Aug 24, 2013
BOCA RATON, Fla. - Florida Atlantic University's Head Football Coach Carl Pelini announced the 2013 captains, voted upon by the team, as senior center Mustafa Johnson, senior running back Jonathan Wallace, senior defensive lineman Andrew Stryffeler and junior linebacker Andre Kirk.
Johnson became a vocal leader in 2012 as a junior college transfer. He earned a starting spot for the 2012 season opener. Following the conclusion of the season he began working with underclassman and newcomers to fill the gaps left by four senior starting offensive linemen. That leadership has continued throughout the spring, summer and pre-season camp.
Wallace led the Owls in rushing a year ago with 673 yards, an average of 3.8 yards per carry, in 11 games played and found the end zone six times. He split time with two backs and may be in a similar situation in 2013.
Stryffeler saw action in six 2012 games and recorded eight tackles and one quarterback hurry. The Sanford, NC native has seen action in 18 games during his career and has been among the team's two-deep since coming to Boca Raton. His hard work lead by example will be a key to the FAU defense.
Kirk, the youngest of the four captains, was fourth in total tackles a year ago and returns as the team's second leading tackler. He is a true junior that will be a part of an experienced defense and one that enters the season deep at the linebacker position.
Pelini stated that the captains will be a part of each coin toss and will be joined by seniors so that every senior will have the opportunity to represent the Owls for the official coin toss at least once during the season.
The Owls will open the 2013 campaign 8 p.m., Friday, Aug. 30 at Sun Life Stadium versus the University of Miami. FAU will celebrate the season opener with a week full of events culminating with National Colors day, on Friday.
Tickets for the FAU versus the Miami game, as well as FAU 2013 season tickets, can be purchased through the FAU Ticket Office by calling 1-866-FAU-Owls. To reserve a seat on the bus traveling to the season opener against Miami or to join the Owl Scholarship Fund, contact Stephen Hammond at 561-297-0218 or firstname.lastname@example.org.