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Stadium-sized letdown

Franco Panizo

August 30, 2011

Just weeks into the college football season, FAU made a huge stride toward becoming a more serious university and football program when it received approval to construct a 30,000-seat on-campus stadium, slated to open in 2011.   Sadly for the program, the football team did little to match that on the field in 2010.   For the second...

First time in sports

Mark Gibson

August 30, 2011

SPORTS FAU saw two first this year in the world of sports. Not only did FAU won its first baseball sunbelt title, but former Owl quarter back Rusty Smith was drafted and played his first pro NFL game. Baseball team claims conference title FAU baseball claimed claimed its first Sun Belt Conference title in 29 years after the team was founded...

Owls Celebrate Early and Often

Ryan Cortes

August 30, 2011

Before the game even began against Troy, FAU celebrated the duration of Justin Davis' and Brett Royster's careers as it was the last home game for seniors. At halftime, FAU unveiled a new mascot, complete with a redone costume. And after the game, after fans serenaded Troy University players with "Na, Na, Na, Hey, Hey, Goodbye", the Owls cele...

Eight-ball is set to lead

Andrew Ivins

August 30, 2011

Xavier Stinson lines up three yards deep in the backfield, waiting for the quarterback to call out the snap count, and for the ball to find its way into his hands. It's the first day of spring football practice for the FAU football team, and while nervous jitters float across the Tom Oxley Center practice fields, the man hidden behind a dark tinted...

Young and frustrating

Ryan Cortes

August 30, 2011

As FAU began spring practice last Wednesday, No. 46 came jogging onto the Tom Oxley Center practice fields, helmet on and slapping his hands over his head as he did running jumping jacks. His name is Blake Bierman, but few know that yet. He's a walk-on freshman, and as he jogged out, you could see two bright gray gloves attached to his palms. "I've...

Back to the Basics

Andrew Ivins

August 30, 2011

For the first time in five years, someone new is lining up in the huddle and calling out plays as spring football practice kicks off. Unlike previous years in which the Owls already knew who would be taking snaps with the first team offense come game time, this spring is another story. Four scholarship quarterbacks return from last year's roster,...

Owls 3-4 defense is a work in progress

Zack Duarte

August 30, 2011

After nearly a decade of playing football in the traditional 4-3 defense, head coach Howard Schnellenberger and defensive coordinator Kurt Van Valkenburgh announced back in January that the Owls are switching to a 3-4 defensive scheme. The shift to a 3-4 is an attempt to combat the increased use of the spread offense in the college game. In 2010...

Fortner shines in the Owls’ 11th annual spring scrimmage

Andrew Ivins

August 30, 2011

Arguably the biggest question mark FAU had coming into spring football practices was who would take over the starting quarterback position. Saturday, at the program's annual spring scrimmage, the stage was set for a quarterback to elevate himself in the competition, but no one managed to.   "It's needless for us to talk about who is going...

Housler becomes highest drafted FAU player ever

Ryan Cortes

August 30, 2011

Friday night in the third round of the NFL Draft, FAU tight end Rob Housler was selected by the Arizona Cardinals. With the 69th overall selection, the Cardinals selected the 6'5 210 lb tight end, making Housler the highest drafted Owl ever. Former quarterback Rusty Smith was selected in the 6th round last year by the Tennessee Titans as he was the...

Wire gone wrong

August 7, 2011

Police reported that a FAU football player and his friend stole 400 pounds of copper wire from a scrap yard on Sat., June 11. ...