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Marc Abdelnour: Syria’s young hope

Kadeem Granston

August 30, 2011

Managing time between mid-terms, school work and a social life is hard enough. Marc Abdelnour had to juggle all three—and compete in the Davis Cup on behalf of his native country, Syria. Abdelnour, the Owls' all-time leader in career single victories, was selected to play in the Davis Cup, an international professional tournament. He left for Syria...

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...

Baseball: FAU handed 9-5 loss by Florida Gulf Coast

Andrew Ivins

August 30, 2011

After dropping three games to Louisiana-Lafayette over the weekend, the FAU baseball team couldn't turn things around Tuesday night, falling 9-5 to Florida Gulf Coast for the program's fourth straight loss. With heavy thunder storms pounding the Boca Raton area all afternoon, the team was forced into an unusual warm-up scenario, in which head coach...

Contractually elongated?

Ryan Cortes

August 30, 2011

More than ever before, FAU is spending money. It was reported in February that the school received more than 18,940 applicants for the fall 2011 semester, a record for the university. Knowing such, the school has poured money into various entities: a new 30,000-seat on-campus stadium, new dorms and a $20 million College of Medicine building. But...

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...