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Offense Wins in FAU's 11th Annual Spring Football Game

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Kooi on 2011 Spring Game
Wilbert on 2011 Spring Game
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 April 23, 2011


BOCA RATON, FL- The Florida Atlantic football team had their 11th annual spring game this Saturday at the Tom Oxley Athletic Fields. The team took to the field on the sunny day as spectators crowded the sidelines in anticipation to watch what the Owls had been working on all spring.

"It was a very competitive day and a very hard hitting day," said Head Coach Howard Schnellenberger, "I think this was a really good spring practice."

The offense was able to prevail five points over the defense in the third scrimmage of the spring season. Running back Damian Fortner had two touchdown runs to lift the offense in an 18 to 13 victory over the defense. Fortner finished with 13 carries for 46 yards.

The offense started strong with David Kooi beginning the game behind center. Throwing for the first offensive points of the game, Kooi connected on a 34 yard pass to wide receiver Jaybes Cross. Kooi was able to hit multiple receivers and tight ends throughout the game getting in rhythm with Dexon Dorvilus, Darian Williams, Byron Hankerson and DeAndre Richardson. Williams led with receptions (6) and receiving yards (71).

Quarterbacks Graham Wilbert, Stephen Curtis and Nick Bracewell all saw action behind center. Curtis put together a few plays with running back Travis Jones who led the team in carries (14) and in rushing yards (66). Bracewell found wide receiver DeAndre Robinson and tight end Alex Deleon multiple times.

Offense won the game but the defense didn’t make the feat easy for them achieve. Strong safety Cortez Ash and defensive linemen Martin Wright and Kevin Cyrille all came away each with a quarterback sack. The defense also had an easy time breaking up passes with Ash, defensive back Demetrius Williamson and linebacker Tony Moore all almost getting interceptions. Michael Copeland, Tony Rodriguez, Randell Johnson and Cory Henry also stood out on defense.

The FAU stadium is the centerpiece of FAU's Innovation Village, located in the north central area of campus. A $70 million project, it is slated to feature 6,000 premium seats, including 24 suites, 26 loge boxes, 1,000 premier club seats and 4,000 priority club seats, and the latest, state-of-the art amenities.

The Owls will open the 2011 campaign at the University of Florida in Gainesville on Saturday, September 3. The 2011 football season will host five home games to be played for the first time on FAU's Boca Raton campus, with the home season opener scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 15.

For more information on the stadium, visit To observe the progress on the construction of the stadium online, visit To purchase season tickets, contact Scott Erdmann at 561-297-0579 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting            561-297-0579      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or


Spring Games Statistics


David Kooi 12-20-148, 1 TD to Jabyes Cross 34 yards

Stephen Curts 1-5-25

Graham Wilbert 6-9-56

Nick Bracewell 8-12-66

TOTAL 27-46-295




85 Darian Williams 6-71

86 Nexon Dorvilus 2-11

80 Jabyes Cross 1-34, 1 TD from David Kooi 34 yards

17 Blake Bierman 2-33

22 Damian Fortner 2-38

87 Byron Hankerson 3-11

39 DeAndre Robinson 4-32

47 Mason Hamilton 1-4

2 DeAndre Richardson 3-31

84 Alex Deleon 2-19

6 Jordan McClure 1-11

Total 27-295




22 Damian Fortner 13-46, 2 TDs (7yds, 3 yds.

7 David Kooi 1-9

8 Xavier Stinson 1-4

25 Travis Jones 14-66

31Frank Tompson 3-3

14 Graham Wilbert 1-2

47 Mason Hamilton 3-15

40 Chris Jackson 2-2

Total 38-147



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