About Boca Raton, Fla.
Boca Raton is a city in Palm Beach County, Fla. In the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 74,764; the 2006 population estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau was 86,396. First settled in 1895, Boca Raton soon became a small agricultural community, continuing to produce winter vegetable crops through the 1940s. During the land boom of the 1920s, architect Addison Mizner initiated the tourism industry when he began work on the exclusive hotel that is today's Boca Raton Resort & Club. Boca Raton still proudly reflects Mizner's Spanish-Moorish building style. Incorporated as a municipality in 1925, Boca Raton's original Town Hall is an historic focal point for the city. In 1967, IBM located in Boca Raton, ushering an era of economic and business development that continues today. More About the City of Boca Raton
About the Football Program
Florida Atlantic University football began play in 2001 with Howard Schnellenberger serving as head coach until 2011. After competing their first four years as an NCAA Division I-AA independent, the Owls moved to Division I-A and the Sun Belt Conference through the 2012 season. In 1998, Florida Atlantic announced it was pursuing the creation of an NCAA football program and that Schnellenberger was going to lead the charge, as director of football operations and head coach.
Head Coach Carl Pelini
Carl Pelini was named head coach of Florida Atlantic University's football team on Dec. 5, 2011. As the second head coach in the program's 12-year existence, Pelini brings to its helm an intellectual thinker whose coaching experience ranges from serving as a top assistant at one of the most storied collegiate programs in the country, to rebuilding programs and teaching the game of football at the high school level. Pelini, 47, came to Boca Raton after serving four seasons as the University of Nebraska's defensive coordinator, a defense that was ranked as the best in the nation for a time during his tenure. In combined totals from 2009-11, Nebraska ranked second nationally in pass efficiency defense, fifth in passing yards allowed per game, seventh in scoring defense and No. 10 in total defense. Pelini's role in the Huskers' defensive dominance was recognized, as he was a nominee for the Frank Broyles Assistant Coach Award in both 2009 and 2010, and finished among the top-five each year.
Construction was completed on the 30,000-seat, open-air FAU Football Stadium in 2011, in time to host the 2012 home opener on October 15 against Western Kentucky. The stadium has 32 loge boxes and 24 suites, and the skybox and press box allows for a view of the Atlantic Ocean, the only stadium in the nation that can claim that. The centerpiece of the University's Innovation Village complex, the stadium oversees the newly constructed alumni center, campus recreation and fitness center. FAU hosted its spring game there on April 14, 2012.
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Something You May Not Know about Florida Atlantic
Florida Atlantic has one of the most active record labels at any University, Hoot/Wisdom Recordings, which has released 19 albums to date, all of which were produced by students and commercial music faculty.
Breakdown of the Owls
Players to Watch
William Dukes WR - 6-4 - 190 Sophomore Fort Lauderdale, Fla. (Dilard HS)
Earned second team All-Sun Belt honors the final week of the 2012 season, was named the team's Offensive MVP. Dukes was a wire-to-wire leader among FAU's 13 receivers. His breakout game was the second game of the season and the SBC opener, versus MTSU. Dukes had six receptions for 60 yards. At Georgia, a top-five team, Dukes tallied 98 yards on five receptions. He flirted with the 100-yard plateau at the University of Louisiana-Monroe with 96 yards and broke the barrier the following game at South Alabama with five receptions for 119 yards, grabbed his first of 50+ yarder and his first score. The following two games he recorded 100+ yards.
Became a starter as a true freshman and returned to the role the last five games of his sophomore campaign through strong game performances. Has added size and knowledge to his game. Fourth on the 2012 in total tackles with 70 and second leading returner in total tackles.
Sean Kelly P - 5-10 - 186 Sophomore Oakland, Fla. (West Orange HS)
Joined the squad during camp and quickly became the everyday and handled every punt for the squad (68) ... the freshman averaged 39.9 punts per game including 14 that were 50+ yards ... none were blocked and 16 landed inside the 20 ... saw four games where he was called into action eight times, all on the road (Georgia, Alabama, ULM and Western Kentucky) ... in each of the four games he accumulated more than 300 yards with the Alabama game setting a single-season and career mark of 395 yards ... four of his 14 50+ yard boots were at Alabama, including two that fell inside the 20 ... more than half of his eight punts at Western Kentucky were inside the 20 ... attempted a field goal in the season opener and was credited with six kick-offs in the first two games ... following his first campaign he stands fourth in punt yards, fifth in attempts and third in average per punt
Travis Jones RB/PR - 5-11 - 190 Senior Port St. Lucie, Fla. (Treasure Coast HS)
Earned a second team spot on Phil Steele's 2011 Preseason All-SBC for punt return ... on the season he played in eight games ... tallied eight punt returns for a total of 57 yards ... longest was 28 yards ... recorded one carry for a gain of 11 yards ... also credited with three receptions for a total of 23 yards ... longest reception was 13 yards.