FAU players enjoyed a surprise visitor in the locker room and on the sideline during Saturday’s 38-10 loss to Miami.
Injured tackle Reggie Bain joined the team for the first time since injuries incurred in a motor scooter accident prior to the first game of the year. The injuries ended his season before it even started.
A junior, Bain had started every game since arriving on campus. His injury forced the reshuffling of the Owls offensive line that continued on Monday, when FAU coach Charlie Partridge announced that an injury will keep starting right tackle Kelly Parfitt out of Saturday’s game at Kansas St.
Parfitt, a senior, injured his right knee when the tackling pile rolled up on him in the first quarter of the Miami game. He left the stadium on crutches.
To replace Parfitt, Antonyo Woods moved from guard to tackle and Jakobi Smith entered the game at guard. In the season opener, center Dillon DeBoer moved to left tackle, replacing Bain. Guard Roman Fernandez moved from guard to center and Tarrick Thomas earned his first start at guard. Those three remained in the same spots against Miami. Partridge said on Monday he did not yet know whether that will be the starting offensive line on Saturday.
On Saturday Bain joined the team in the locker room prior to the game and watched most of the game from the sideline in a wheelchair – leaving the field once the rain came near the end of the third quarter.
Partridge said on Monday that Bain is still enrolled at FAU for this semester and the Owls’ academic support staff is working to help ensure Bain can complete his fall credits.
“We’re doing everything we can to catch him back up and we’ve got some time to figure out if we’re going to be able to do that,” Partridge said.
Partridge has said previously that he believes Bain will be able to rejoin the team for next season.