Florida Atlantic Owls News, Rumors, Injuries & Recruiting
University Press: Quarterback Chris Robison back on the team after suspension
Robison was suspended from the team after being investigated for sexual battery.
After redshirt sophomore quarterback Chris Robison was suspended due to sexual battery accusations he'll be officially reinstated for football activities, according to FAU athletics spokesperson Katrina McCormack.
The former Oklahoma transfer didn't attend FAU's spring practices and other events. FAU PD investigated Robison's situation after a student alleged he sexually battered her. The student eventually recanted her allegations and decided not to press charges, according to police records.
University Press: Quarterback Anthony Romphf, a three-star prospect, commits to FAU
Romphf is the third player recruited in the class of 2020 after Andre Lamas and Frank Gore Jr.
As the football class of 2020 continues to develop, their third commitment is dual-threat high school quarterback Anthony Romphf who announced the news on Tuesday.
This could easily be the most impressive recruitment in this class for head coach Lane Kiffin and the Owls due to his upside at the position and he can possibly be the cornerstone for the offense in the future.
University Press: NFL Hall of Famer's son to transfer from UCF to FAU
Rahsaan Lewis will look to play slot receiver for the Owls after playing linebacker for the UCF Knights.
As FAU is starting to get commitments from the class of 2020, a notable transfer transpired Monday night as UCF sophomore wide receiver Rahsaan Lewis announced he is transferring to play for the Owls.
Lewis, the son of NFL Hall of Fame linebacker Ray Lewis, was a walk-on linebacker for UCF last year before changing his position to receiver in the spring.
University Press: Frank Gore Jr., son of NFL pro, commits to FAU, adding more depth at running back
Gore Jr. joins Terique Owens and Warren Sapp II as sons of NFL pros.
Lane Kiffin attracts another son of an NFL pro, this time being Frank Gore Jr.
Another big name has committed to FAU: Miami-Killian High running back Frank Gore Jr., son of former Miami Hurricane standout Frank Gore.
Verbally committing on Thursday night, the 5 foot 8 inches-tall, 170 pound running back shared his excitement on Twitter on his aspirations with the Owls and Lane Kiffin.
"I feel (running backs coach) Kevin Smith will help me pursue my dreams to play on the next level," Gore Jr.
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University Press: FAU bounces back as they hold on to beat the Mercer Bears, 10-6.
The Owls pitching staff let go of five runs in the eighth inning.
In the first elimination game of the Athens Regional, number two seed FAU holds on against the fourth seed Mercer Bears, 10-6.
The offense was potent today as the team collectively combined for 15 hits, but it was all lead by right fielder Bobby Morgensen who had a day collecting two more home runs with five RBIs and was walked twice.
University Press: FAU loses to Southern Miss, 4-0, in C-USA championship
In what was the championship round of the Conference USA tournament, FAU was held scoreless in a 4-0 loss to Southern Miss.
While FAU went 3-0 in the tournament prior to that, the trends that got them to the final round weren't present when it counted most. For example, the Owls' offense in the postseason before today's game was excellent, but they couldn't come up with any runs despite them having ten hits in the game on Sunday.
One of the only times the Owls had a threat of scoring was in the first inning, when they had the bases loaded.
University Press: FAU takes second game of C-USA tournament, beating WKU 6-1
In the second round of the Conference USA tournament, FAU is still undefeated as they beat Western Kentucky, 6-1.
While the Owls offense has been electric throughout the season and the start of the tournament, the pitching was the huge standout from last night. Mike Ruff got the start yesterday and was nothing short of fantastic. With a pitch count of 116, he fanned 11 batters while walking three and earning one run. He pitched well into the eighth inning.
The one hiccup for Ruff came in the third inning, when he allowed a sacrifice fly to WKU's Ray Zuberer that loaded the bases.
University Press: FAU wins first game of C-USA tournament, beating UTSA 6-5
Blake Sanderson collected the win, his eighth of the season.
In the first game of the Conference USA tournament, FAU takes the opener in a 6-5 victory over UTSA.
The Owls got the offense going early in the bottom of the first inning, scoring two runs off of UTSA starting pitcher Karan Patel, started by junior Francisco Urbaez's RBI single into right field. FAU continued to add two more runs to make the lead more sustainable, until UTSA came back with a force and had a three run third inning.
University Press: Former FSU QB Deondre Francois heading to FAU
FAU's quarterback room got a lot more interesting.
Former FSU quarterback Deondre Francois is transferring to FAU as a walk-on graduate transfer, as first reported by 247Sports. Since he's already graduated from FSU, Francois will be immediately eligible to play for the Owls.
Francois, a former four-star high school recruit, had a promising start to his college career but his play faded after that. He threw 20 touchdowns and seven interceptions as a freshman, completing 58.8 percent of his passes.
But the following year Francois suffered a season-ending knee injury in FSU's Week 1 matchup against Alabama.
University Press: Owls clinch No. 1 seed in postseason after 8-7 win over Middle Tennessee
After Saturday's win, FAU has a record of 22-8 in the conference.
In the final game of the season for FAU, an 8-7 win over Middle Tennessee, the Owls (37-18, 22-8 C-USA) clinched both the No. 1 seed in the Conference USA tournament and the conference's regular-season title.
Just like in Friday's game, the Blue Raiders (18-37, 11-19 C-USA) got off to a fast start, scoring four runs in the first two innings. However, FAU was quiet until the bottom of the second inning, where they scored four to tie it.
FAU Owl's Nest: FAU Football players arrive for voluntary workouts and welcome seven newcomers
Florida Atlantic University football players have returned to campus for summer classes and to participate in voluntary workouts.
The collection of returners was joined on Monday by seven newcomers.
The Owls opened their arms to Calvin Ashley (OT), Kelvin Dean, Jr. (RB), Federico Maranges (OL), Larry McCammon III (RB), Rahmod Smith (TE), Adarius Tolliver (OL), and Eddie Williams (LB).
The newcomers are a blend of incoming freshmen and transfers.
Six are expected to contribute on the offensive side of the ball and one on defense.
The majority of the team will be together for the first time in late June.