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Walking the walk-on

One of six current walk-ons on FAU's two-deep, Nate Ozdemir backs up Andrae Kirk at middle linebacker. (OwlAccess.com photo)

FAU travels to face national power Nebraska with 11 players on the two-deep that came to Boca Raton as walk-ons - and more than half of them still are. Read more

FOOTBALL: Pelini's abound

Still a family battle
Carl Pelini is no longer part of FAU football, but there is another Pelini still working in the athletic department preparing the Owls to face the Bo Pelini-led Nebraska Cornhuskers. Read more

Photo Gallery: Tuesday's practice

FOOTBALL: Partridge sweating the details

Detail oriented
First year FAU coach Charlie Partridge has the Owls paying attention to details heading into Saturday's season opener at Nebraska. Read more

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When the Florida Atlantic Owls took the field as the first FAU football team in 2001, they were led onto the field by legendary coach Howard Schnellenberger. The Owls’ first season wasn’t too much of a success – FAU’s first football team finished its inaugural season at 4-5 – but it didn’t take long for Howard Schnellenberger to march the FAU Owls down a winning road.

FAU football posted its first winning record in 2003. That was the year the Florida Atlantic Owls reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA Division I-AA playoffs. Howard Schnellenberger wasn’t satisfied with being a successful I-AA program, though. The year after that big run, FAU football began the transition process to the Bowl Championship Series.

Florida Atlantic football entered the Sun Belt Conference, winning the conference title in 2007, their second year of full-fledged Division I-A competition. By virtue of winning the Sun Belt Conference title, the Florida Atlantic Owls also nabbed their first bid. The Owls made the most of it as Howard Schnellenberger guided the FAU football team to a 44-27 victory over Memphis in the New Orleans Bowl.

FAU earned its second bowl bid the following season and kept its bowl record unblemished by defeating Central Michigan 24-21 in the Motor City Bowl.

Florida Atlantic football will attempt to build on its already impressive record during this season. As always, check with Owl Access to see how the Florida Atlantic Owls do.