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Posts from June 2012

FAU Stadium makes ESPN2 debut for MLL All-Star Game

Here's a look at how FAU Stadium (located in Palm Beach County!) looked on ESPN2 for Saturday night's Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game.

From the reports I am getting, it's a good thing they are keeping the camera angles tight and the top rows of the stadium aren't being shown.

 

 

Countdown to kickoff: 62 days until FAU's season-opener

62

Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31


FAU’s current No. 62: OL Matt Garcia

The 6-foot-5, 285-pound redshirt sophomore from Orange Park High School, missed the 2011 season with a shoulder injury.

FAU players who have worn No. 62:

Ryan Van Kirk (2001)

Josh Blaylock (2003)

Peter Pantelakos (2004-07)

Chris White (Pictured, 2009-10)

Tim Woods (2010)

Owl Access Link Center

FAU Football: Meet RB coach Kerry Dixon
FAU Football:
Blue Ribbon predicts Owls last in Sun Belt

Other links...

Georgia TB Isaiah Crowell dismissed after weapons arrest (Atlanta Journal Constitution)


 

 

Blue Ribbon predicts Owls last in Sun Belt

Another of the quality pre-season publications has released its pre-season Sun Belt Conference predictions and All-Sun Belt team and Owl fans probably aren’t going to like what it has to say.

Blue Ribbon’s pre-season predictions has FAU finishing last – with the added insult of FIU winning the conference.

FAU linebacker David Hinds is the only Owl on the pre-season team.

Here is Blue Ribbon’s pre-season predictions and All-Sun Belt team...

1. Florida International
2. Arkansas State
3. UL-Lafayette
4. Troy
5. Middle Tennessee
6. Western Kentucky
7. Louisiana-Monroe
8. North Texas
9. Florida Atlantic

PRESEASON ALL-SUN BELT CONFERENCE TEAM
OFFENSE
WR – Javone Lawson, Louisiana-Lafayette
WR – Josh Jarboe, Arkansas State
OL – Caylin Hauptmann, FIU
OL – Cyril Lemon, North Texas
OL – Sean Conway, WKU
OL – Adam Smith, WKU
OL – Jaron Odom, Louisiana-Lafayette
QB – Ryan Aplin, Arkansas State
RB – Kedrick Rhodes, FIU
RB – Jyruss Edwards, ULM
TE – Jack Doyle, WKU

DEFENSE
DL – Tourek Williams, FIU
DL – Jamarcus Allen, WKU
DL – Isame Faciane, FIU
LB – David Hinds, FAU
LB – Andrew Jackson, WKU
LB – Winston Fraser, FIU
LB – Nathan Herrold, Arkansas State
DB – Jose Cheeseborough, FIU
DB – Jemarlous Moten, Louisiana-Lafayette
DB – Jonathan Cyprien, FIU
DB – Brynden Trawick, Troy

SPECIALISTS
PK – Brett Baer, Louisiana-Lafayette
KR – Brelan Chancellor, North Texas
P – Will Atterberry, North Texas
PR – Darryl Surgent, Louisiana-Lafayette

OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Kedrick Rhodes, RB, FIU

DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Jonathan Cyprien, S, FIU
 

Countdown to kickoff: 63 days until FAU's season-opener

63

Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31


FAU’s current No. 63: OL DeAndre Williams

The 6-5, 290-pound Williams played both guard and tackle last season and appeared in eight games. In the spring, spent plenty of time as the starting left tackle.

FAU players who have worn No. 63:

Chris Munoz (2001)

Antes Perkins (2003-06)

Chris White (2007)

Rudy Taylor (2007)

Mark Soto (2008)

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FAU Football: Student tailgate section may move to area in front of FAU Stadium

Other links:

...Georgia starting tailback suspended after arrest (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

...Arkansas State's Gus Malzahn focused on putting Arkansas State on the map (AP)

...UNT's Tony Mitchell preparing for next year's draft (Denton Record Chronicle)

...USF extends Raymond James lease through 2016 (Tampa Bay Times)


 

 

Student tailgate section may move to front of FAU Stadium

The ideas put forth by FAU students in the Student Government's Game Day Open Forum may already be affecting the way students will experience football Saturdays in the fall.

One suggestion that came from the forum entailed moving the student tailgate area - which was on the lawn in front of the administration building - closer to the stadium. It may be about to be as close as it can get.

A source told OwlAccess.com that the student government and the athletic department are talking about moving the student tailgate section to the south lawn right in front of the stadium. Last year that area was sparsely inhabited by bounce houses, bands and corporate tents.

If this move goes into effect, it's a win for the students and the school. While the previous student tailgate area was nice and featured some shade, it was far removed from the stadium - isolating some of the Owls most fervent (and entertaining) supporters from the main action.

Moving the student tailgate section to the front of the stadium should immediately add life to pregame festivities, providing a college feel to games.

I'm hearing that the road in front of the stadium may be opened an hour before tailgating is officially scheduled to begin in order to allow people to drive their cars near the stadium and unload close to the tailgate area.

Students would be allowed to leave their tailgate site intact during the game, but cars won't be allowed back onto the road to pack up until after the game.

That part may not be ideal, but the university does seem to be making an attempt to make student tailgating more enjoyable.

Kudos to both the student government and the athletic department. This seems like an easy change and I look forward to seeing it enacted. And, yes, I will accept hamburgers and hot dogs on game days.

Countdown to kickoff: 64 days until FAU's season-opener

64

Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31


FAU’s current No. 64: OL Mustafa Johnson

The 6-3, 295-pound Johnson signed with FAU in February out of Riverside (Calif.) Community College. Johnson went through spring drills when he played center and could battle Jordan Sessa and Jimmie Colley for the starting job in the fall.

FAU players who have worn No. 64:

George Guffey (2001-04)

Kevin Miller (2006)

Max Karrick (Pictured, 2007-10)

Owl Access Links

FAU Football: Meet OL coach Luke Meadows
FAU Football: Parent sets up bus ride for Georgia game
FAU Football: Schnellenberger grabs lacrosse stick for MLL All-Star Game

 

Other links:

...WKU receivers coach Terry Obee leaves program (Bowling Green Daily News)

...Blue Raiders add insurance at QB (Murfreesboro Daily News Journal)

 

 

Jump on the bus to the FAU vs. Georgia game

We know many family members of FAU football players check out this site so we wanted to make sure y'all know about a deal one of your fellow parents has put together for you.

Jason Smith, father of FAU defensive back DJ Frye-Smith, wants to help as many family members as possible attend the Owls' Sept. 15 game at Georgia. With that in mind he's reserved a bus to Athens and parents can purchase a ticket on the bus for $110 per person.

"A lot of the kids can't get their parents to come to an event like that because of the cost," Smith said. "Doing it like this, you can save money on gas and the hotel."

The bus will depart from the Oxley Center at 4 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 14, intent on arriving at the team hotel in Atlanta at about 3 p.m. Families can also receive a special rate of $79 plus tax at the Hilton for that night.

On Saturday morning the bus will take fans to the stadium. As soon as the game ends ticket holders can jump back on the bus for the ride back to Boca Raton.

Families who wish to reserve a spot (or spots) can do so by contacting Smith at jasonasmithsr@aol.com. Hurry, though, to ensure the price of the trip doesn't go up, tickets need to be purchased by Aug 1. I'm told the bus is already half full.

And who knows, maybe you'll be sharing a ride with an OwlAccess.com staffer...

Schnellenberger grabs lacrosse stick for MLL All-Stars

FAU coach Howard Schnellenberger was a pretty fair baseball player back in the day and also dabbled in some hoops at Flaget High in Louisville, Ky.

Is Schnellenberger ready to pick up another sport?

Well, probably not but he did pick up a lacrosse stick in support of this weekend’s Major League Lacrosse All-Star Game to be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at FAU Stadium.

Here’s a promo video making the rounds with Schnellenberger and Casey Powell of the Hamilton Nationals.

The word is MLL is considering making a push for a team to play in South Florida, possibly at FAU Stadium.

