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Quarterback Stephen Curtis wants to be the FAU punter as well

Unlike nearly every other FAU football player, Stephen Curtis is actually in two completely different position battles this spring.

In Sunday's blog we told FAU fans that Curtis enjoyed one of his better spring days at quarterback during Saturday's scrimmage. Curtis also did some punting on Saturday.

When I first noticed Curtis was working with the punt crew, I figured this might be something the new coaching staff asked him to do as a stopgap measure while they look to bring in a replacement this summer for the graduated Mickey Groody.

Turns out, Curtis is excited about the possibility of being the Owls' full-time punter.

“I want to do it,” Curtis said. “I punted in high school and I messed around last year punting.”

Curtis is currently battling scholarship kicker Marcelo Bonani and walk-on Sean Dooley, who is the son of women's soccer coach Brian Dooley, for the punting role.

“The thing that hurts Curtis is obviously he has to work at the quarterback spot,” special teams coach  Brett Diersen said. “The thing that also helps is that he's used to the competition.”

Like a few other positions, it's possible – if not likely – that the player who emerges as the top punter in the spring might not start the season atop the depth chart.

Diersen somewhat cryptically hinted that another candidate or two is expected for fall camp.

“It's a spot, I'm telling you right now, that's wide open,” Diersen said. “It's a spot where we need to get better. It will be wide open even when fall camp starts.”

As far as the guys who will be returning punts, on Saturday the Owls had Blake Bierman, Damian Fortner, Travis Jones and Robert Lohnes fielding punts. Earlier in the week, those four along with DeAndre Richardson, Keith Reaser, and D.J. Frye-Smith were returning kickoffs.

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ULM 10, Arkansas State 1
FIU 4, Troy 2
ULL 2, WKU 1

April 08, 2012

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