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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,...

Baseball: FAU edges out UCF 3-2

Andrew Ivins

August 30, 2011

It was the pitching, not the hitting that helped Florida Atlantic 20-13 (7-5) take down Central Florida 21-12 (3-6) Tuesday night with a 3-2 win over the in-state rival Knights. The Owls came into the game riding an offensive explosion from their weekend series, but when the weeknight game was on the line, the team's pitchers prevailed. "That's...

Owls take the series opener, 4-1, over Louisiana-Monroe

Kadeem Granston

August 30, 2011

FAU (21-13, 8-5) defeated conference foe Louisiana-Monroe (17-14, 5-8) by the score of 4-1 in Boca Raton on Friday, April 15. With conference rivals in town, FAU had to perform well to keep afloat in Sun Belt play. The Owls carried momentum from their 3-2 victory over the University of Central Florida on Tuesday night, into the first inning of Friday...

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...

Owls sweep Warhawks 3-1

Mark Gibson

August 30, 2011

FAU (23-13, 10-5) extended its winning streak to six games as they knocked off Louisiana-Monroe University (17-17, 5-10) 3-1 in game three of a Sun-Belt Conference weekend series. Friday and Saturday's games were both low scoring and Sunday was no different. ULM came close to scoring first as they loaded the bases with no outs in the top of the second...

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...

Baseball: Owls drop opener 9-7 to Troy

Ryan Cortes

August 30, 2011

After two rain delays last night suspended Friday night's series opener vs. Troy, the game was resumed Saturday at 1:00 p.m. The game began on Saturday as it left off on Friday--in the 4th inning and with FAU down 6-3. The score changed, but the result did not, as FAU lost the opener to Troy, 9-7. Coming into the series, FAU trailed the Trojans...

Baseball: FAU splits doubleheader by winning 15-9

Ryan Cortes

August 30, 2011

With two games on the docket versus the first-place Troy Trojans, it was imperative to win at least one. After losing the first game of the double-header 9-7, FAU had an offensive barrage, beating Troy 15-9. In the process, the Owls had a season-high 21 hits in the game, and despite scoring 15 runs, left 14 runners on base. Early on, in the bottom...

Baseball: Owls win 7-1 on key grand slam

Andrew Ivins

August 30, 2011

It hadn't happened to Florida Atlantic baseball in over a year, but Sunday afternoon it lead to a key victory. With the regular season winding down and the Owls chasing conference leader Troy, the men in white and blue uniforms had an opportunity to close out a weekend series against the nationally ranked Trojans and make a push before the final...

Hudak emerges as a top player in first year at FAU

Jackson Wolek

August 30, 2011

Alex Hudak, FAU's left fielder, is having one of his most remarkable performances in his collegiate career in his first year as an Owl. Hitting .394, he has the second-best average in the Sun Belt Conference, a conference that was ranked fifth best in the nation just a year ago. With Dan Scheffler having been out for 20 games this season — five...

The Silent, Deadly Assassin

Zack Duarte

August 30, 2011

Lightning illuminates the Saturday night sky and both dugouts are left watching as the clock resets to a thirty minute countdown for play to resume. The Owls will have to wait to put the finishing touches on their victory over UALR until Sunday, as play is suspended due to the passing storm. After throwing 121 pitches in almost seven innings of work,...