For more information, including ticket info and a complete list of events click here.
 

Countdown to kickoff: 65 days until FAU's season-opener

65

Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31


FAU’s current No. 65: OL Vinny Davino

The 6-foot-5, 260-pound Davino redshirted last season as a freshman and spent most of spring at right tackle behind Joe Bailey.

FAU players who have worn No. 65:

Rhett Winslow (2001)

Matt Guice (2003)

Brandon Jackson (2004-08)

Mike Newze (2009-10)

Owl Access Link Center

...MTSU's Dendy getting ready for NBA Draft (Murfreesboro Daily News Journal)
...Mean Green adds offensive lineman to oral commitment list (Denton Record-Chronicle)
...Troy adds Alcorn State for 2013 (Dothan Eagle)
...College presidents approve college football playoff (Yahoo! Sports)
 

 

Countdown to kickoff: 66 days until FAU's season-opener

66

Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31


FAU’s current No. 66: OL Johnathan Ragoo

Ragoo, listed at 6-foot-7, 342 pounds is expected to make a big impact after signing with the Owls in February after transferring from Minnesota, where he didn’t play football.

He paid his own way last fall at FAU as he rehabbed a foot injury

FAU players who have worn No. 66:

Nat Whitehurst (2001-02)

Dewain Akerblom (2003-06)

Chris Lina (2007-08)

Brandon Hando (2009)

Randell Johnson (2009)

Blake Nehls (2010)

Chase Dickinson (2010, Pictured)

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FAU Football: Melvin German's arrival delayed

FAU Football: Meet WR coach Jeff Sims

 Other links:

Sun Belt upgrades replay syste, (Sun Belt Conference)

QB Melvin German expected later in the summer

Many of FAU's players are arriving on campus today for the start of the Summer B session and expect to go through voluntary workouts on Tuesday.

However the much-anticipated arrival of junior college quarterback Melvin German may have to wait.

FAU offensive coordinator Brian Wright said last week he did not expect German to be on campus by the time the Owls go through Tuesday's workout.

“He still has some academic work to complete,” Wright said last week.

Wright is hoping German will be able to clear up the academic issues in time to participate in a limited number of the training sessions and 7-on-7 workouts before FAU's preseason training camp officially opens on Aug. 1.

"That's a possibility...that he'll have a chance to get in for some of it,” Wright said.

Once he is able to participate, Wright is confident German, the Owls' top recruit out of Pearl River (Miss.) Community College, will be able to quickly catch-up.

“This is a similar system to what he ran at Pearl River and much of the stuff he has already been running,” Wright said,

Countdown to kickoff: 67 days until FAU's season-opener

67

Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31


FAU’s current No. 67s: P Sean Dooley and OL Anthony Morris

Dooley, the son of FAU women’s soccer coach Brian Dooley, has an excellent shot at being the starting punter for the Owls this fall.

Morris is a walk-on from Archbishop McCarthy who will be a redshirt sophomore in the fall.

FAU players who have worn No. 67: 

Chris Shepherd (2001)

Jameson Schultz (2002)

Zachary Wichner (2004-08)

Ryan Houston (2009-10)

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FAU Football: Phil Steele does best job of preseason magazines

Other links:
UConn transfer won't play for WKU this season (Bowling Green Daily News)
Sun Belt Commissioner Karl benson favors 4-team playoff (Murfreesboro Daily News Journal)

 

 

 

Phil Steele does best job of preseason magazines

At my local Publix the college football magazines are starting to sprout up.

Most don’t have that much on FAU so I am going to hold out on making a purchase until I see the latest magazine by Phil Steele hit the stand. Phil Steele’s magazine usually has the most in-depth sections on FAU and you can usually tell the magazine does its research.

You can get a good idea of how much research is done by his All-Sun Belt team, which goes four deep.

Phil Steele places FAU linebacker Randell Johnson (pictured) on his first All-Sun Belt team and linebacker David Hinds on his second team. I think both selections are warranted,.

On his third team he has offensive guard Andy Czruprynski, cornerback Keith Reaser and safety Demetrius Williamson.

On his fourth team FAU placed kicker Vinny Zaccario and punt returner Travis Jones.

You can check out Phil Steele’s entire All-Sun Belt team here.
 

Countdown to kickoff: 68 days until FAU's season-opener

68

Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31


FAU’s current No. 68: OL Mohammad Farah 

The 6-foot-2, 290-pound Farah (pictured) redshirted last season as a freshman.

FAU players who have worn No. 68: 

David Wright (2001)

Chris Shepherd (2002-04)

Nick Paris (2005-08)

Jimmie Colley (2009)

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FAU Football: Lockley makes Alouettes roster

Other links:

Monroe high schools switch schedules to accommodate ULM (Monroe News-Star)

LSU’s latest anti-Alabama T-shirt features an unfortunate grammar fail (Yahoo! Sports)
 

 

Former linebacker Lockley makes final cut for Montreal

Former FAU linebacker Michael Lockley survived Thursday’s cuts for the CFL’s Montreal Alouettes and made the team as a member of the practice squad.

The Alouettes open the season on July 1 at Calgary.

Lockley will wear No. 91 for Montreal and, at 6-foot-1, 237 pounds, is listed as a defensive end. After seeing his speed and strength for the last few seasons, it’s not hard to envision that position move working out for him.

Lockley, who played for the Jacksonville Jaguars last season, finished his career at FAU following the 2010 season.
 

Countdown to kickoff: 69 days until FAU's season-opener

69

Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31


FAU’s current No. 69: No current player on the roster wears No. 69

FAU players who have worn No. 69:

Justin Sobol (2001)

Robert Helsper (2002)

Michael Fishetti (2003)

Nick Paris (2004)

Philip Martin (2005-06)

Morgan Barnett (Photo via FAUSports.com, 2007-10)

Owl Access Link Center

FAU Football: Meet offensive coordinator Brian Wright

FAU Football: Gainesville WR visits campus

Other links:

...FIU, Louisville schedule a Pitino series (Miami Herald)

...UNT's Mitchell honing skills at Stoudemire camp (Denton Record-Chronicle)

...EASports to add South Alabama in 2014 in style (Mobile Press-Register)
 

 

 

One of FAU's top recruits visits campus

Florida Atlantic brought in some of its top recruits for an individual camp earlier this week and at least one prospect left Boca Raton with a good impression of the Owls program.

Gainesville receiver Chris Thompson, believed to be one of the Owls' top recruits, said he enjoyed the camp.

“It was nice and a real nice campus,” Thompson said. “It was a real nice stadium. We went all the way to the top where you could see the ocean and everything.”

In addition to FAU, Thompson has offers from UMass, Marshall and Utah, he said.

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Thompson has also gone to Florida's camp and is being recruited by the Gators. Thompson also attended a camp at FIU.

Thompson likes FAU's proximity to Gainesville.

“They would have to be one of the top, being in Florida,"  Thompson said of the Owls. "It's close to home."

 

Countdown to kickoff: 70 days until FAU's season-opener

70

Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31


FAU’s current No. 70: OL Robert Nasiff

Nasiff, a redshirt freshman from Delray Beach-American Heritage, had a productive spring and could be in the rotation at left tackle behind DeAndre Williams.

FAU players who have worn No. 70:

Chris Munoz (2002)

Nello Faulk (2003-04)

Lavoris Williams (2006-09)

Blake Parrish (2010)

Owl Access Link Center

FAU Football:

Odds are Owls will win two games this season

 Other links

...Former FAU women's coach Dugan hired by Bellarmine (Louisville Courier-Journal)

Odds are FAU will win two games this season

The website BeyondTheBets.com has posted odds on over/under win totals for every FBS team this season.

FAU comes in with an over/under of 2, but shows a light lean to winning more than two games. One must wager $150 dollars to win $100 if the Owls were to win more than two games this season. On the under side, one would win $130 by risking $100 for FAU to win fewer than two games.

Athlon recently predicted FAU would win two games this season – over South Alabama (since the Jags were predicted to go winless) and presumably Wagner.

