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Van Camp era to begin for FAU?
Do you remember FAU's 35-14 loss at Middle Tennessee on Nov. 4, 2006 -?

You do if you are Rusty Smith.

That's the last time Smith didn't start a game for the Owls - he entered the game to replace starter Sean Clayton and has been under center at the start of each game since.

That's a stretch of 36 games, that apparently will come to an end this week as FAU is planning for Jeff Van Camp to be under center this week vs. UAB.

Of course, the bigger question is, What about after that? When Howard Schnelleberger was asked Monday afternoon, he didn't know.

But less than an hour after that, Rusty Smith slowly walked into the Oxley Center and had a closed-door meeting with Schnellenberger.

One can assume the extent of Smith's injury - and a possible timetable for a return - was a major part of the discussion.

When it was over FAU released the following statement.

A Full Report on the Status of FAU QB Rusty Smith Expected on Tuesday
BOCA RATON, FL (Nov. 2, 2009) - Florida Atlantic University's quarterback Rusty Smith was examined on Monday. A full status report is expected by Tuesday.
"Rusty was examined today (Monday)," said Howard Schnellenberger, FAU's head coach. "We will have a full report on Tuesday and will begin our game preparation then. At this juncture, we will proceed as if Jeff Van Camp will be this Saturday's starter."



After results were said to be released on Monday, the decision to wait another day sent speculation into overdrive last night.

There are numerous theories, but it appears some light will be shed on the situation later this afternoon (hopefully).

We'll bring you the news as soon as we get it.


Owl Links
FAUOwlAccess.com broke the news on our blog that FAU is preparing to start Jeff Van Camp, had the 10 things you need to know about UAB and also had the debut of our new weekly guide to the Sun Belt Conference that brings you the latest SBC standings, schedule and notes from each game over the weekend.

Also...
  • The Palm Beach Post was reporting on the Rusty Smith shoulder saga
  • The Sun-Sentinel also was following the news.

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