The Florida Atlantic Owls strong finish to last season, which came right after second-year head coach Carl Pelini’s bizarre firing due to evidence of some “illegal drug use,” showed that Pelini was building something before he left. Remember he took over a program that was 1-11 the year before under college football legend Howard Schnellenberger, and after a 3-9 season in 2012, he had the team at 2-6 in 2013. But it’s important to note that the Owls had played by far the hardest part of their schedule a that point and were a grand total of 5 points away from 2 more wins. The improvement was solidified as they
finished winning their final four games.
First-year head coach Charlie Partridge should have no problem building on the foundation Pelini laid. There are enough returning skill players for the year and some experience elsewhere, along with a recruiting class that brought in four 3-stars, to give the defensive-minded Bret Bielema protege something to work with.
Partridge has already shown his ability on the recruiting trail, which bodes well for the Owls’ future, as he has already nailed five Rivals 3-stars for the 2015 class. With connections in the south and midwest along with coaching in Florida, recruiting should only continue to get better.
But what does that mean for this year? With a returning starter at quarterback along with the skill players coming back, Partridge already has a good start.