There’s really not much margin for error in this kind of bet, but they are interesting to see what oddsmakers think of each team.

The entire list of all 124 FBS teams can be found here, but here’s a look at the over-unders for wins this season for the Sun Belt.
 

SUN BELT

ARKANSAS STATE
Over 6.5 (-120)
Under 6.5 (even)

FLORIDA ATLANTIC
Over 2 (-150)
Under 2 (+130)

FLORIDA INTERNATIONAL
Over 7.5 (-130)
Under 7.5 (+110)

LOUISIANA-LAFAYETTE
Over 7 (-120)
Under 7 (even)

LOUISIANA-MONROE
Over 5 (-110)
Under 5 (-110)

MIDDLE TENNESSEE
Over 4.5 (-130)
Under 4.5 (+110)

NORTH TEXAS
Over 5 (-120)
Under 5 (even)

SOUTH ALABAMA
Over 2 (+130)
Under 2 (-150)

TROY
Over 5.5 (-110)
Under 5.5 (-110)

WESTERN KENTUCKY
Over 6 (even)
Under 6 (-120)

Countdown to kickoff: 71 days until FAU's season-opener

71

Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31


FAU’s current No. 71: OL Chris Chappell

The redshirt junior from West Nassau High School played in nine games and could have a larger role this season. Chappell was limited in the spring with a back injury.

FAU players who have worn No. 71:

William McDonald (2001)

Adam Pantelakos (2003-04)

John Rizzo (2005-08)

Owl Access Link Center

FAU Athletics: Owls escape APR penalties

FAU Women's Basketball: Lewis-Jay lands 1st recruit


Other links...

Consensus reached on playoff (ESPN.com)

Gov. thinks tutition hikes won't be approved (Palm Beach Post)

UNT camp tour proves to be huge success (Denton Record-Chronicle)
 

Lewis-Jay lands 1st women's hoops recruit

New FAU women’s basketball coach Kellie Lewis-Jay has landed her first recruit.

Daytona State guard Shanequa Schrouder has signed with the Owls, FAU announced on Wednesday.

This could be the first of many signings coming for the women's basketball team. Lewis-Jay, will be trying to beef up a depleted roster that currently only has seven players.

Here’s a look at the newest Owl…

Shanequa Schrouder

  • Height: 5-11
  • Position: Guard
  • Former school: Daytona State College
  • Scouting report: Earned first-team All-Mid Florida Conference honors after averaging 12.2 points and 5.5 rebounds this past season, and was a two-time selection to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Region VIII team.
  • Lewis-Jay on Schrouder: "We are very excited to have Shanequa as one of our new faces to the FAU women's basketball program. Shanequa is versatile on both sides of the ball. She can get to the basket, can shoot and she has the ability to defend both the perimeter and the block. These are skills which will make her extremely valuable what we're going to do as a team. She should make an immediate impact for us."

 

Countdown to kickoff: 72 days until FAU's season-opener

72

Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31


FAU’s current No. 72: DL David Baptiste

Baptiste started three games last season and could be in the rotation again this season. Baptiste had 23 tackles last season, but his highlight had to be his interception at Troy.

FAU players who have worn No. 72:

Robert Karpinski (2001)

Anthony Almonte (2002)

Jarrid Smith (2003-04)

David Matlock (2006-09)

Owl Access Link Center

FAU Athletics: FAU’s athletic budget may increase 26 percent for 2012-13

Sun Belt Conference:
Could Georgia State be coming to Sun Belt this season?


Other links:


...3-point shot: FAU's Taylor knew rules (ESPN.com)

...FAU votes to raise tuition 15 percent (University Press)
 

 

Could Georgia State be coming to Sun Belt this season?

Georgia State took a punch to the gut on Tuesday when the Colonial Athletic Association announced Georgia State and Old Dominion would be ineligible for its post-season tournaments this season becausethey plans to leave (GSU for the Sun Belt, ODU for CUSA)  for the 2013-14 academic year.

That really just seems like a vengeful and punitive step by the CAA to try and make things difficult for a team that is leaving the conference.

According to this blog on the Atlanta Journal Constitution’s web site seems to hint at Georgia State attempting to join the Sun Belt for basketball (it’s too late for football) this season in response to Tuesday’s news.

Basketball schedules are believed to be all but finalized but should the Sun Belt entertain and do a future member a favor the idea of allowing the Panthers to join this season instead of a year from now? I think it would be a good move if it’s possible, but I fear it’s probably too late.

Unfortunately thanks to the CAA and Commissioner Tom Yeager, it looks like GSU student-athletes must be punished (even though they didn’t do anything wrong.)
 

FAU’s athletic budget may increase 26 percent for 2012-13

FAU’s Board of Trustees will be asked  to approve $22.9 million in expenses for its 2012-13 athletic department budget during today’s scheduled meeting.

The budget is growing by more than $5.4 million over last year’s budget – an increase of 25.9 percent.

The biggest increased expense for the athletic department budget is a $2.6 million debt service payment on the new stadium.

The athletic department will benefit from a five percent increase in the student athletic fee to $17.27 per credit hour. which has already been approved.

 

Countdown to kickoff: 73 days until FAU's season-opener

73

Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31


FAU’s current No. 73: OL Mike Marsaille

Marsaille redshirted as a freshman last season, but did get some valuable reps in during the spring. Could start pre-season camp as the No. 2 left guard behind JUCO transfer Stern Vile.

FAU players who have worn No. 73:

Scott Whitener (2001-02)

Stetson Wilson (2003-05)

Dennis Bowling (2006)

Kevin Miller (Pictured, 2007-09)

Ricaldo Henry (2010)

Owl Access Link Center

 FAU Football: We look at Owls strength and conditioning coach Chuck Lobe

 FAU Football: Good ideas come out of SGA's Game Day Open Forum

 Other links:

...How Mike Jarvis made a fresh start in Boca (University Press)

...Schnellenberger unhinged — and having the time of his life (University Press)

...Athlon predicts FAU to finish near bottom in Sun Belt (AthlonSports.com)

...Blakeney wants upgrade for Troy football, but money must come first (Dothan Eagle)

 

 

Good ideas come out of SGA's Game Day Open Forum

FAU Student Government recently held a “Game Day Open Forum” to come up with ways to improve the FAU Football game experience better for FAU students.

They came up with some pretty good ideas. Which ones do you like?


• Promoting and educating fans on the traditions
o Alma mater
o Owl fingers
o Victory bell
o Owl prowl-player walk

• Televisions with national games on
• Banners in the breezeway
• Point system
• Moving the tailgate closer to the stadium
• Café Game Day Menu: Pelini Panini
• “Football Essentials” workshop for all traditions
• “Go Owls” Car magnets for all students (free)
• Banner in the breezeway welcoming Students to owl country

Game Day Forum:

• Location
o Moving the “Rat’s Mouth”
• Hard for students to unload
• Most students don’t know there welcome
• Alumni and the community don’t know were there
• Students felt baby sat
• It was complicated to register and such
o New Locations Suggestions
• Outside of the Administration Building (SG)
• Easy loading
• Can see the stadium
• Can be seen by visitors
• Better parking
• Stadium/Past Corporation Tailgate Area (Athletics)
• Easy drop off
o Hanger tag for cars of students dropping off
• Near the stadium
• Makes a fun atmosphere
• Shorter Owl Prowl and the students will be there
• There are TVs there
• Live bands

• Traditions
o Rubbing On the Owlsley Statue
• Rub the beak for good luck
o Coach Statue
• Dress up coach
• Bring him offerings of the other team
o Name the Student Section
• The Perch
• The Parliament
• The Sanctuary
o 3/4 quarter song (a song to be sung by the stadium for fun)
• Cheeseburger in paradise
• Don’t Stop Believing
• Rocky-Gonna Fly Now

• Questions, Comments, Concerns
o Tailgating
• Longer hours
• Not have to register
• No food waivers
o Youtube Video
• SG Unit (team of volunteer students with FAU pride) to teach Fight Song, Alma Mater, Football Rules, etc
o Fight Song
• Video for stadium to play
• Students cant see the screen
• Put on t-shirts

 

For more info check out the SGA's "Game Day Open Forum" page on Facebook
 

Countdown to kickoff: 74 days until FAU's season-opener

74

Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31


FAU’s current No. 74: DL Nicardo Hennry

FAU has no player listed as No. 74

FAU players who have worn No.74:

Robert Hunnicutt (2001-03)

Jarret McDonald (2004)

Gil Monzon (2005-07)

Carl Spitale (Pictured, 2007-09)

Owl Access Link Center

Owl Access: Steve LeBrun shoots 5-over on last day of U.S. Open.

