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Fine, so Florida Atlantic won't set the Sun Belt world on fire in
its second season in the big leagues after going 2-9 in 2005 and
with a boatload of young players needing to fill key roles.
It doesn't matter right now. A team can go from the outhouse to the
penthouse in a big hurry in the Sun Belt, and Howard
Schnellenberger's program has the potential to be a champion very
With the south Florida recruiting base to draw from and a recent
history of success, at least, one year of success, FAU could quickly
become a major thorn in the Sun Belt's side with enough good
athletes and the solid coaching to become a yearly contender.
Head coach: Howard Schnellenberger
6th year: 28-30
22nd year overall: 128-107-3
Off. 18, Def. 22, ST 1
Lettermen Lost: 10
Best Owl Players
1. RB DiIvory Edgecomb, Soph.
2. OT Nello Faulk, Sr.
3. FB Aaron Sanchez, Sr.
4. WR Casey McGahee, Sr.
5. DT Jervonte Jackson, Soph.
6. FS Taheem Acevedo, Jr.
7. SS Kris Bartels, Jr.
8. WR Frantz Simeon, Soph.
9. LB Ted Czepiga, Soph.
10. TE Jamari Grant, RFr.
at Kansas State
at Oklahoma State
at South Carolina
at UL Monroe
at North Texas
2005 Record: 2-9
2005 predicted wins
Kansas L 30-19
Oklahoma St L 23-3
at Minnesota L 46-7
UL Monroe L 28-21
at Louisville L 61-10
UL Lafayette W 28-10
MTSU L 35-14
at Ark St L 3-0 OT
at Troy L 28-14
North Texas W 26-23
at FIU L 52-6
However, the team will have to go through
some major growing pains this season with a
ridiculously young defense and an offense that might not be a whole
bunch better after only scoring 148 points last season. Call it a
possible step back to take a giant leap forward.
The 2007 Owls will have experience and depth to burn just about
everywhere. The 2006 Owls have to find some semblance of a pass rush
after generating six sacks. They have to get a more consistent passing
game going despite losing the top two receivers and leader Danny Embick
at quarterback. They have to navigate their way through a brutal first
half of the season with a defensive front seven that's among the
smallest in the country, an offensive line with little depth, and
special teams that were a nightmare last season and are in total
disarray going into this year.
However, the cupboard isn't completely bare. The backfield has several
good running backs to choose from, the safeties should be among the
deepest in the Sun Belt, and there's more than enough quickness to go
Once again, it doesn't take much to make a big jump up in the Sun Belt,
so the hope is for a bit of improvement by late October when the meat of
the conference schedule kicks in.
Yumpin yiminy .... five straight road games to start the season.
Seven road games in all along with a neutral site date with FIU. At
Clemson, at Kansas State, at Oklahoma State and at South Carolina
before starting the Sun Belt season at UL Monroe. Good luck with
that. Things ease up over the second half of the year and there's a
nice break getting last year's conference heavyweights UL Lafayette
and Arkansas State at home. Going on the road to face MTSU and North
Texas isn't a plus.
Offensive Player: Sophomore RB DiIvory Edgecomb. The quick
sophomore can not only serve as the team's best running back, he can
also turn into one of the team's best receivers if needed. The
offense will find several ways to use his talent.
Defensive Player: Sophomore DT Jervonte Jackson. The safeties are
among the team's best defenders with Taheem Acevedo, Kris Bartels
and Greg Joseph all able to be big playmakers, but Jackson has the
best upside. He's 280 pounds and quick enough to be a good interior
player to a successful season: Junior QB Sean Clayton. It's a
quarterback derby between Frank Messina, Rusty Smith, and the speedy
McKinson Souverain with Clayton the most experienced and steadiest.
He's a decent runner and a nice passer, but his key will be mistakes
... he can't make them. The offense was awful last season and won't
be any better unless Clayton, or one of the quarterbacks, becomes a
season will be a success if ... FAU wins four games. Forget about
a win until October, but that's not to say the Owls can't pull off a
few road wins in conference play and win a few home games to double
last year's victory total.
game: Sept. 30 at UL Monroe. The Sun Belt opener will be the first
game FAU has a chance to play someone its own size. After losing
28-21 in last year's conference opener to the Indians, the Owls
could use the win to signal that 2006 could be a vastly different
The Last Time Florida Atlantic…
- Sacks: Opponents 34 for 227 yards - Florida Atlantic 6 for 23 yards
- Third quarter scoring: Opponents 91 - Florida Atlantic 27
- Field goals: Opponents 13 of 21 - Florida Atlantic 4 of 10
…played in a bowl game…never
…missed a bowl game…2005
…pitched a shutout…2004 (Illinois State)
…was shutout…2005 (Arkansas State)
…scored 50 points…2003 (Siena)
…won a conference title…never
…had a 3,000-yard passer…2003 (Jared Allen)
…had a 1,000-yard rusher…never
…had a 1,000-yard receiver…2003 (Anthony Crissinger-Hill)
…had a first-round draft choice…never