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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.

2013 football previews: FAMU, Bethune, FAU, FIU, Jacksonville, Stetson 08/28/13 [Last modified: Thursday, August 29, 2013 12:52am]

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