Other links...

...Major League Lacrosse eyeing South Florida franchise (Sun-Sentinel)

...LSU rings reclaim "We're No. 2" (CBSSports.com)
 

LeBrun shoots a 75 on final day of U.S. Open

Updated: 10:56 p.m.

Former Florida Atlantic golfer Steve LeBrun shot a 5-over-par 75 in the final round of the U.S. Open on Sunday.

After firing a 69 on Saturday, LeBrun finished 12 over for the tournament and finished in a tie for 46th.

LeBrun started the day off with a double bogey on No. 1 and a bogey on No. 2, but birdied No. 8 before bogeying on Nos. 13 and 18.

LeBrun who was participating in his first U.S. Open, played golf at FAU from 1996-2000 and was the Atlantic Sun Conference Player of the Year in 2000.
 

Countdown to kickoff: 75 days until FAU's season-opener

75

Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31


FAU’s current No. 75: DL Nicardo Hennry

The twin brother of Owls’ offensive lineman Ricaldo Henry, redshirt senior Nicardo Henry has played in one game in his career.

FAU players who have worn No.75:

Ed Mathews 2001

Justin Sobol 2002-03

Ryan Sollazzo 2006

Jamere Johnson 2008

Ryan Klopfer 2009 (pictured)

Ryan Moran 2010

Owl Access Link Center

FAU Golf: Former Owl LeBrun makes cut at U.S. Open

Other links:

...Father-son bond has grown stronger through coaching for FAU's Jarvises (Sun-Sentinel)

...Sun Belt shuffling leaves conference with 12 schools (Dothan Eagle)

...Troy's Larry Blakeney talks about recruiting budget (Dothan Eagle)

...Hilltoppers add third 2013 verbal commit  (Bowling Green Daily News)
 

Former FAU golfer Steve LeBrun makes cut at U.S. Open

Former FAU golfer Steve LeBrun has given Owl Nation another storyline to follow in the U.S. Open.

And thanks to his 5-over-par 75 on Friday, LeBrun will keep the intrigue going into the weekend. LeBrun made the cut at the U.S. Open by caging a birdie on The Olympic Club’s No. 8 hole – his last hole of the day since he started on No. 9 on Friday. The shot was shown on ESPN.

After two rounds, LeBrun is 8-over-par for the tournament and in a tie for 59th. LeBrun will tee off at 12:35 p.m. in a paring with Matthew Baldwin.

You can follow LeBrun hole-by-hole here.
 

Countdown to kickoff: 76 days until FAU's season-opener

76

Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31


FAU’s current No. 76s: OL Ricaldo Henry and DL Markenel Zele

Henry, a redshirt senior whowent to Fort Lauderdale-Piper, is a transfer from Ellsworth CC in Iowa with his brother, Nicardo Henry a defensive lineman for the Owls.

Zele is a redshirt junior from Pompano Beach-Ely.

FAU players who have worn No.76:

Kevin Fischer (2001-04, pictured, center, between Cardinal Newman coach Steve Walsh, left and former offensive lineman coach Dale Williams)

Robert St. Clair (2005)

Ryan Wischnefski (2006-09)

Owl Access Link Center

FAU Basketball: Jarvis lukewarm on texting rule

FAU Football:
Schnellenberger still wants 64-teams in his playoff

Other links:
...Northern baseball schools lost their Omaha excuse thanks to Stony Brook and Kent State (Birmingham News)

...North Texas hoops in mid-season form (Denton Record-Chronicle)
 

 

 

Schnellenberger still wants 64-teams in his playoff

As most FAU fans know former FAU coach Howard Schnellenberger is a big proponent of a playoff system for college football.

But even though it appears we are on a collision course with a four-team playoff, that’s not enough for Schnellenberger.

Check out this piece by Rick Bozich where Schnellenberger digs in when it comes to one of his favorite topics as he proposes a 64-team playoff.

Of course, Schnellenberger knows it's not going to happen, but it is an interesting concept.

Also of note, is that this one of the first pieces written by Bozich, a former columnist for the Louisville Courier-Journal, who recently left the paper to write for Louisville TV station WDRB. Kind of strange for a journalist on top of his game to be making a move like that, but that’s the state of the newspaper industry these days.

At any rate, Bozich, the top writer in Louisville, often writes about Schnellenberger so you might want to keep track of him at his new home at wdrb.com.
 

Countdown to kickoff: 77 days until FAU's season-opener

77

Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31

FAU’s current No. 77: DL David Huntt

The walk-on redshirt junior from Marathon will be counted on to provide depth for the Owls up front.

FAU players who have worn No.77:

Dave Richards (2001-04)

Joshua McClover (2006-08)

Kyle Pitcock (2007)

Owl Access Link Center

FAU Football: LB Lockley signs with Alouettes

Other links…

...MTSU lands four commitments (Murfreesboro Daily News Journal)

...UNT adds to 2012 recruiting class (Denton Record Chronicle)

...Schools spending money to improve (ESPN.com)
 

Lockley makes it official, signs with Alouettes

A few days ago we caught up with former FAU linebacker Michael Lockley just before he was hopping a plane to head to Canada.

Lockley was expected to sign with the Montreal Alouettes of the Candian Football League.

Well, a quick follow-up shows that Lockley has done just that and signed with the Alouettes. Lockley will wear No. 91 for Montreal, which plays its pre-season opener tonight against Winnipeg (unfortunately not on TV).

By the way, Lockley will have plenty to talk about with Montreal coach Marc Trestman. Trestman, who has won the Grey Cup twice, was the quarterbacks coach for the 1983 National Championship Miami Hurricanes coached by Howard Schnellenberger.
 

Countdown to kickoff: 78 days until FAU's season-opener

78

Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31

FAU’s current No. 78: DL Troy Niblack

Niblack made the switch from offensive tackle to defensive tackle during the spring and was behind starter Jimmy Jean at the end of spring drills.

FAU players who have worn No.78:

Jay Bitzer (2001)

William McDonald (2002-04)

Jarrid Smith (2005-07)

FAU Owl Access Links

FAU AD Search: FAU should pass on Ed Stewart as next AD

FAU AD Search: Four candidates have come in so far

FAU AD Search: A look at who FAU should be interviewing for AD job


Other links...
FAU comes in at No. 119 (Yahoo! Sports)

South Alabama left out of EA Sports’ NCAA Football 13 because of poor research (Yahoo! Sports)

MTSU still pursuing C-USA (Murfreesboro Daily News Journal)

New UNT hoops coach hits road recruiting (Denton Record-Chronicle)
 

FAU should pass on Ed Stewart as next AD

I just posted who I believe FAU should be talking to as finalists for the AD position and you may have noticed one name not mentioned from the list of who has applied that has actually been in for an interview.

Associate Big 12 Commissioner Ed Stewart was one of the first candidates to be interviewed, but I would have passed on bringing him to Boca Raton for a visit.

I wonder if anyone on the advisory committee did their due diligence or remembers the scandal involving Stewart when he was at Mizzou.

If not here’s a reminder. According to media reports, in 2003 Stewart’s wife was taped having jailhouse conversations with basketball player Ricky Clemons, while Ed Stewart was a senior administrator at Missouri.

