2008 Florida Atlantic Owls football team

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2008 Florida Atlantic Owls football
Motor City Bowl Champions
Conference Sun Belt Conference
2008 record 7-6 (4-3 Sun Belt)
Head coach Howard Schnellenberger
Offensive coordinator Gary Nord
Offensive scheme Pro Style
Defensive coordinator Kirk Hoza
Base defense 4-3
Home stadium Lockhart 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

The 2008 Florida Atlantic University Owls football team represented Florida Atlantic University in the 2008 college football season. The team was coached by Howard Schnellenberger and played their home games at Lockhart Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. The Owls entered the season as defending Sun Belt Conference Champions (splitting the title with Troy).

Preseason[edit]

The Florida Atlantic Owls entered the 2008 college 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 honors[edit]

Preseason Sun Belt Players of the Year[edit]

  • 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 honors[edit]

  • 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.)

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Opponent Site TV Result Attendance
August 30 7:00 pm at #10 Texas* Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial StadiumAustin, TX PPV L 10-52   98,053
September 6 4:00 pm UAB* Lockhart Stadium • Ft. Lauderdale, FL W 49-34   15,143
September 13 12:00 pm at #18 Michigan State* Spartan StadiumEast Lansing, MI ESPN2 L 0-17   70,321
September 20 12:00 pm at Minnesota* Hubert H. Humphrey MetrodomeMinneapolis, MN BTN L 3-37   41,003
September 30 8:00 pm at Middle Tennessee Johnny "Red" Floyd StadiumMurfreesboro, TN ESPN2 L 13-14   25,766
October 7 8:00 pm Troy Lockhart Stadium • Ft. Lauderdale, FL ESPN2 L 17-30   17,191
October 18 7:00 pm at Western Kentucky* L.T. Smith StadiumBowling Green, KY W 24-20   14,171
October 25 7:00 pm at Louisiana-Monroe Malone StadiumMonroe, LA CSS W 29-28   9,922
November 8 4:00 pm North Texas Lockhart Stadium • Ft. Lauderdale, FL W 46-13   17,715
November 15 4:00 pm Louisiana-Lafayette Lockhart Stadium • Ft. Lauderdale, FL W 40-29   14,338
November 22 3:00 pm at Arkansas State Indian StadiumJonesboro, AR CSS L 14-28   10,845
November 29 4:00 pm Florida International Dolphin StadiumMiami Gardens, FL (Shula Bowl) W 57-50 (OT)   16,781
December 26 7:30 pm vs. Central Michigan* Ford FieldDetroit, MI (Motor City Bowl) ESPN W 24-21   41,399
*Non-conference game. daggerHomecoming. All times are in Eastern Time.

Awards and honors[edit]

Mid-season awards and honors[edit]

  • 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 honors[edit]

All-Sun Belt honors[edit]

  • 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 2008[edit]

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)

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