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Sunbelt Record Brakers

This was posted on the Sunsentinel. I thought it was cool so I posted it on here.

FAU is heading into its third official season in the Belt, and already a lot of players are showing up in the lists for career, season and single game records.

QB Rusty Smith is already on two career lists, and one of those is touchdown passes, where he ranks No. 5 with 38. The leader is Steven Jyles of ULL who had 55. Rusty had 32 last year, so do the math.

Oh, and Rusty already is No. 1 in the Belt single-season record list with those 32 TD passes. In distant second is Omar Haugabook of Troy, who had 21 in 2006.

Rusty is also No. 1 in passing yards in a season with 3,688 and No. 1 in attempts in a season with 479.

Rusty is also No. 4 in career completion percentage with 57.8 percent.

Here are some other Owls who are on Sun Belt individual records list:

Kick return yards in a season: No. 1 is DiIvory Edgecomb with 1,155. Edgecomb is No. 3 in most all-purpose yards in a season (1,761) and in all-purpose yards per game (146.8). All those numbers are from last year.

Edgecomb scored on this 29-yard pass in the New Orleans Bowl…

Field goals made in a season: No. 1 is Warley Leroy with 19 in 2007. Second is Dario Aguiniga of New Mexico State with 17 in 2002.

Warley is also No. 1 in field goal attempts in a season with 27.

WR Cortez Gent is tied for No. 3 in receptions in a season with 79, well behind Casey Fitzgerald of NT, who had 111 in 2007 in the pass-happy Mean Green offense.

Gent is No. 4 in receiving yards in a season with 1,082 (Fitzgerald had 1,322).

And here is an odd one – Thomas Parker is second in average yards per catch in a season (minimum 20 catches), with 20.1. Anyone remember Parker? In 2005 FAU played a Belt schedule but was not eligible for post-season play since they were in the second and final transition year in their move from I-AA to I-A.

Tackles in a season: Frantz Joseph is No. 2 with 131 (Cole Snyder of Idaho is No. 1 with 136 in 2004).

Interceptions in a season: Tavious Polo is tied at No. 3 with 7. Leader is Johnathan Burke of Arkansas State, who had 9 in 2003.

Polo also got his sticky hands on the NOBowl Trophy.

Interceptions game: Polo and Corey Small tied for second with three. Damon Nickson of MTSU had 4 in 2006 vs. ULL.

Where FAU makes a notable absence is in rushing records. It doesn’t help that the Owls use a committee back there, but it is also true the running game just hasn’t been much of a factor. FAU can run, just enough to keep defenses honest, but they still have not had a very consistent rushing attack. That could change this year with a senior-laden line and a very solid cadre of backs.

By the time his career is over, Rusty should own a good chunk of the Belt passing records, and surpass Jared Allen to be on top of nearly every FAU list.

Gent still has two more years with Rusty so he could also be at or near the top of a lot of conference and team lists as well.

On D, Frantz Joseph could also leave with a host of records, and Polo is off to a great start with three years left to pad his stats.
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owlfan101 said

This was posted on the Sunsentinel. I thought it was cool so I posted it on here.

We should have a great year! We have a very talented team.

P.S. I don't respond to guest posts. All guests are encouraged to register with the site.
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Re: Sunbelt Record Brakers

The offense should be the most explosive we have had ( might be similar to the Marino days in Dolphin land).  Even with Harmon out.
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