Amy Stewart told Clemons (still in jail at the time mind you) that he held the key to bringing down several important people in the Missouri athletic department and seemed to think this was a good thing. Some sentences are bolded by me for emphasis.

"Ed come home, every time he come home, he be like, ‘Them crackers shaking. They going crazy. They don’t know what to do. They shaking. They can’t talk to Ricky. They’re like some crackheads running around there,’ ” Amy Stewart said, according to media reports.

For more context click here and here.

As you can imagine, this one of the more embarrassing episodes in recent years at Missouri, but that didn’t stop FAU from making Stewart, who left Missouri in 2006 to work for the Big 12, one of the first candidates interviewed. It’s believed that Stewart, a former All-American linebacker at Nebraska, was not asked about this controversy while interviewing with members of the advisory committee meaning that FAU either didn’t know about one of the biggest scandals in Mizzou history or didn’t care.

The way I see it, this was a few years ago and perhaps this gaffe is not reflective of Stewart today. However, after perusing the list of applicants there just seems to be so many candidates who weren’t involved in a high-profile controversey at their former school. FAU should thank Stewart for his time - and keep looking at candidates after doing a bit of research.
 

A look at who FAU should be interviewing for AD job

No one asked me, in fact I’m sure those charged with finding and vetting the candidates to become FAU’s next AD are doing just a fine job.

But just in case, I’d like to throw in my two cents. Of course I am working at a disadvantage since I am working off a list of people who have actually applied while FAU is interviewing some candidates who have not.

Of those who have applied here are the first applicants who I would bring in for an interview and a quick reason why.

William Chaves - AD at Eastern Washington
Already interviewed, done a good job at mid-major program

Blake James - Sr. Associate AD for External Operations at Miami
Came to the U from Maine where he was AD

Ed Manetta - Former AD at St. John's
Hired Mike Jarvis at SJU

Bruce Stewart - Associate AD at Old Dominion
No. 2 at program moving to C-USA

Johhny Williams - Former AD at Troy
Did plenty of heavy lifting to get Troy where it is now

Tim Leonard - Interim AD at SMU
May not be interested since Steve Orsini was fired (wouldnt rule out Orsini either)

 


 

Former FAU pitcher Garton signs with Tampa Bay

This one isn't a surprise but it still deserves to be noted. Former FAU pitcher Ryan Garton has signed a contract with the Tampa Bay Rays.

Garton went 21-11 during his four-year FAU career. The Rays drafted Garton in the 34th round of last week's MLB first year player draft.

He is the second player in as many years to be drafted by the Rays, following second baseman Raymond Church. Like Church last season, Garton has been assigned to the Hudson Valley Renegades of the short season New York-Penn League.

Garton posted a 9-3 record with a 3.09 ERA in 15 starts during 2012. Those numbers earned Garton All-Sun Belt honors.

Church, meanwhile, was released by Tampa Bay in the spring.

Countdown to kickoff: 79 days until FAU's season-opener

79

Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31

FAU’s current No. 79: OL Jordan Sessa and DL Patrick Adolphe

Sessa, a redshirt junior from South Broward. started three games last season and could be in a battle for the starting assignment again this season with JUCO transfer Mustafa Johnson and Jimmie Colley.

Sessa, pictured, also has the distinction of actually working on the construction crew last summer of FAU’s football stadium.

Adolphe is a walk-on senior from Delray Beach-Atlantic.

FAU players who have worn No.79:

OL Kevin Ketchum (2001-03)

OL Jarret McDonald (2005-07)

Owl Access Link Center

FAU Football: FAU doesn't spend much on football recruiting

Other links...

Georgia's strict drug policy noble, but puts Dawgs at disadvantage (SI.com)

Yahoo! Sports starts its countdown with Nos. 124-121. And the Owls aren't on it! (Yahoo! Sports)
 

 

FAU doesn't spend much on football recruiting

ESPN.com released a survey of recruiting budgets for all of the Football Bowl Subdivision teams.

It’s not a shock that FAU comes in near the bottom in the nation with just $111,456 spent on recruiting in 2011, but that’s not a shot at the Owls being cheap when it comes to getting new players.

Instead it’s a testament to recruiting home-grown talent. One of the biggest costs for recruiting is for air fare for coaches to go out of state and also to bring in players from far flung areas.

However with FAU’s strategy of recruiting mainly in-state prospects, hardly any of the travel expenses were for plane tickets.

Under Carl Pelini we’ve seen that there will be more junior college players brought in than the past, but the focus will still likely be on players from Florida – and FAU doesn’t need to spend money in this area to be competitive.

A look at the offers given by FAU for 2013 can be found on our recruiting page and you can see there are a few out-of-state players, but largely the players FAU wants are from The Sunshine State.

Here’s a list of Sun Belt football recruiting budgets for 2011. For the entire report, click here

Arkansas State $123,086
FAU $111,456
FIU $183,748
ULL 132,922
ULM $44,057
MTSU $203,596
North Texas $126,047
Troy $87,330
WKU $170,323

Countdown to kickoff: 80 days until FAU's season-opener

80

Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31


FAU’s current No. 80: TE Forrest Campbell

Campbell, a redshirt sophomore from Bishop Verot High School in Fort Myers, could provide some depth at tight end this season after seeing some action in the spring.

FAU players who have worn No. 80...

Erik Benson (2002)

EJ Jones (2004

Damian Amondo (2006)

Lester Jean (2007-08)

Amos Wood, Jr (2009)

Paul Moore (2010)

Owl Access Links

FAU AD Search: Another candidate in for interview

FAU Football:
Offer list keeps growing

FAU Baseball:
Alex Hudak signes with Royals


Other links:

...FAU baseball signee Levi Meyer part of NJCAA title-winning team (Wichita Eagle)

...Florida State doubles recruiting budget (Detroit Free Press)

...Perhaps Stony Brook's College World Series run will make college football's honchos wake up (Yahoo! Sports)
 

FAU outfielder Hudak signs with Kansas City Royals

After waiting through 40 rounds and a weekend, Alex Hudak finally received the call he'd been hoping for.

“I woke up early (on Monday) and was getting ready to head to the field. I got a call from a scout that I knew from the Kansas City Royals and he asked me if I was ready to play some more baseball,” Hudak said.

Hudak didn't wait long to answer. On Tuesday he'll board a flight to Arizona, where the Royals have their training complex, with intentions of signing with the club.

“I've got my tickets booked and I'm ready to go,” Hudak said.

One of the Owls' hottest hitters at the start of the 2012 season, a fractured ankle caused the left-handed hitting Hudak to miss nearly 20 games. The senior's power stroke never really returned after the injury, which likely played a large role in his going undrafted.

Even with the missed time, Hudak still hit .282 with 5 home runs and 23 RBI. His two-run double in the bottom of the ninth in the regular season's penultimate game tied the score against FIU. The Owls would go on to win that game to claim the Sun Belt title.

Hudak will become the second Owl in as many years to sign a free agent deal with the Royals. Shortstop Nick DelGuidice hit a combined .390 for two Royals minor league clubs last season after going undrafted.

Though the Royals didn't say where Hudak will be assigned, he expects to start in the rookie-level Arizona league.

FAU’s list of offers keeps growing

As we pointed out a few days ago, camp season has started for FAU football and that means there will be frequent updates to our 2013 recruiting list.

Case in point -  after going through drills at FAU’s individual camp, Jacksonville-Manadarin wide receiver Kamrin Solomon picked up an offer from FAU on Monday.

OwlAccess.com's Chuck King was at the camp and shot this pricture of Soloman making a catch.

Solomon is on our list of more than 100 players who have received offers from FAU, most of which were given during and immediately after the May evaluation period.

This is definitely more offers than FAU had given out at this time in the past. It would appear the Owls are being very aggressive to start the 2013 recruiting season.

It's a long way until signing day, but we'll stay on top of it every step of the way and invite you to do the same by checking out our recruiting page , which we will be updating often.

Our lists are one of the biggest reasons to subscribe to OwlAccess.com. For more information on how to get your Owl Access pass, click here.

