Thursday, May 24, 2018
Colleges

2013 football previews: FAMU, Bethune, FAU, FIU, Jacksonville, Stetson

Bethune-Cookman Wildcats

Coach: Brian Jenkins

Conference: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (I-AA)

Website: b-cuathletics.com

Area players: Nick Addison, Jr., DB, Spoto; Tyree Green, Jr., WR, Boca Ciega; Quentin Williams, R-Jr., QB, Jefferson

Outlook: The Wildcats were 9-3 overall and 8-0 in winning the MEAC last season. They are the favorites to repeat, with seven starters back on both offense and defense, including QB Williams. RB Isidore Jackson was named preseason All-MEAC co-offensive player of the year.

Schedule

Sunday at Tennessee State, 8

Sept. 7 Virginia Union, 4

Sept. 14 at Florida International, 6

Sept. 21 at Florida State, TBD

Oct. 5 at Delaware State, 2

Oct. 12 at Howard, 1

Oct. 19 Savannah State, 4

Oct. 26 South Carolina State, 4

Nov. 2 at North Carolina Central, noon

Nov. 9 Norfolk State, 4

Nov. 16 Hampton, 4

Nov. 23 Florida A&M at Orlando, 2

Florida A&M Rattlers

Coach: Earl Holmes

Conference: Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (I-AA)

Website: famuathletics.com

Area players: Vasty Paul, Jr., DB, Middleton; Raphael Smith, Fr., LB, Durant; David White, So., LB, Jefferson

Outlook: Holmes, in his first season, hopes to rebuild the Rattlers into a MEAC power. They slipped to 4-7 overall last season. QB Damian Fleming was named the preseason All-MEAC co-offensive player of the year.

Schedule

Sunday Miss. Valley State at Orlando, 11:45 a.m.

Sept. 7 Tennessee State, 2

Sept. 14 Samford, 2

Sept. 21 at Ohio State, TBD

Oct. 5 at Morgan State, 1

Oct. 12 at Savannah State, 6

Oct. 19 Howard, 2

Oct. 26 North Carolina A&T, 2

Nov. 2 at Norfolk State, 2

Nov. 9 at South Carolina State, 1:30

Nov. 16 Delaware State, 2

Nov. 23 Bethune-Cookman at Orlando, 2

Florida Atlantic Owls

Coach: Carl Pelini

Conference: Conference USA

Website: fausports.com

Area players: Reggie Brown, Fr., CB, Jesuit; Dillon DeBoer, R-Fr., OL, East Lake; Isaac Edwards, R-Fr., OL, Jesuit; Hakeeme Ishmar, Jr., WR, Pasco; Robert Lohnes, So., WR, Freedom; Dalton Schomp, So., P/K, Seminole

Outlook: The Owls were 3-9 in Pelini's debut season last year, 2-6 in the Sun Belt. They move into Conference USA this season. There are seven starters back on offense, including WR William Dukes, who caught 63 passes for 979 yards, and eight on defense.

Schedule

Friday at Miami, 8

Sept. 5 at East Carolina, 7:30

Sept. 14 at USF, 7

Sept. 21 Middle Tennessee, noon

Sept. 28 at Rice, 7

Oct. 5 at Ala.-Birmingham, 3

Oct. 12 Marshall, 5

Oct. 26 at Auburn, TBD

Nov. 2 Tulane, TBD

Nov. 16 at Southern Miss, 12:30

Nov. 23 New Mexico State, TBD

Nov. 29 Florida International, 3

Florida International Panthers

Coach: Ron Turner

Conference: Conference USA

Website: fiusports.com

Area players: Lemarq Caldwell, So., RB, Tampa Bay Tech; Jordan Davis, R-Fr., SS, Alonso; Greg Hickman, Sr., DT, Tampa Bay Tech; Brad Hyman-Muhammad, Fr., CB, Admiral Farragut; Adrian Jenkins, R-Fr., SS, Jefferson; Ian Koch, R-Fr., OG, Clearwater Central Catholic; Shug Oyegunle, Fr., WR, Gaither; Fred Porter, R-So., WR, Lennard

Outlook: The Panthers (3-9, 2-6 Sun Belt) move into a new league with a new coach. They return only two starters on offense and three on defense.

