Greenville, N.C. —FAU coach Carl Pelini said on Monday that he expected to have a completely healthy
roster from which to chose his 67-man travel squad. The Owls did travel 67, but defensive back Winfred Strickland was not part of the group.
Stickland played in 10 games in 2012, registering 28 tackles and an interception. Junior college transfer Marc Mauro and Jeremy McKnight were moved up on the depth chart to replace Stickland.
— FAU is no stranger to non-weeknight games. The Owls have started the last two seasons on Friday nights, but Thursday night’s conference opener at East Carolina was FAU’s first Thursday night contest since 2006.
The Owls entered Thursday’s game with a 2-3 record on Thursday nights. And while it came seven years ago, the Owls entered Dowdy-Ficken Stadium coming off a win in their last Thursday affair, a 32-7 victory over Southern Utah at Lockhart Stadium in Ft. Lauderdale on Oct. 12, 2006.
Since that win, the Owls have played on non-Saturday regular season games four times. The Owls played twice on Tuesdays in 2008 in addition to the Friday-night openers in the Carl Pelini era.
The game at ECU is FAU’s only Thursday-night contest of the season.
-In FAU’s 13-year football history, it has only been a part of one conference, the Sun Belt. That changed Thursday when it debuted in Conference USA.
Ironically, the Owls only other conference debut came on a Thursday night as well. FAU lost that game 28-21 to Louisiana-Monroe on Sept. 22, 2005.