 

Countdown to kickoff: 81 days until FAU's season-opener

81

Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31


FAU’s current No. 81s: WR Blake Bierman

Bierman has some nice moves and while he has yet to make a catch, has proved effective as a punt returner. Bierman, a redshirt junior from Bradenton-Southeast, had eight punt returns last season and could be in that same spot this season.

FAU players who have worn No. 81...

TE Dantson Dareus (2001-05)

TE Rob Housler (Pictured, 2006-10)

 

Owl Access Link Center

FAU Hoops: Owls hold first of many camps this week

Other links:

...Taking a look at the Owls from a Georgia perspective (Macon Telegraph)

...Georgia State still wants to play in CAA Tournament (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

...Stony Brook stuns LSU (Baton Rouge Advocate)

...A look at improvements to MTSU's football stadium (Murfreesboro Daily News Journal)

 

 

 

 

 

 

FAU youth basketball camps begin this week

Yesterday we told you about the football camps being held at FAU. Today we talk hoops.

For those looking to polish their basketball skills, the FAU basketball team also hosts a few camps, including one held over the weekend. The FAU basketball team camp sold out. It featured 44 schools and gave coaches the opportunity to see local players perform. Sagemont won the tournament.

I stopped by The Burrow on Sunday to catch a little bit of the action. That's where the photo came from.

The Burrow will be overrun with youngsters for the next couple weeks.

The Owls will also host individual five-day camps for youngsters age 7 and up each of the next two weeks. Parents interests in enrolling their children in those camps should call the Hoops Hotline: (561) 482-1136.

Countdown to kickoff: 82 days until FAU's season-opener

82

Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31


FAU’s current No. 82: S Burak Kiranlar

Kiranlar is from Greer, S.C. and is one of the few of the growing number of players from outside the state of Florida. Kiranler joined the team after going through walk-on tryouts in 2010 and has yet to play in a game.

FAU players who have worn No. 83:

TE Frank Conrad (2001)

WR Casey McGahee (2002-03)

TE-OL Ed Wertepny (2006-07)

TE-DL Paul Muse (Pictured, 2008-09)

QB Alex Fick (2010)

Owl Access Link Center

FAU Football:Owls begin football camps

Other linkage...

Two former Auburn players shot dead (Birmingham News)

ULL also hit hard in draft (Lafayette Daily Advertiser)

 

 

 

 

FAU football camp season is underway

Most local high schools have completed their school year, which usually kicks off camp season. This year is no different.

Starting this weekend FAU will be packed with campers. FAU football begins its individual camps for high school football players on Saturday, running through Monday. Along with helping area high school football players improve their football skills, these next three days will give FAU coaches an opportunity to evaluate local talent.

Beginning on Tuesday, FAU will host a three-day youth camp for football players from grades 4-8. There are still spots available. Anyone interested in enrolling their child should email Sean Todd at stodd@fau.edu.

The following weekend (June 15-17) marks FAU's high school team camp. At least 11 local high schools are already scheduled to participate. Like the individual camps, the team camp also provides FAU coaches with the opportunity to see some Florida players in action.

The Owls will round out their camp schedule with a special linebacker camp held June 18-19.

Here's more info on FAU's camps or you can go to www.fausports.com...

 

Countdown to kickoff: 83 days until FAU's season-opener

83

Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31

FAU’s current No. 83: WR Marcus Cuningham

The redshirt sophomore from Lakeland-Kathleeen made an impression last season and earned one of the starting receiver positions. Cunningham, who grabbed his first career touchdown on a 22-yard catch from Graham Wilbert in the Owls’ 41-7 loss at FIU, is expected to be a starter again this season.

FAU players who have worn No. 83:

TE Ben Coker (2001-04)

WR Wilfred Rivera (2006-08)

WR Jamal Davis (2009)

WR Alex Pecorela (2009)

Owl Access Link Center

FAU Football: JUCO WR McKinney says he didn't commit to Owls

FAU Baseball: Juniors Alvarez, Newton sign pro contracts

Other links:

...South Alabama left out of NCAA Football '13 (Thunderjags.com)

...Former Sun Belt commissioner Waters named first-ever Football Bowl Association Executive Director (Monroe News-Star)
 

 

 

 

 

 

FAU juniors Alvarez, Newton sign pro contracts

Both of the FAU juniors selected in this week's MLB Draft have signed professional contracts.

The photo shows third-round choice R. J. Alvarez signing his deal with the Los Angeles Angels. The Angels told Alvarez he will skip rookie league and short season. He will be reporting to Class A Cedar Rapids of the Midwest League on Monday.

FAU third baseman Kyle Newton signed with the Rockies, who selected him in the 19th round.

“I thought I was ready to make that step in the next direction for sure,” Newton said. “It's amazing. It's a lifelong dream. It's great for me and my family and all the coaches who helped me get here.”

Newton will report to Grand Junction in the short season Pioneer League.

Congratulations to both players.

McKinney says he didn't commit to FAU

Earlier this week we told FAU fans that City College of San Francisco wide receiver Daniel McKinney planned to visit FAU.

McKinney said the visit went well, but, despite a Friday internet report saying he committed to FAU, made clear he has not committed to the Owls – at least not yet.

“I didn't commit. I just came down here and took a visit. I'm just waiting until next week,” McKinney told me this morning shortly before he boarded a plane to return home.

The 6-foot-1, 225-pound receiver said he enjoyed his trip to Boca Raton and doesn't have any visits to other schools planned.

He recently visited Akron and wants to take the weekend to sort out his thoughts. Should he choose FAU, he expects to be with the Owls for the second summer session and would be eligible for the 2012 season.

“FAU - they are the top of my list right now. They are the number one school right now,” McKinney said. “I'll just try to clear my head and make sure I'm making the right decision.”

McKinney could make a serious impact for the Owls, who are in desperate need of slot receivers.

One of the most explosive players on a City College of San Francisco team ranked by some as the top JUCO squad in the nation in 2011, McKinney caught 52 passes for 656 yards and five TDs in 10 games. He led the Rams with seven catches for 85 yards and scored a touchdown in the California state title game.

He had originally committed to West Virginia after that season, but the Mountaineers turned away upon learning that McKinney still needed to complete some academic requirements. McKinney expects to satisfy those requirements in the coming days.

Countdown to kickoff: 84 days until FAU's season-opener

84

Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31

FAU’s current No. 84: TE Alex DeLeon

DeLeon, the first player to commitment in the Owls’ 2010 signing class, has been patient playing behind tight ends such as Rob Housler, Darian Williams and Nexon Dorvilus. This season, expect DeLeon to battle Dorvilus for the starting job.

FAU players who have worn No. 84

  • TE Anthony Crissinger-Hill (2001, 2003-04)
  • WR Conshario Johnson (2006-08)
  • TE James Oboh (2009)

Owl Access Links

FAU Football: Sun Belt champion will win Wright Waters Trophy

Other links:

...FAU P Ryan Garton drafted by hometown team (Tampa Tribune)
...South Alabama has best winning percentage in nation (Mobile Press-Register)
...Blakeney gives update on Trojans (Dothan Eagle)
...FSU may have opening on 2013 schedule (CollegeFootballTalk.com)

 

Sun Belt champ will win Wright Waters Trophy

The Sun Belt Conference football champion will take home the Wright Waters Trophy, the league announced on Thursday.

The trophy will honor Waters, who retired at Sun Belt Conference Commissioner earlier this year and led it through the period where it added football.

Allow me to be the first to refer that in years when the league has two or more teams tying for the co-championship, while all those teams will likely receive trophies, the winner of the tie-breaker will earn the “right” Waters Trophy.

Here's the full release from the conference office...

Sun Belt Football Championship Trophy to Honor Wright Waters

NEW ORLEANS – The annual winner of the Sun Belt Conference’s football regular season will take home the H. Wright Waters Trophy as the league approved the honor at its recent conference meetings in San Destin, Florida.

