"We are delighted with the 13 young men that have committed to come with us, we are delighted because that was our targeted number. We are delighted because it hits our targeted needs," said FAU head coach Howard Schnellenberger. "We have brought together 13 young men that have distinguished themselves by their courage, intelligence and their look to the future. Most of these guys could have went somewhere else, but they feel like us that they couldn't find any other place that would be as exciting as this winning tradition."
Players listed Alphabetically
Flex Varela Senior High School
High School: Played for Clark Eakes at Flex Varela Senior High School where he was a two-way starter...had 58 rushing attempts for 389 yards...recorded three receptions for 198 yards...returned six punts for 125 yards, including one TD...defensively had 82 tackles and eight interceptions, two for a score...earned second team all-Dade honors and was the team's MVP...three-sport athlete (football, basketball and track).
Personal: Listed in Who's Who in High School Football and has received academic honors.
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Piper High School
University of Pittsburgh
2003: Transferred from Pittsburgh. Joined the team in January.
2002: Played at the University of Pittsburgh...saw action in 12 of the team's 13 games...ended the season third in yards per game with 33.7 and first in average yards per catch with 22.4...used his speed to step into the rotation after Pitt lost two senior receivers...ended year with three touchdowns and his season long reception was 82 yards
2001: Expected to redshirt but was pushed into action after an injury was sustained by an All-American starter...his collegiate debut included a 56-yard touchdown reception making Pitt history as the first player to score on his first collegiate reception...played in nine regular-season contests...also played in the Tangerine Bowl...his lone start was against Boston College...had three receptions for 94 yards (31.3 avg.) on the year...season-long 56-yard touchdown reception against South Florida...also had receptions against Miami and Rutgers.
High School: Had 28 receptions for 425 yards (15.2 avg.) and six touchdowns as a senior at Piper High School...named to the All-BCAA...first team All-County...played in the Dade-Broward County All-Star and the South Broward All-Star Game...earned three letters for Doug Gatewood...two-sport athlete (football and track)...three-time letter winner in track...4X100 relay team captured the District Championship and finished second at the state meet.
Personal: Undecided in major...son of Roosevelt Bynes and Lorie Thompson...born February 14, 1982.
William T. Dwyer High School
West Virginia University
2003: Transferred to FAU in January of 2003 to begin learning the system and become acquainted with the program.
2002: Served as a back-up quarterback who had done late season punting...played in five games...was 9-of-17 with 2 interceptions for 137 yards and two TDs...his longest reception was a 33 yard completion against Tennessee-Chattanooga...on the ground he had eight carries for 16 yards...as a punter, Embick punted twice for a total of 77 yards and an average of 38.5 yards...his longest was 42 yards.
2001: Member of the travel squad as a true freshman...did not see time therefore was able to use the year as a redshirt season...was 18-28 for 167 yards in the Gold-Blue spring game.
High School: Played for Jack Daniels at William T. Dwyer High School...earned first team 5A Florida all-state quarterback...Palm Beach Post Offensive Player of the Year...passed for 2,400 yards and 21 touchdowns...rushed for 650 yards and 12 touchdowns...recorded 90 tackles on defense as a safety...led team to a 13-2 record and the state 5A championship game...participated in the Florida-Georgia All-Star Game...named All-America by PrepStar and Florida Student Sports...three-sport athlete (football, basketball and baseball).
Personal: Education major...son of Mark and Lindy Embick...born November 29, 1982.
Robinson High School
High School: Was a two way lineman for Bud Hodgens at Robinson High School...was a two-year starter...recovered three fumble recoveries and forced another...in less than 100 defensive snaps, he recorded 23 tackles, five for a loss, two were sacks and he was credited for hurrying the quarterback seven times...two passes broken up, and forced one fumble... named the Robinson High School lineman of the year in 2001 and 2002...named defensive MVP of Hillsborough County... participated in the Hillsborough County All-Star game where he had three sacks and earned the West defensive MVP honors...he is a two-time all-conference selectee, was named St. Petersburg Times All-County as both a junior and as a senior...also earned all-county honors by the Tampa Tribune for his senior season... his time at offensive tackle is what attracted FAU.
Chose FAU: Chose FAU because he knows several of the FAU players including corner back Cameron Rodgers...also recruited by South Carolina, Bowling Green and Fordham.
Piper High School
High School: Played for Coach Doug Gatewood at Piper High School...member of the Broward County All-Star Game, the Dade/Broward All-Star Game...recorded 45 tackles and five sacks as a senior...named Piper's Defensive MVP...earned All-Broward County honors and participated in both the Broward North/South All-Star game and the Broward/Dade All-Star Game...three-sport athlete (football, wrestling and track).
Personal: Cousin of Donald Blackman who played for the Patriots.
Osceola High School
High School: Played for Jim Scible at Osceola High School...earned second team all-county as a junior and fist team as a senior...three-sport athlete (football, baseball and weightlifting)...member of Who's Who...Honor Roll member.
