Florida Atlantic Owls

Florida Atlantic Owls

About Florida Atlantic Owls

The Florida Atlantic Owls were established in 2001. Representing Florida Atlantic University, the Owls have achieved some success on the field, despite their relative youth. In addition, several alumni from Florida Atlantic have gone on to enjoy careers in the National Football League. The team's main rivals are the FIU Panthers.

Initially, Alorida Atlantic competed as an independent at NCAA Division I-AA level. After four years, they transitioned to Division I-A and moved to the Sun Belt Conference. Having spent eight years in the Sun Belt Conference, the team officially became a member of Conference USA in 2013 and will play in the East Division.

The 2007 season was historic for the program, as the Owls won the Sun Belt Conference to claim their first Conference Championship. They were subsequently invited to compete in the 2007 New Orleans Bowl. In the process, they became the youngest NCAA team to ever be invited to play in a bowl game. The team went on to win the New Orleans Bowl, defeating the Memphis Tigers. The following year, they played in the Motor City Bowl and again emerged victorious, this time having beaten the Central Michigan Chippewas. As a result, they currently hold an unbeaten 2-0 record in post-season bowl games.

Former Florida Atlantic players Rusty Smith, Rob Housler and Alfred Morris have all been drafted by teams in the National Football League. Amongst the other notable players to have played for the team are Chris Laskowski, Jared Allen and Frantz Joseph.

Since it opened in 2011, FAU Stadium has hosted the team's home games. The venue is often referred to as 'The House that Howard Built', in reference to Howard Schnellenberger, the team's f...