conference games.

“The three losses we had in the Sun Belt (ULL, MTSU, Troy) were very tough mentally because we had a chance to win those games.”