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College football previews: Bethune-Cookman, Florida A&M, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Jacksonville

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Bethune-Cookman Wildcats

Coach: Brian Jenkins

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

Website: b-cuathletics.com

Area players: Dominic Addison, Fr., CB (Spoto); Ryan Davis, Sr., DE (Blake); Markiel Floyd, Jr., TE (Tampa Bay Tech); Tyree Green, Fr., WR (Boca Ciega); Byron McLeod, Sr., TE (Jefferson); Joe White, Jr., OL (Middleton); Kevin Williams, Fr., OL (Armwood); Quentin Williams, Fr., QB (Jefferson)

Outlook: The Wildcats return just 12 starters from last season's team, which tied Florida A&M and South Carolina State for the MEAC title. But they were picked second in the preseason poll. Jamarr Robinson, a former starter at Maryland, could be the quarterback.

Schedule

Sun.Prairie View A&M * noon

Sept. 10 S. Carolina St. 4 p.m.

Sept. 22Hampton 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 1 at Miami TBA

Oct. 8 at N.C. A&T 1:30 p.m.

Oct. 15 Fort Valley St. 4 p.m.

Oct. 20at Norfolk St.7:30 p.m.

Oct. 29 at N.C. Central 2 p.m.

Nov. 5 Morgan St.4 p.m.

Nov.12 Savannah St.3 p.m.

Nov. 19 Florida A&M * 2:30 p.m.

* At Orlando

Florida A&M Rattlers

Coach: Joe Taylor

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

Website: famuathletics.com

Area players: Gregory Harvey, Sr., FS (Largo); Vasty Paul, Fr., RB (Middleton); Aram Wynn, Fr., OL (Lakewood)

Outlook: FAMU finished in a three-way tie for first in the MEAC last season with Bethune-Cookman and South Carolina State. The Rattlers return eight starters from a defense that allowed 18.4 points per game. Also back are quarterback Austin Trainor, who started the final three games last season, and leading receivers Antonio Lawrence and Kevin Elliott.

Schedule

Sat.Fort Valley St. 6 p.m.

Sept. 8 at Hampton 6 p.m.

Sept. 17 at USF 7 p.m.

Sept. 24 Southern #3:30 p.m.

Oct. 1 Delaware St. 6 p.m.

Oct. 8 Howard 3 p.m.

Oct. 15 at Savannah St. 7 p.m.

Oct. 22 at S.C. St. 1:30 p.m.

Nov. 5 N.C. A&T 6 p.m.

Nov. 12 at N.C.Central 2 p.m.

Nov. 19 Bethune- Cookman * 2:30 p.m.

# At Atlanta * At Orlando

Florida Atlantic Owls

Coach: Howard Schnellenberger

Conference: Sun Belt

Website: fausports.com

Area players: Vinny Zaccario, Jr., K (Newsome); Chad Hill, Fr., LB (East Lake); Hakeeme Ishmar, Fr., WR (Pasco); Cary White, Fr., RB (Sickles)

Outlook: Schnellenberger announced this will be his final season, his 11th at FAU. The Owls open the season with three road games against teams in the preseason Top 25: No. 22 Florida, 17 Michigan State and No. 23 Auburn. The top returning quarterbacks, David Kooi and Graham Wilbert, had a combined one completion on seven attempts last season.

Schedule

Sat. at Florida 7 p.m.

Sept. 10 at Michigan St. noon

Sept. 24 at Auburn TBA

Oct. 1 at La.-LafayetteTBA

Oct. 8 at North Texas 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 15Western Ky. TBA

Oct. 22Middle Tenn.8 p.m.

Nov. 5Arkansas St. TBA

Nov. 12 at FIU TBA

Nov. 19 at Troy TBA

Nov. 26UAB TBA

Dec. 3La.-MonroeTBA

Florida International Golden Panthers

Coach: Mario Cristobal

Conference: Sun Belt

Website: fiusports.com

Area players: Chuck Grace, Sr., DB (Hillsborough); Greg Hickman, So., LB (Tampa Bay Tech); Austin Tottle, So., G (Osceola); Mitch Wozniak, Fr., WR (Pasco)

Outlook: The Golden Panthers, entering their 11th season, posted their first winning one last year. They are the preseason Sun Belt favorite after winning seven of their final nine games last season, including 34-32 over Toledo in the Little Caesars Bowl. Leading the way are receiver T.Y. Hilton, who had 848 yards receiving, 300 yards rushing and 11 total touchdowns (two on kickoff returns) last season, and Wesley Carroll, who threw for 2,623 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Schedule

TonightNorth Texas 7 p.m.

Sept. 9 at Louisville 7 p.m.

Sept. 17 UCF 6 p.m.

Sept. 24 La.-Lafayette6 p.m.

Oct. 1 Duke 6 p.m.

Oct. 8 at Akron 2 p.m.

Oct. 18 at Arkansas St. 8 p.m.

Oct. 25 Troy 8 p.m.

Nov. 5 at Western Ky.4 p.m.

Nov. 12 FAUTBA

Nov. 19 at La.-Monroe TBA

Nov. 26 at Middle Tenn.TBA

Jacksonville Dolphins

Coach: Kerwin Bell

Conference: Pioneer (I-AA)

Website: judolphins.com

Area players: Kendryk Boyd, Fr., WR (Boca Ciega); Keith Dawson, Sr., RB (Plant City); Daniel DelGuidice, Jr., DL (Largo); Rolando Fines, Sr., DL (Freedom); Byronton Jackson, Fr., RB (Lakewood); Blake Myregaard, Fr., K (CC Catholic); Billy Nenos, Fr., OL (Gaither); Tyler Peak, So., RB (Land O'Lakes); Carl Saunders, Jr., OL (Freedom); Josh Tanner, Fr., DL (Freedom); Larry Thompson, Sr., WR (Freedom); Colby Walden, Jr., DB (Hillsborough); Logan Williamson, Fr., OL (East Lake)

Outlook: Jacksonville shared the Pioneer title with Dayton last season and is picked to win it this season. It lost 10 starters from a team that led Division I-AA in scoring (42.2 points per game) and total offense (486.3 yards per game). Josh McGregor threw for 3,049 yards and 32 touchdowns with seven interceptions.

Schedule

Saturdayat Citadel 6 p.m.

Sept. 10 at Western Ill. 4 p.m.

Sept. 17 Charleston So. 1 p.m.

Sept. 24 at Campbell 1 p.m.

Oct. 1 at Marist noon

Oct. 8 Dayton 1 p.m.

Oct. 15 Morehead St.1 p.m.

Oct. 22 Davidson 1 p.m.

Nov. 5 at Drake 2 p.m.

Nov. 12 Butler noon

Nov. 19 at San Diego 4 p.m.

College football previews: Bethune-Cookman, Florida A&M, Florida Atlantic, Florida International, Jacksonville 08/31/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 31, 2011 8:22pm]

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