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FAU senior WR John Franklin III says he never wanted to play QB despite playing the position at FSU and Auburn.

"I never wanted to play quarterback to be honest, but nobody got me the ball!" Franklin said. "That was a problem, and I got to the point to where if I got the ball every play, why not?" The FAU staff feels like Franklin's transition to receiver has been smooth. However, his involvement hasn't been huge as Franklin has just four catches for 19 yards.
Sep 20 - 7:50 AM

FAU senior RB Gregory Howell rushed for 175 yards and a touchdown on 13 carries in Saturday's 45-0 win over Bethune-Cookman.

Does 13.46 YPC work for you? It worked for Howell on Saturday. While he put in a number of big runs in the game, the 6-foot-1, 215-pounder's touchdown was far more modest, just a baby one-yard score midway through the third quarter. Howell entered action on Saturday having rushed for just 31 yards on four carries in two contests. Big-yardage efforts like this shouldn't be expected on a weekly basis -- Devin Singletary, who rushed for 109 yards on Saturday, is the team's bellcow back -- but Howell has shown the ability to rip off chunks on the ground when called upon and offers the Owls a nice secondary option when Singletary is slow to spark.
Sep 16 - 10:01 PM

FAU is hopeful that their scheduled showdown with Bethune-Cookman can be played as scheduled on Saturday.

The Owls were stranded in Madison following their loss to the Badgers due to the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, but they are flying back to Boca Raton on Wednesday evening. Wisconsin extended lodging, food and practice facilities to their unexpected guests while the FAU team waited out the storm. Aiding the cause for this weekend's game against Bethune-Cookman, the hurricane did not cause significant structural damage to FAU Stadium. Saturday's contest is scheduled to kick at 6:30 EST barring a last-minute change.
Sep 13 - 9:21 PM

The father of FAU redshirt sophomore QB De'Andre Johnson took to Facebook to write that his son underwent surgery for two blood clots in his arm.

This would be Johnson's "scary medical condition" which Owls HC Lane Kiffin referred to on Monday. Per his father, the 6-foot, 177-pounder underwent surgery last week. There is no current timetable for the redshirt sophomore's return to action. It is possible that he could end up missing the rest of the season.
Sep 13 - 6:17 PM

FAU redshirt sophomore QB De'Andre Johnson was hospitalized with "scary medical condition."

Head coach Lane Kiffin would not elaborate any further. Johnson is obviously out indefinitely, and local media is not certain if it is related to the issue that kept Johnson out of practice for most of the last month. Kiffin said it is too early to know if Johnson returns tot he field this season.
Sep 12 - 11:14 AM

FAU will stay in Madison until the threat Hurricane Irma poses to travel has passed.

The Owls were able to travel to Wisconsin for their showdown with the Badgers, but for the foreseeable future, they will not be leaving Madison. This was a possibility that both FAU and Wisconsin had planned for during the practice week -- the Badgers will accommodate HC Lane Kiffin and crew with lodging, food and use of practice facilities until it is safe for the Owls to travel.
Source: ESPN.com
Sep 10 - 2:16 PM

FAU junior WR DeAndre McNeal caught three passes for 103 yards and a touchdown in the school's 31-14 loss to Wisconsin on Saturday.

McNeal was the only Owl to post a positive performance on offense. McNeal was able to get behind the secondary on his 63-yard touchdown and keep his balance along the sideline. Lane Kiffin's Owls are now 0-2.
Sep 9 - 3:21 PM

FAU redshirt sophomore QB De'Andre Johnson (undisclosed) didn't travel with the team to its game on Saturday versus Wisconsin.

FAU Owl Access expects Daniel Parr to draw another start. Off the bench, Johnson went 2-for-3 for five yards and an interception in the opener against Navy.
Sep 9 - 11:49 AM

Hurricane Irma's landfall in the state of Florida is not expected to impact FAU's travel for their Saturday game against Wisconsin.

