50 Nate Ozdemir
Nate  Ozdemir

RS Junior

Winter Garden, Fla.

High School:
West Orange

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 230





Football Outlasted by Ball State 31-27

Game featured 129 minutes of weather delays


Owls Topped 38-10 at No. 25 Miami

Kalib Woods: Career-high 121 yards


Football Held First Scrimmage of 2016 in the Stadium

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Football Completes Second Two-A-Day of Preseason Camp

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Football Concludes Saturday's Practice with a Scrimmage

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Redshirt Junior (2016)

  • Recorded four (2-2=4) tackles in the season opening SIU victory, including 0.5 for a loss of 1
  • Added two kick returns for a total of 21 yards, his longest was 11 yards
  • Was second on the team with seven tackles versus UM, recorded his first career interception and returned it for six yards and added a tackle for a loss of one yard
  • Started versus Kansas State but was not credited with a tackle
  • Tallied 10 tackles, a new career high, versus Ball State, including 0.5 for a loss of one yard
  • Had three solo and three assists for a total of six tackles versus FIU
  • Was second on the team with nine tackles versus Charlotte
  • Had a team leading 16 tackles, which included a half sack and a tackle for a loss of two yards at Marshall

Redshirt Sophomore (2015)

  • Recorded seven tackles (2-5) in the season opener at Tulsa
  • Credited with four tackles (2-2=4) versus Miami and one QBH
  • Earned a solo tackle versus Buffalo (9/19/15)
  • Tallied seven tackles in the Charlotte victory as well as a pass breakup and a quarterback hurry
  • Started versus Rice and recorded eight tackles (4-4)
  • One of four Owls to tally eight tackles (3-5=8) versus Marshall
  • Recorded a team high eight tackles (3-5=8) versus UTEP...added a quarterback hurry and 1.5 tackles for a loss of two yards
  • Had five tackle assists and a fumble recovery that set up the Owls first score in the Shula Bowl victory
  • Injured at WKU but returned to record five tackles (1-4-5) versus Middle Tennessee
  • Recorded two (1-1=2) tackles at UF
  • Recorded a team leading six tackles at ODU, including a his first career sack...sack was for a loss of seven yards and he added a pass breakup

Redshirt Freshman (2014)

  • Saw his first collegiate action in the season opener at No. 22 Nebraska...recorded two solo tackles
  • Recorded five tackles, including 0.5 for a loss of a yard at Alabama
  • Recorded a tackle assist and recovered an onside kick in the season home opener versus Tulsa
  • Saw action on defense and special teams at Wyoming
  • Part of the linebacker rotation in the UTSA victory
  • Recorded two solo tackles in the WKU win
  • Recorded a tackle assist on special teams versus No. 23 Marshall
  • Credited with a tackle assist versus UAB
  • Part of the defensive rotation in the UAB contests
  • Saw action both on defense and special teams at North Texas
  • Saw action on both the defensive side of the ball and on special teams at Middle Tennessee...tallied three tackles

True Freshman (2013)

  • Joined the team
  • Earned the team's Scout Teams MVP Award

High School

  • Attended West Orange High School and played under Head Coach Chip Petree
  • Led the defense his senior year as captain with 106 tackles
  • Was also the wrestling team captain and won the district and Metro Championship in 2012 and 2013
  • Won the metro Weightlifting Championship in 2013
  • He received the U.S. Army National Scholar Athlete Award
  • Signed with the Naval Academy and participated in summer drills and preseason camp, then transferred to FAU


  • Economics major
  • Son of Hakan and Katie Ozdemir
  • Born May 25, 1995 in Orlando, Fla
  • His goal is to serve as an officer in the Marine Corps
  • Secured his private pilot's licenses and is pursuing a commercial pilot's license
  • His father played professional soccer for Fenerbahce in Turkey

Game-by-Game Tackles
2014: Nebraska (2-0=2); Alabama (2-3=5); Tulsa (0-1=1); WKU (2-0=2); Marshall (0-1=1); UAB (0-1=1); Middle Tennessee (1-2=3)
2015: at Tulsa (2-5=7); Miami (2-2=4); Buffalo (1-0=1); Charlotte (6-1=7); Rice (4-4=8); Marshall (3-5=8); UTEP (3-5=8); FIU (0-5=5, 1 FR); MT (1-4=5); ODU (5-1=6)
2016: SIU (2-2=4); UM (6-1=7, 1 TFL, 1 INT), K-State (0-0=0); Ball State (5-5=1-, 0.5-1). FIU (3-3=6); Charlotte (4-5=9); Marshall (1-15=16, 1 TFL, 1 sack); Marshall (1-15=16, 1 TFL)

Career Game Highs
Tackles: 16 Marshall (10/15/16)
Tackles for a Loss: 1.5 at UTEP (10/24/15)
Sacks: 1.0 at ODU (11/28/15)
Interceptions: 1 UM (9/10/16)
Passes Defended: 1 at Charlotte (9/26/15); 1 at ODU (11/28/15)
FR: 1 FIU (10/31/15)

2014 Season Game Highs
Tackles: 5 at Alabama (9/6/14)
Tackles for a Loss: 0.5 at Alabama (9/6/14)
Sacks: N/A
Interceptions: N/A
Passes Defended: N/A

2015 Season Game Highs
Tackles: 8 3X
Tackles for a Loss: 1.5 UTEP (10/24/15)
Sacks: 1.0 at ODU (11/28/15)
Interceptions: N/A
Passes Defended: 1 at Charlotte (9/26/15) and ODU (11/28/15)
FR: 1 FIU (10/31/15)

2016 Season Game Highs
Tackles:  16 Marshall (10/15/16)
Tackles for a Loss: 1 UM (9/10/16)
Interceptions: 1 UM (9/10/16)
Passes Defended:

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