Chose FAU: Was also recruited by East Carolina, Northern Illinois and Louisville.
Longboat Key, FL
Cardinal Mooney High School
High School: Played for Mike Dowling at Cardinal Mooney High School...tallied 2,272 yards passing including 26 passing TDs and six rushing TDs...named 2A All-Area Quarterback, first team All-State and was the athlete of the week three times as a senior...guided Mooney, which captured the District 8 Championship.
Chose FAU: Hansen chose FAU because of its coaching staff, led by Howard Schnellenberger and the opportunity to work with Larry Seiple, offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, and the opportunity to stay close to home...he passed up scholarship offers to Alabama-Birmingham, Washington State, Utah State and Wyoming.
William "B.J." Manley
Norland High School
High School: Played for Nigel Dunn at Norland High School...tallied 1,725 yards on the ground which culminated in 13 TDs...averaged 7.5 yards a carry...earned team's Offensive Game MVP honors seven times and was named first team all-district...participated in the Broward/Dade All-Star Game...was a key player in Norland's drive to the State Championship...two-sport athlete (football and track).
Chose FAU: Also recruited by Louisianna-Lafayette and Vanderbilt.
Personal: Listed in Who's Who and is a member of the National Honor Society.
Stranahan High School
High School: Played for Coach Schivo at Stranahan High School...played on both sides of the line (offensive tackle and defensive end)...earned second team all-county honors and was named honorable mention all-state...also played in the Broward North/South All-Star Game...two-sport athlete (football and track).
Vero Beach, FL
Vero Beach High School
High School: Played for Billy Livings at Vero Beach High School...recorded seven sacks, 150 tackles as a defensive end...had over 1,000 yards as a fullback...selected 6A Player of the year for District 17 and was All-State, on the defensive side of the ball...named first team defensive end as a senior...as a sophomore: named to the All-State Team as an inside linebacker...scheduled to play in the Florida/Georgia prior to the game being cancelled...three-sport athlete (football, basketball and track)...broke the school record of 39 years and captured the state championship, as a junior, in the discus.
Chose FAU: Was also recruited by Buffalo, Southern Mississippi and Southern Illinois.
Personal: Relative of Kenny Holmes, who is a defensive end starter for the New York Giants.
Okeechobee High School
High School: Played for Todd Dresser at Okeechobee High School...named to the South/Central Florida All-Star team and participated in the Outback Bowl All-Star Game...voted most outstanding offensive lineman...three-sport athlete (football, basketball and track).
Chose FAU: Was also recruited by Southern Illinois and Indiana State.
Personal: Is the program's first native American Indian (Seminole).
Lakeland High School
High School: Played for Bill Castle at Lakeland High School, a program that has sent a countless number of athletes to both college and professional football...as a three-year letterman, Walker gained 4,000 yards (1,200 sophomore, 1,700 junior, 1,100 as a senior)...scored 14 TDs in 2002...led Polk County in rushing in 2001...named to the Super Prep Outstanding Players in 2001...four-sport athlete (football, baseball, track and basketball)...as a freshman (1999), he advanced to state in the 4X100 relay.
Chose FAU: Was also recruited by the South Florida, Eastern Illinois and Louisville.
Personal: Member of the Honor Roll...relative of NFL veteran Reidel Anthony.
Lakeland High School
High School: Played for Bill Castle at Lakeland High School...served as a blocker for fellow 2003 signee Dominick Walker, who rushed for more than 4,000 yards in three seasons...three-sport athlete (football, track and field and basketball).
Chose FAU: Was also recruited by Maryland and East Carolina.
Personal: Member of the honor roll.
|Listed Alphabetically||2003 Signees|
|Taheem Acevedo||FS||6-1||195||Miami, FL||Flex Varela Senior HS||Roosevelt Bynes||WR||6-1||175||Fort Lauderdale, FL||Piper HS (Univ. of Pittsburgh) HS|
|Danny Embick||QB||6-0||210||Jupiter, FL||William T. Dwyer HS (West Virginia)|
|Nello Faulk||OL||6-6||245||Tampa, FL||Robinson HS|
|Jason Fleming||DL||6-2||276||Lauderhill, FL||Piper HS|
|Matt Guice||OL||6-5||270||Kissimmee, FL||Osceola HS|
|Dane Hansen||QB||6-2||195||Longboat Key, FL||Cardinal Mooney HS|
|"B.J." Manley||RB||5-9||180||Miami, FL||Norland HS|
|Antes Perkins||OL||6-4||265||Miramar, FL||Stranahan HS|
|Michael Reed||LB||6-1||230||Vero Beach, FL||Vero Beach HS|
|Jarrid Smith||OL||6-2||250||Okeechobee, FL||Okeechobee HS|
|Dominick Walker||RB||5-10||195||Lakeland, FL||Lakeland HS|
|Stetson Wilson||OT||6-6||297||Lakeland, FL||Lakeland HS|