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Cleared for takeoff

August 23, 2009

The 2008 Owls' offense is considered to be one of the best in FAU's young football history, as they set records and lit up the scoreboard on numerous occasions. The 2009 version could be even better. Some college football experts consider the FAU offense to be extremely talented, including Phil Steele, who has placed Rusty Smith, Jason Harmon and Corte...

Dreaming Big

August 23, 2009

The Owls are heading into the new season with many obstacles blocking their way to the top. Despite having lost several key defensive players and having scheduled two daunting away games to start the year, the team is determined to accomplish its goals: winning a conference title and a third bowl game. To accomplish those goals, the Owls have to avoid ...

New faces in new places

August 23, 2009

When the Owls finally storm the field to kick off their 2009 season, fans may need to look twice at their roster sheets to see exactly who the new defensive starters are. Long gone from FAU are regulars such as linebacker Frantz Joseph, who was second in the nation in tackles last season, cornerback Corey Small and defensive lineman Michael Hancock, ...

Never getting Rusty

August 23, 2009

Having already thrown for school records in yards and touchdowns, been named Most Valuable Player in back-to-back bowl game victories, and being considered a hot NFL prospect, it would be easy to see why any college football quarterback would be complacent heading into his final season. That is not the case for Rusty Smith. Instead of looking forwa...

Pigskin and bones

July 5, 2009

Summer is the time when football teams train to get into the best shape for the season ahead. They lift weights, practice and adhere to a strict diet every day — but this summer, this is not the case. FAU athletics is facing a $12.6 million budget cut. Football players are not enrolled in summer classes and are instead working full-time to pay fo...

New home in Black Hole

May 26, 2009

For the first time in three years, former FAU linebacker Frantz Joseph will not spend his summer focusing on the Owl's upcoming football season. Instead, he will be in California, training with and attempting to make the 53-man roster of the Oakland Raiders. Joseph, who was named FAU's 2008-2009 Male Outstanding Athlete of the Year on April 29, has a...

Frantz Joseph to appear on ESPN this Sunday

April 24, 2009

The clock is ticking, and former FAU linebacker Frantz Joseph is just hours away from knowing whether or not he will be picked in the 2009 NFL draft. And while Joseph's draft status is uncertain, he will appear on ESPN regardless of whether he is chosen. Joseph is set to appear on ESPN's "Outside the Lines" on Sunday, April 26, at 8 a.m. The Emmy Awar...

Defense shows signs of progress in 35-25 loss

April 22, 2009

A record crowd of 2,011 spectators watched the FAU football offense beat an impressive defense by a final score of 35-25 in the 2009 spring game at the Tom Oxley Athletic Center on the Boca campus on April 18. After being thoroughly outplayed by the offense in earlier spring scrimmages, the defense showed signs of improvement in the spring game. On ...

Out in numbers

April 22, 2009

In a game that ended 35-25 in favor of the offense, it wasn't just the football team's overall performance in the annual spring game that left head coach Howard Schnellenberger elated. He was also pleased to see the turn out from the fans. A record crowd of 2,011 onlookers was by far the largest gathering of fans, media personnel, students and facul...

Unfamiliar faces

April 12, 2009

Despite two consecutive bowl victories, FAU's football team sees this season as a pivotal one for the program as they make the transition into a new academic year. Expectations are up for the Owls this season, but they'll be relying on a defense with many new faces."Almost every group we've had in past school years has raised the bar. I don't think w...

FAU Stadium Still Planned for 2010

February 16, 2009

There are no shovels in the ground and no cranes in place at the site of the new FAU Stadium. But the facility is still set to open for the start of the 2010 football season. Groundbreaking by June 1, 2009, will leave just enough time for the stadium to host its first game as scheduled."We're still on that train track moving forward," says FAU's asso...