 

Waters served as Commissioner of the Sun Belt Conference from 1998 through 2012 and is largely responsible for football becoming a league sponsored sport.  The Sun Belt had been a viable entity on the nation’s collegiate athletic map since its founding in 1976, but Waters made the call for a serious approach to gaining access to the Football Bowl Subdivision.  Due to his leadership, the league played its inaugural season under his watch in 2001.

 

“The best word to sum up Wright Waters’ tenure as Sun Belt Conference Commissioner is ‘transformational,’” said Sun Belt Conference President and Troy University Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins.   “His leadership brought football to our league, put the Sun Belt in the Football Bowl Subdivision and, consequently, we are stronger academically, athletically and financially today than at any time in history. Naming our football championship trophy after Wright Waters is an appropriate way to honor this visionary leader who changed the Sun Belt Conference for the better.”


 

Countdown to kickoff: 85 days until FAU's season-opener

85

Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31

FAU’s current No. 85: TE Eamon Ryan

A preferred walk-on from Palm Bay, where he was named to the FACA All-District 11 team, Ryan red-shirted last season.

FAU players who have worn No. 85

  • Arthur Cave (2001-03)
  • Jervonte Jackson (2004)
  • Mike Wilds (2005-07)
  • Darian Williams (2008-10, pictured)

 

Owl Access Links

FAU Football: Former WV commit McKinney visiting FAU

FAU Football: Former Owl Lockley to sign with CFL's Alouettes

FAU Baseball: Owls hit hard by draft


Other links:
...ULL won't be picked last in nation this season (Lafayette Daily Advertiser)
...MTSU back on hardwood (Murfreesboro Daily News-Journal)
...ULM's Zeigler will forgo senior season, Browning signs free agent contract (Monroe News-Star)
 

Former WV commit McKinney visiting FAU

Perhaps the most glaring need displayed by FAU during its spring practice came at slot receiver. The Owls may be on the verge of filling that need.

Wide receiver Daniel McKinney, a former West Virginia commit, is expected to arrive in Boca Raton on Wednesday to visit FAU.

“I'm not really looking to go anywhere that I'm not a priority and FAU is making me a priority,” McKinney said.

One of the most explosive players on a City College of San Francisco team ranked by some as the top JUCO squad in the nation in 2011, McKinney caught 52 passes for 656 yards and five TDs in 10 games. He led the Rams with seven catches for 85 yards and scored a touchdown in the California state title game.

McKinney committed to the Mountaineers, but couldn't complete a class he needed in time to qualify academically. McKinney said he will fulfill that requirement in the coming days and plans to enroll at a four year institution for the fall semester at the latest. If that school is FAU, he could start taking classes in the final summer session. He has two years of eligibility remaining and would be eligible to play in the 2012 season.

Michigan, Michigan St. and Syracuse showed interest when McKinney was at Melvindale High School in Michigan, but they backed off when it became clear he wouldn't qualify academically. McKinney decided to pursue a year at prep school and sat out another year before beginning his junior college career.

Akron and Western Michigan are among the schools currently showing interest. McKinney said at this point he'd likely choose a smaller school over a BCS school in an effort to ensure maximum playing time.

“Late pickups don't really seem to get the shot that all the other people get,” McKinney said.

The Owls' switch to the spread offense under new head coach Carl Pelini necessitated the search for more wide receivers. Injuries during the spring to DeAndre Richardson and Paul Moore further emphasized the need for more quality pass catchers.

Should McKinney commit to FAU, he would stand an excellent chance of contributing immediately. Though he likely would spend most of his time in the slot, his 6-foot-1, 220-pound frame would afford McKinney the opportunity to line-up outside as well.
 

Former Owl Lockley to sign with CFL's Alouettes

Former FAU linebacker Michael Lockley is about to return to organized football.

Lockley is scheduled to fly to Montreal today where he intends to sign with the Montreal Alouettes of the CFL.

“I don't want to wait anymore (for an NFL offer),” Lockley said. “I had a guaranteed thing, so I'm going to go play for them.”

Lockley (photo, breaking up a pass) graduated from Florida Atlantic following the 2010 season. An undrafted free agent, Lockley signed with the Jacksonville Jaguars, beginning the 2011 season on the practice squad before being promoted  to the NFL squad. He played mostly on special teams before being released shortly before the end of the regular season.

With the Alouettes, Lockley expects to receive more game time on defense, providing a platform to showcase his skills to NFL scouts.

“You just get to  a point where you want to go play,” Lockley said.

A couple of NFL teams had told Lockley's agent they were interested in bringing the 6-foot-1, 240-pound linebacker to their pre-season camp, but none had made an offer.

Lockley finally decided that playing was better than waiting.

“If I waited for NFL camp, I couldn't go play in Canada,” he said.

Lockley shouldn't have to wait long to get into a game.

Montreal's first pre-season is scheduled for June 14. The first regular season game is July 1 at Calgary.

Countdown to kickoff: 86 days until FAU's season-opener

86

Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31

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FAU’s current No. 86: WR Hakeeme Ishmar

Originally a tight end, Ishmar has been moved to wide receiver.Ishmar saw action last season, mostly on special teams.

FAU players who have worn No. 86

  • Danny Hernandez (2001)
  • Jake Lucie (2002-03)
  • Darren Coney (2004)
  • Mauricio Riquer (2006)
  • Conor Cole (2007)
  • Jared Pizutti (2008)
  • Nexon Dorvilus (2009-10)

Owl Access Link Center

FAU Football: Senior fullback Xavier Stinson kicked off team

FAU Baseball: Angels draft Owls pitcher R.J. Alvarez

FAU Women's Basketball: Owls add two assistants

Other links

...FAU pitcher Hugh Adams back with Bethesda big Train (Laurel Gazette)

...Sun Belt Player of the Year Sy drafted in 12th round (Monroe News-Star)

...Miami settles with former coach Shannon (Sun-Sentinel)

...Bobby Bowden wants to be on BCS panel (ESPN.com)
 

 

 

Fullback Xavier Stinson kicked off FAU football team

Even those who embraced new FAU coach Carl Pelini's pronouncement that there will be some roster shake-ups prior to the start of the 2012 season may have a tough time getting their arms around this one.

Xavier Stinson, a two-year starter at fullback, is no longer a member of the FAU football team, his mother told OwlAccess.com.

“I'm very disturbed about it,” Theresa Barber said.

Barber said her son was informed of the decision after he missed two voluntary summer workouts and a study hall session. A source familiar with the process indicated that Stinson had recently missed multiple academic appointments.

Stinson rushed for 277 yards on 94 carries, and caught 43 passes for 329 yards and three touchdowns during his career.  Where he would fit in Carl Pelini's new spread offense, which doesn't employ a fullback, was unclear entering spring workouts.

However, coaches said the senior performed surprising well at feature back early in spring before an ankle injury sustained during the opening weeks of the workouts ended his spring prematurely.

A vocal leader of the Owls, Stinson had become a fan favorite for his punishing running style on the field and ever present smile off it.

Upon learning of her son's dismissal Barber says she requested an in-person meeting with Pelini.

“I asked him if I could come in and talk to him and he refused,” Barber said. “How can you come to South Florida and do this to our kids?”

Pelini told Owl Access on Tuesday that FAU's roster remains officially unchanged. Stinson did not immediately respond to an interview request.

Stinson will be allowed to finish his handful of remaining classes and graduate. A couple Division II schools are already showing interest should Stinson choose to transfer.

“When one door closes, God opens another,” Barber said.

FAU women's basketball adds two assistants

FAU women's basketball coach Kellie Lewis-Jay has added Harry Elifson and Vera Jones as assistant coaches.

"Our student-athletes are going to benefit greatly by being surrounded by these two individuals," Lewis-Jay said. "Harry and Vera will make an immediate impact with not only our current student athletes, but future student athletes as well. I am honored to have both of them joining our Owl family."