Schedule

Saturdayat Maryland, 12:30

Sept. 6 UCF, 8

Sept. 14 Bethune-Cookman, 6

Sept. 21 at Louisville, noon

Oct. 5 at Southern Miss., 4

Oct. 12 Ala.-Birmingham, 7:30

Oct. 26 Louisiana Tech, TBD

Nov. 2 East Carolina, TBD

Nov. 9 at Middle Tennessee, 4

Nov. 16 at Texas-El Paso, 8

Nov. 23 Marshall, TBD

Nov. 29 at Florida Atlantic, 3

Division I-AA nonscholarship

Jacksonville: Six Dolphins were named to the preseason All-Pioneer League team. That tied Butler for tops in the league. For schedule and other information, judolphins.com.

Stetson: The Hatters resume their program for the first time since 1956 with coach Roger Hughes. Stetson will play in the Pioneer League. For schedule and other information, gohatters.com.

Information from Times wires was used in this report.

Comments
FSU starter Josh Ball faces Title IX suspension over dating violence accusation

FSU starter Josh Ball faces Title IX suspension over dating violence accusation

Florida State starting offensive tackle Josh Ball faces a university suspension after a Title IX investigation found him responsible for dating violence.The suspension came to light in a Facebook post Monday afternoon by Sandra Sellers, an FSU studen...
Published: 05/22/18
Willie Taggart will take more fourth-down chances than Jimbo Fisher. But how many more?

Willie Taggart will take more fourth-down chances than Jimbo Fisher. But how many more?

TAMPA — Florida State coach Willie Taggart fielded an interesting question near the end of his Q&A with fans during Sunday's booster stop at Armature Works.Are the Seminoles going to be going for it more on fourth down?"We will be goin...
Published: 05/21/18
Athlon: Florida Gators, FSU and Miami will all finish in top 20

Athlon: Florida Gators, FSU and Miami will all finish in top 20

One of the first big nuggets from preseason college football magazines is out: Athlon's top 25.The site considers its rankings a prediction of where teams will be at the end of the year, not the beginning.Alabama and Clemson are 1-2 (no shock). Miami...
Published: 05/21/18
Taggart delivers a bolt to area

Taggart delivers a bolt to area

TAMPA — After spending four years as USF’s football coach, Willie Taggart knows what to expect this time of year in the area, so it’s no surprise how he began a chat with reporters Sunday before a booster stop at Armature Works."Go Lightning," he sai...
Published: 05/20/18
Willie Taggart: ‘Pretty cool’ to be back in Tampa as FSU coach

Willie Taggart: ‘Pretty cool’ to be back in Tampa as FSU coach

TAMPA – After spending four years as USF's football coach, Willie Taggart knows what to expect this time of year in the area, so it's no surprise how he began a chat with reporters Sunday before a booster stop at Armature Works."Go Lightning," ...
Published: 05/20/18
ACC football announces early kickoff times, TV info for FSU, Miami games

ACC football announces early kickoff times, TV info for FSU, Miami games

The ACC has released some kickoff and TV information for the first three weeks of the season:Week 1 (previously announced)Miami vs. LSU (in Arlington, Texas): Sunday, Sept. 2, 7:30 p.m., ABCVirginia Tech at Florida State: Monday, Sept. 3, 8 p.m., ESP...
Published: 05/18/18
Why FSU playing Boise State in Jacksonville is a smart risk

Why FSU playing Boise State in Jacksonville is a smart risk

Old, unofficial news is expected to become old, official news today with a formal announcement that Florida State and Boise State are kicking off the 2019 season in Jacksonville.  A lot has changed since the schools announced the series (FSU pla...
Published: 05/16/18
FSU-Boise State to open 2019 season in Jacksonville

FSU-Boise State to open 2019 season in Jacksonville

What had been an open secret for months is now open and shut: Group of Five power Boise State will face FSU at TIAA Bank Field in Jacksonville in the teams' 2019 opener.A formal announcement is expected Wednesday, but the '19 schedule on Boise's offi...
Published: 05/15/18
RHP Mark Moclair’s versatility proves valuable to University of Tampa

RHP Mark Moclair’s versatility proves valuable to University of Tampa

TAMPA — He’s the accidental pitcher who can’t be pigeonholed into a defined role. He’s a well-spoken economics major who morphs into fire-breathing intensity on the mound. And he’s one of the biggest reasons why the University of Tampa Spartans are p...
Published: 05/15/18
Police: Florida Gators recruit Justin Watkins kicked female’s car, broke her phone

Police: Florida Gators recruit Justin Watkins kicked female’s car, broke her phone

One of the Florida Gators' top incoming recruits was released from jail early Wednesday after police allege he kicked a female's car and broke her phone after an argument.Justin Watkins — a four-star athlete from Clermont — and ...
Published: 05/10/18