As FAU will be heading up to Madison for Saturday's game, the only real question, here, was whether their travel plans would be scuttled by Irma. That won't be the case on the initial journey -- the Category 5 hurricane is not expected to make landfall until late this weekend or early next week -- but should FAU be stranded in Wisconsin after the game while waiting out the storm, Wisconsin will pay for FAU's lodging and food and would potentially accommodate the Owls in allowing them use of practice facilities should they be needed.
Sep 7 - 4:05 PM

FAU redshirt senior WR Kalib Woods (battery charges) has been reinstated to the football team.

Woods was arrested on two counts of felony battery in June stemming from a brawl at an off-campus banquet hall. He was allowed back on campus in August, but was not part of the team at the time. He's back, now, albeit stripped of his scholarship. Said HC Lane Kiffin, "(The school) punished him. We obviously followed that punishment. We also, on top of that, removed his scholarship so in order to play he had to pay for school and come back on the team as a walk-on." While the 6-foot-3, 193-pounder has rejoined the football team, it remains unclear when he might suit up and play. Given his missing the entirety of preseason camp, it could be a few weeks. During the past campaign, Woods logged a 68-934-1 receiving line.
Source: Owl Access
Sep 4 - 7:48 PM

FAU junior WR DeAndre McNeal caught four passes for 88 yards and a touchdown in Friday's 42-19 loss to Navy.

McNeal (6'3/215) was putting in a quiet game through the first three quarters before he finally made good with a 62-yard touchdown grab in the final stanza. Alas for the Owl faithful, that score merely drew the Owls to within 42-19. They would not find pay dirt again in the contest. Rotoworld's Thor Nystrom has been pounding the offseason drum for McNeal as a true impact wideout in OC Kendal Briles' scheme and we're excited to see what he might do if the team can start to develop an offensive rhythm.
Sep 2 - 2:02 AM

FAU redshirt sophomore QB Daniel Parr completed 19-of-30 passes for 281 yards, two touchdowns and an interception in Friday's 42-19 loss to Navy.

In perhaps the most fitting way for Lane Kiffin to debut as head coach of FAU, Friday's blowout loss saw multiple lengthy delays due to lightning in the area. Even with the Owls down big in the second half, the program refused to call the game, with Kiffin saying that "[w]e want to win." They did not win. For his part, redshirt sophomore Parr earned the opening start over Jason Driskel and De'Andre Johnson. He was fine, if unspectacular. We would like to see what Parr and the FAU offense can do when actually given a chance to play a football game with any measure of continuity. The Owls take on Wisconsin a week from Saturday. Even without lightning, they're probably in for a rough one there.
Sep 2 - 1:56 AM

FAU redshirt sophomore QB Daniel Parr is starting Friday's game against Navy.

Parr beat out Jason Driskel and De'Andre Johnson for starting honors during preseason camp. He saw the field in nine games last year, but attempted just 15 passes in that space, with no touchdowns and two interceptions. We wouldn't be surprised to see Driskel or Johnson get some run if Parr struggles early.
Sep 1 - 8:27 PM

Florida Atlantic freshman WR Willie Wright appears to be the one certain member of the wide receiver corps at this point.

The Owls have fluctuated receivers all summer all over the field, but FAU beatwriter Matthew DeFranks says that the one constant has been Wright (5'8/155) working in the slot. The size -- or lack thereof -- will prevent him from being much of a factor on jump balls and in the red zone, but his quickness could be a real asset. He's definitely one of the freshman wideouts to watch for going forward.
Aug 30 - 6:46 PM

FAU senior WR John Franklin III believes he's picked up the offense enough to play on Friday against Navy.

"I expect to play a lot," Franklin said. "When (offensive coordinator Kendal) Briles talked to me, he expected me to play a lot. I know what I’m doing so I’m able to play fast now." A former QB with blazing speed, Franklin has the athleticism to succeed at the position. You shouldn't expect immediate fireworks, but in time, the 6-foot-1, 185 pound athlete could be a major factor in Lane Kiffin's offense by the end of the year.
Source: FAU Sports
Aug 30 - 5:59 PM


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