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New candidate in the mix

Owl Insider: The coaching search is far from over and we have a new candidate from the Big 10 in the mix, plus the latest depth chart shuffles for this week's game vs. UAB including a starter down on offense.

Originally published on 11/24/2011

by Chuck King

Add another name to Florida Atlantic's list for who has interviewed to be its next football coach.

Sources told that FAU Athletic Director Craig Angelos traveled to Nebraska to interview Cornhuskers defensive coordinator Carl Pelini last week.

Pelini, the brother of Bo Pelini, the Huskers' head coach, has been in charge of the Nebraska defense since 2008. Nebraska's defense has slipped to 42nd in total defense this season and is allowing 24.7 points per game.

In 2010 Nebraska finished 11th in the nation in total defense. The year before the Cornhuskers led the nation in scoring defense.

Carl Pelini came to Nebraska after spending three years at Ohio. He spent 2003 at Nebraska as a graduate assistant before moving to Minnesota St. in 2004.

FAU began the 2009 season with an 49-3 loss at Nebraska.

Colley out for UAB game: One thing to watch for in Saturday's game will be the center-quarterback exchange, which has been improving since the beginning of the season.

However, starting center Jimmie Colley, who has started all but one game this season, has been ruled out for Saturday with a foot injury.

Jordan Sessa, who started the one game Colley missed, will start at center and took snaps this week in practice with the starting unit.

Starting right guard Chris Newbold would be the center if Sessa were to go down.

D-Line has changes also: Look for FAU's defensive line to have a new look for Saturday's game vs. UAB.

If senior defensive end Kevin Cyrille, who received a concussion in the Owls' loss to Troy, is not cleared to play before the game, the Owls will be down two starting defensive ends with senior Jamere Johnson sitting out the second game of his two-game suspension for making contact with a game official during the loss to FIU.

Backup end Andew Stryfffler also may miss the game after receiving a leg injury in the Owls' loss to Troy.

If FAU starts in a three-man front, look for the Owls to use David Baptiste and Jimmy Jean as ends, and Jarvis Givens, who had been on the second-team, as the starting nose-tackle. When FAU is in a nickel-package, the Owls will show a two-man line of Baptiste and Jean.

Baptiste started last week's game at Troy, recording a sack and an interception. Jean has started ahead of Givens for the last three games.

- Marcus Nelson contributed to this report


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