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That's too bad abour Ferguson! He would have made a difference in the backfield. Now like most JUCO players who leave FLA, he may never return!


NCAA: Some of us knew that Amaya was a long shot. Parker should have more leverage because of the medical hardship from a couple of years ago.
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does parker have to appeal for his elgibility this year?
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Why would a top running back choose an out of state junior college over a division 1a university? Are being able to keep his grades satisfacory possibly an issue?

FAU - THE REAL SLEEPING GIANT
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Unfortunately, that's probably the only issue. :(
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Earls miss practice

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Sentinel

Hughley happy to be backonfield

By Ted Hutton
Staff Writer
Posted August 11 2005


BOCA RATON ? Willie Hughley always seems to be in hyper-drive, but he has been supersonic the first week of preseason practice for Florida Atlantic.

"I feel really, really good," said Hughley, a senior defensive back who is a fourth-year starter for the Owls.

The source of Hughley's intensity is that he had to sit out spring practice as a precaution for a hairline fracture on his pelvis.

Missing spring was tough on Hughley (5-feet-11, 170 pounds), who thrives on being on the field. In addition to his team-leading six interceptions last season, Hughley had two blocked kicks playing on special teams.

Hughley is part of the most experienced unit on the team. Senior Lawrence Gordon, who started all 11 games last season, will be at the other corner. Troy Pindell, who had six starts in 2004, will be at one safety, with Kris Bartels, David McDowell and Carldayle Brantley battling for the other safety spot.

Defensive backs coach Kirk Hoza said Hughley is moving beyond being an example for his play.

"Everyone knows how he is going to play on Saturday because he has a heart of a lion. What he is doing now is taking others who have to step in and helping them become players like him," Hoza said. …

Senior linebacker Shomari Earls was held out of Wednesday's practice with a sore hamstring.

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Backfield's lone returner will bolster Owls
By Marcus Nelson

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Friday, August 12, 2005

Florida Atlantic fullback Aaron Sanchez carried the ball more often in the Owls' running game in the second half of last season and could be asked to play a bigger role in 2005.

He'll likely have to be asked only once.


Sanchez is happiest when he's running the ball.

"I've always considered myself a fullback/running back," said Sanchez, who had 38 carries for 173 yards and three touchdowns on the ground last season for FAU. "I can be a blocking back and run the ball, too."

Sanchez is the only returning starter in the Owls' backfield this season and is the leading rusher from 2004.

The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Sanchez had his best game last season vs. Edward Waters, when he rushed for 39 yards on eight carries and had two touchdowns.

FAU is hoping for more of the same from Sanchez this season.

"I would expect him to (get more carries) because he has matured," FAU coach Howard Schnellenberger said. "He's been pushing himself and pushing himself."

Although Sanchez likes to have his number called, he blocks well, too.

"He'll be a big part of the offense," said Owls running backs coach David Serna. "Having him back there gives us a new look because he can block and run the ball. He makes us a lot better as a unit."

That versatility ensures that Sanchez will be on the field a lot for the FAU offense, which is still trying to develop a halfback to carry the rushing load.

That's fine with Sanchez.

"I can do so many things and that's why I get so many opportunities," Sanchez said. "I just want to teach those young backs and show a good work ethic."

Noteworthy: Former FAU quarterback Jared Allen was re-signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after being released last week. … The Owls wore limited pads for Thursday's practice and will have their first full-contact workout today.




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Posted on Fri, Aug. 12, 2005






Owls camp notebook

BY BOB EMANUEL JR.

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NUMBERS GAME

FAU lost its top three backs to graduation, leaving a gaping hole in the backfield. A pair of sophomores, B.J. Manley and DiIvory Edgecomb, have looked sharp at the position thus far.

LOOKING GOOD

Freshman wideout Frantz Simeon hauled in a 60-yard TD reception from redshirt freshman quarterback McKinson Souverain during a 7-on-7 drill. . . . Meanwhile, the tone of practice will change today as players don full pads for the first time.

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Sanchez is 6'2 now? I guess they all are still growing until the official NFL Pro day next year.
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Ex-receiver stars at TE for FAU
By Marcus Nelson

Palm Beach Post Staff Writer

Saturday, August 13, 2005

BOCA RATON ? When Darrion Porter-Isom was approached about a possible move from receiver to tight end during the off-season, he was apprehensive until he thought about his old teammate and last year's tight end, Anthony Crissinger-Hill.

Crissinger-Hill led the Owls in receiving last year, which made Porter-Isom think he could be the primary receiver on more plays if he left his receiver position.

"Time will tell if it fits me, but I think it will because tight end gets more passes thrown his way," said Porter-Isom, a 6-foot-3, 193-pound fifth-year senior. "The downside is the blocking. I'll be going up against some pretty big guys, and blocking is something I am working on."

Porter-Isom is second on the depth chart at tight end, but with the limited stamina and durability of starter Dantson Dareus, Porter-Isom knows he will get a lot of playing time this season.

"At tight end, you have to go full speed every play, and every play is a battle," said Porter-Isom, who didn't have a catch last year. "I'll be ready, and I'm in great shape."

Receivers coach John Vandevere said he plans to use Porter-Isom often.

Noteworthy: The Owls practiced in full pads for the first time; they will begin the first of their three-a-day sessions today. … Linebacker Shomari Earls, a Palm Beach Gardens graduate, dressed out but did not participate for the third straight day with a sore hamstring. … The only other significant injury to a projected starter was to offensive guard Brandon Jackson, who will be out two to four weeks with a strained MCL. … The kickoff time for FAU's game at Minnesota on Sept. 17 has been set for 8:30 p.m.

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