Harry Elifson

  • Comes to FAU after two successful seasons at Wright State University, helping the Dayton, Ohio, college achieve consecutive 20-win seasons
  • Also spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Morehead State University
  • Was on the coaching staff at the University of South Florida from 2000-06
  • A coaching Class 5A state championship teams at St. Petersburg's Boca Ciega High School in 1995 and 1996, and was a semifinalist in 1999. His 1995-96 team ranked 18th nationally by USA Today, he was a finalist for the 1997 National High School Coach of the Year Award and he was the head coach of the East team in the 2000 Adidas High School All-American game. Elifson posted a 234-87 (.730 winning percentage) high school coaching record from 1989-2000.


Quoting Lewis-Jay: "Having coached in the state of Florida for 19 years at the high school and collegiate level, Harry's connections to the state are immeasurable and will help us as greatly in recruiting not only the state of Florida but the entire Southeast region."

Vera Jones

  • Assistant at Indiana University
  • Assistant University of Dayton
  • Served as interim head coach at Jacksonville's Edward Waters College
  • Coached at high schools in South Carolina and Maryland.
  • Has an extensive broadcasting background as a WNBA and college basketball television analyst for ESPN, Big Ten Network, Fox Sports Net and Madison Square Garden Network.


Quoting Lewis-Jay: "Vera has spent the last five years in Florida after coaching collegiately in the Midwest," said Lewis-Jay. "Her recruiting ties in both areas will serve us well. Vera has spent time as an analyst with both the Big Ten Network and ESPN, and she has a great understanding for the game."

 

Countdown to kickoff: 87 days until FAU's season-opener

87

Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31

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FAU’s current No. 87: WR Byron Hankerson

Hankerson, who played at Plantation-American Heritage, is a walk-on receiver who appeared ready to make an impact in 2011 before he had to sit out the season due to academics. He had a solid spring and could be a contributor in the fall.

FAU players who have worn No. 87

  • DT Jordan Roberts (2001-02)
  • DT Antonio Hall (2004)
  • TE Jamari Grant (2006-09)

 

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FAU Football: Wake Up with Coach Carl Pelini set for Tuesday 

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Wake Up with Coach Carl Pelini set for Tuesday

Hadn’t seen this mentioned anywhere and I hope it’s not too late, but someone just mentioned they were headed to what sounds like a decent event.

Here's the details from the FAU Alumni Association...

Wake Up with Coach Carl Pelini: Get Motivated & Inspired!
Tuesday, June 5
7:45 to 9:30 a.m.

Delray Acura Premier Club Level, FAU Stadium
Boca Raton Campus

Join FAU Alumni and members of PULSE for a buffet breakfast with featured speaker Carl Pelini, FAU's Head Football Coach! Network with fellow business professionals while learning more about the FAU football program and Coach Pelini's philosophy for success.

PULSE (Professionals United for Leadership, Service and Empowerment), is the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce's group for ?business professionals under 40.

I assume it’s not late since you can buy tickets at the door. For more details, click here.
 

Countdown to kickoff: 88 days until FAU's season-opener

88

Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31

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FAU’s current No. 88: WR Jarrard Hunter

The sophomore, who originally signed with West Virginia, has seen limited action in his career due to injuries, but did get into three games last season.
 

FAU players who have worn No. 88

  • Thomas Parker (2001-05)
  • Jason Harmon (2006-09)

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FAU Baseball: FAU could have a player drafted in the first-round for ther first time

FAU Football: Former offensive coordinator Darryl Jackson to coach defensive backs at Bryant


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...ULM loses in NCAA Regionals (Monroe News-Star)

...MTSU locker room renovation is underway (Murfeesboro Daily News Journal)

...Pac-12 doesn't take formal position on playoff after meetings (CBSSports.com)

 

Former FAU coach Darryl Jackson on staff at Bryant

Forgot to mention this, but after writing about former FAU running backs coach David Serna landing an internship with the Miami Dolphins, my memory was jogged on another former Owls coach who has surfaced recently.

Former FAU offensive coordinator Darryl Jackson will be on staff of Bryant as a defensive backs coach.

Bryant is an FCS school (formerly I-AA) and competes in the Northeast Conference, the same league that Wagner, the Owls’ first opponent is in.

Jackson (pictured, with FAU QB Graham Wilbert) has spent most of his career as an offensive coach, but was a defensive back as a player at San Diego.

We’re certainly glad to see some of the former coaches land on their feet and I’m sure Owl fans will want wish Jackson good luck at Bryant.
 

Countdown to kickoff: 89 days until FAU's season-opener

89

Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31

FAU’s current No. 89: WR Derek Moise

The sophomore from Booker. T. Washington High School in Miami played in 11 games last season, starting two of them and had 10 catches for 119 yards including an 18-yard touchdown pass from Graham Wilbert vs. Arkansas State. Was running with the starting unit during the spring.

FAU  players who have worn No. 89

  • Richard Spencer (2001)
  • Tito Pollice (2002-04)
  • Justin Cleveland (2006)
  • Phillip McDonald (2007)
  • Nick Osborne (2008-10)
  • Forest Campbell (2010)

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Former RB coach Serna earns NFL minority internship

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Former RB coach Serna earns NFL minority internship

Congratulations to former FAU running backs coach David Serna, who was chosen to participate in the Bill Walsh Minority Internship Program with the Miami Dolphins.

Serna will participate with the Dolphins from June 19-21.

When I think of the contributions Serna made on FAU football program since he arrived in 2005 from UTEP I can’t help to think of how much he helped some of the best running backs in FAU history develop. He was instrumental in getting the most of out of Charles Pierre, DiIvory Edgecomb and Alfred Morris, who was drafted by the Washington Redksins in the sixth round.

Serna was also a valuable recruiter for FAU, who had a hand in landing many of the players from the central Florida region who contributed to the team in the last few years.
 

Countdown to kickoff: 90 days until FAU's season-opener

90

Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31

FAU’s current No. 90: None

FAU  players who have worn No. 90: 

  • William Gray 2001-04
  • Vinnie Henderson 2005-06
  • Mauricio Riquer 2007-09

FAU’s most recent roster doesn’t have a No. 90 so we have to go back to the past to look at the players who that number for the Owls. Mauricio Riquer had a memorable block of a potential game-winning field goal in FAU’s game vs. ULM in 2007. But the top No. 90 has to be William Gray, a mainstay of the early FAU teams. Gray (pictured) played in every game from 2001-04, is tied for FAU”s record for three sacks in a game and holds the single-season record of 43 yards from sacks in 2003.

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FAU Volleyball:

FGCU assistant Fernanda Nelson accepts offer to be Owls' next coach

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...Colts sign 3rd-round draft pick T.Y. Hilton of FIU (Miami Herald)

...Warhawks fall to Tigers (Monroe News-Star)

...SEC goes with 6-1-1 scheduling format, won't budge on top four in playoffs (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)

 

Report: FGCU assistant Nelson to coach FAU volleyball

Florida Gulf Coast assistant Fernanda Nelson will be the next volleyball coach at FAU, the Naples Daily News reported Friday.

Nelson has been an assistant at FGCU for four seasons and was an assistant at National American University, her alma mater, for four seasons before arriving at FGCU in 2008.

Nelson was an NAIA National Player of the Year in 2001 and 2003 and was one of the top players in Brazil, her native country.

Nelson takes over for Jody Brown, who was the Owls’ coach since 1995 and compiled a 225-263 record.
 

Countdown to kickoff: 91 days until FAU's season-opener

91

Days until FAU vs. Wagner on Aug. 31

FAU’s current No. 91: DE Martin Wright

 If you don’t know much about Wright, you should read this powerful story on how he wound up at FAU. After recording 33 tackles last season as a linebacker, Wright spent most of the spring as the starting defensive end in place of Cory Henry, who was slowed by a hamstring injury.

 Other FAU  players who have worn No. 91:

  • Andy Czuprynski (2008-09)
  • Damian Amando (2007)
  • Josh Jenkins (2002-06)
  • Jake Beckman (2001)

 

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FAU Football: 

FAU-WKU on Nov. 10 will kickoff at 4 p.m.

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