Knee injuries taking toll on Owls' offense
By Ted Hutton
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
Posted August 15 2006
BOCA RATON – Injuries have opened up a few more positions on a Florida Atlantic offense already looking for a new quarterback.
Two projected starters may be lost to knee injuries, coach Howard Schnellenberger said Monday.
Owls senior offensive lineman Antes Perkins underwent an MRI exam Monday to determine whether his injury is more serious than first thought, and junior tight end Mike Wilds will probably opt for season-ending surgery after experiencing pain in the same knee that he had surgery on after last season.
"Injuries have kept too many players out," Schnellenberger said.
Redshirt freshman Lavoris Williams (6 feet 3, 250 pounds), who is from Fort Lauderdale and played at Dillard, has been practicing in place of Perkins, and sophomore Jason Harmon (6-3, 184) is expected to replace Wilds.
Harmon's only experience has been on special teams, and Williams has not yet played a down.
FAU will have its first scrimmage this afternoon, with freshman Rusty Smith and junior Sean Clayton trying to win the starting quarterback job.
"I see steady progress with both of them," said offensive coordinator and quarterback coach Gary Nord. "I think it is a pretty good battle going."
Nord said they will look for the quarterback who can move the ball consistently and with no errors.
A decision on who will be under center when FAU opens the season at Clemson on Sept. 2 will not come until after Saturday's scrimmage, the last one scheduled for the preseason.
Although Wilds has gotten the media press for the TE spot, I thought it was up for grabs anyway. I didn't see the spot as anyone penciled in as the guaranteed starter as in past seasons.
illinoisowl saidDoesn't Dem. Murray have a good shot at TE?
Unfortunately no. Grades.