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2008 Florida Atlantic Owls football team

The 2008 Florida Atlantic University Owls football team represented Florida Atlantic University in the 2008 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The team was coached by Howard Schnellenberger and played their home games at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The Owls entered the season as defending Sun Belt Conference champions.

2008 Florida Atlantic Owls football
Florida Atlantic Owls wordmark.svg
Motor City Bowl champion
ConferenceSun Belt Conference
2008 record7–6 (4–3 Sun Belt)
Head coachHoward Schnellenberger (8th season)
Offensive coordinatorGary Nord
Offensive schemePro-style
Defensive coordinatorKirk Hoza
Base defense4–3
Home stadiumLockhart Stadium
(20,425, grass)
Seasons
← 2007
2009 →
2008 Sun Belt football standings
Conf     Overall
Team   W   L         W   L  
Troy $   6 1         8 5  
Louisiana–Lafayette   5 2         6 6  
Florida Atlantic   4 3         7 6  
Arkansas State   4 3         6 6  
FIU   3 4         5 7  
Middle Tennessee   3 4         5 7  
Louisiana–Monroe   3 4         4 8  
North Texas   0 7         1 11  
  • $ – Conference champion
Rankings from AP Poll

Contents

PreseasonEdit

The Florida Atlantic Owls entered the 2008 NCAA Division I FBS football season defending their conference championship and just one year removed from their first-ever bowl appearance and victory. The record-setting 2007 team ended the season 8-5 (6-1 SBC). Quarterback Rusty Smith, a junior, returned with much hype and national recognition. The 2008 team also returned an overwhelming majority of starters from the conference champion team, as it only lost four seniors (DB Kris Bartels, OL Jarrid Smith, LB Cergile Sincere, DL Josh Pinnick).

In the Preseason Sun Belt Coaches' Poll, the Owls were a clear favorite to repeat as champions. FAU received 62 total points and 6 first-place votes.

Preseason honorsEdit

Preseason Sun Belt Players of the YearEdit

  • Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year, Offense: Rusty Smith (QB, Jr.)
  • Sun Belt Conference Player of the Year, Defense: Frantz Joseph (LB, Sr.)

Preseason All-Sun Belt honorsEdit

  • Rusty Smith (QB, Jr.)
  • Cortez Gent (WR, Jr.)
  • Nick Paris (OL, Sr.)
  • Jervonte Jackson (DL, Sr.)
  • Robert St. Clair[1] (DL, Sr.)
  • Frantz Joseph (LB, Sr.)
  • Tavious Polo[2] (CB, So.)
  • Corey Small (CB, Sr.)

ScheduleEdit

DateTimeOpponentSiteTVResultAttendance
August 307:00 p.m.at No. 10 Texas*PPVL 10–5298,053
September 64:00 p.m.UAB*W 49–3415,143
September 1312:00 p.m.at Michigan State*ESPN2L 0–1770,321
September 2012:00 p.m.at Minnesota*BTNL 3–3741,003
September 308:00 p.m.at Middle TennesseeESPN2L 13–1425,766
October 78:00 p.m.Troy
  • Lockhart Stadium
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL
ESPN2L 17-3017,191
October 187:00 p.m.at Western Kentucky*W 24–2014,171
October 257:00 p.m.at Louisiana–MonroeCSSW 29–289,922
November 84:00 p.m.North Texas
  • Lockhart Stadium
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL
W 46–1317,715
November 154:00 p.m.Louisiana–Lafayette
  • Lockhart Stadium
  • Fort Lauderdale, FL
W 40–2914,338
November 223:00 p.m.at Arkansas StateCSSL 14–2810,845
November 294:00 p.m.FIUW 57–50 OT16,781
December 267:30 p.m.vs. Central Michigan*ESPNW 24–2141,399

Awards and honorsEdit

Mid-season awards and honorsEdit

  • Week 12 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week, Offense: Rusty Smith[3] (QB, Jr.)
  • Week 12 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week, Defense: Corey Small[4] (CB, Sr.)
  • Week 14 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week, Offense: Rusty Smith (QB, Jr.)
  • Week 14 Sun Belt Conference Player of the Week, Defense: Frantz Joseph[5] (LB, Sr.)
  • 2008 Shula Bowl Most Valuable Player: Rusty Smith (QB, Jr.)

Post-season awards and honorsEdit

All-Sun Belt honorsEdit

  • First Team All-Sun Belt Conference:
    • Jervonte Jackson[6] (DL, Sr.)
    • Frantz Joseph (LB, Sr.)
    • Corey Small (CB, Sr.)
  • Second Team All-Sun Belt Conference:
    • Jamari Grant[7] (TE, Jr.)
    • John Rizzo[8] (OL, Sr.)
    • Nick Paris[9] (OL, Sr.)
    • Charles Pierre[10] (RB, Sr.)

Records broken in 2008Edit

The 2008 football season saw numerous school records broken.

Statistic Previous Record New Record
Passing Touchdowns (Career) Jared Allen (2001-'04, 50 TD) Rusty Smith (2006-pres., 60 TD)
Rushing Yards (Career) Doug Parker (2001-'05, 1981 yards) Charles Pierre (2005-'08, 3015 yards)
Rushing Yards (Season) Doug Parker ('04, 896 yards) Charles Pierre ('08, 1014 yards)
Rushing Touchdowns (Career) Doug Parker (2001-'05, 21 TD) Charles Pierre (2005-'08, 23 TD)
Receiving Touchdowns (Career) Anthony Crissinger-Hill (2001-'04, 14 TD) Cortez Gent[11] (2006-pres., 17 TD)
Total Tackles (Career) Chris Laskowski (2001-'04, 294 tackles) Frantz Joseph (2006-'08, 333 tackles)
Total Tackles (Season) Frantz Joseph ('07, 131 tackles) Frantz Joseph ('08, 141 tackles)

ReferencesEdit