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  10/31/21 - Johnny FordrSo/2024, Florida Atlantic, 5-05, 175 (DS#999 RB) + More +

  Johnny Ford ran for a 27-yard touchdown in the first quarter and James Charles scored on a short run in the fourth to give Florida Atlantic an 18-point lead, and the Owls held off a late UTEP comeback attempt to earn a 28-25 win on Saturday night. The loss snapped UTEP's four-game win streak heading into a first-place showdown with UTSA next week. Ford's run put Florida Atlantic (5-3, 3-1 Conference USA) up 7-3 in the first quarter. N'Kosi Perry hit LaJohntay Wester with a 39-yard touchdown pass with :02 left in the first half to send the Owls into the break with a 14-10 lead.

Zaire Mitchell-Paden punched in with 3:27 left in the third quarter to make it 21-10, and Charles' 1-yard run pushed it to 28-10 early in the fourth. UTEP mounted a comeback with an 82-yard, seven-play drive. Ronald Awatt scored on a 5-yard run with 2:50 left and punched in the two-point conversion to make it 28-18. Gavin Hardison fired a 49-yard touchdown pass to Tyrin Smith with 2:02 left. UTEP got the ball with :30 left but could not get itself in position to attempt a game-tying field goal. Perry finished with 149 yards on 13-for-26 passing and Ford finished with 93 yards on 123 carries. The Miners (6-2, 3-1) outgained Florida Atlantic 454 to 279. Hardison threw for 337 yards and two touchdowns but was intercepted twice. - Florida Atlantic/AP College Football


(DS#999 RB) rSo/2024 RB Johnny FordFlorida Atlantic
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  N'Kosi Perry set up three touchdowns on as many drives in a breakaway third quarter and Florida Atlantic held Charlotte scoreless for all of the second half for a 38-9 victory Thursday night, just hours after each university announced it will be leaving Conference USA. Perry was a crisp 9 of 11 passing for 225 yards and three TDs. Johnny Ford rushed for 92 yards and a touchdown and caught one pass for 32 yards and another score. Charlotte (4-3, 2-1) was seeking its first 5-2 start. FAU (4-3, 2-1) entered the game winless on the road but, strangely, remains undefeated in Charlotte in four games there.

Charlotte led 9-7 at halftime as Chris Reynolds found Grant DuBose at the front of the end zone with a pass from the 1-yard line on the last play of the second quarter. The 49ers twice converted on fourth-and-one during the 17-play drive. Florida Atlantic opened the second half with a four-play scoring drive when Ford hauled in a screen pass from Perry and took it to the end zone on a 32-yard catch and run. On FAU's next possession, Perry hooked up with Je'Quan Burton on a 57-yard pass to set up first-and-goal, and Malcolm Davidson carried on a nine-yard touchdown a play later as the Owls extended their lead to 21-9. Perry found Brandon Robinson with a 30-yard touchdown pass near the end of the third to lead 28-9. Reynolds was 22-for-31 passing for 219 yards with a touchdown and two interceptions for Charlotte, which was held to 77 yards on the ground. - Florida Atlantic/AP College Football


(DS#45 QB) rSr/2022 QB NKosi PerryFlorida Atlantic
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  N'Kosi Perry passed for 329 yards and three touchdowns and Florida Atlantic rolled up 704 yards total offense in a 58-21 victory over Florida International in a Conference USA opener on Saturday. Perry completed 18 of 21 passes without an interception, compiling a passer rating of 264.5. Johnny Ford had 102 yards on 16 carries and FAU finished with 296 yards on the ground. Je'Quan Burton caught seven passes for 121 yards and a touchdown. Eleven players caught passes for the Owls (3-2, 1-0). After a 27-point second quarter led to a 34-21 halftime lead, the Owls shutout their in-state rival in the second half and Nick Tronti, Ford, and Kelvin Dean Jr. scored rushing touchdowns. FIU's Max Bortenschlager completed 12 of 27 passes for 263 yards with two touchdowns and an interception. Backup Grayson James completed 7 of 12 for 56 yards. EJ Wilson Jr. was the leading rusher for the Panthers (1-4, 0-1) with just 37 yards. - Florida Atlantic/AP College Football

(DS#45 QB) rSr/2022 QB NKosi PerryFlorida Atlantic
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  N'Kosi Perry threw for 278 yards and Florida Atlantic added 248 yards on the ground in a 45-14 victory over FCS-member Fordham on Saturday night. The Owls (2-1) led 14-7 at halftime before erupting with 31 points in the second half. Perry threw both his touchdown passes in the third quarter. After Fordham drew within 28-14, the Owls scored the game's final 17 points in the fourth. Tim DeMorat threw two touchdown passes but the Rams (0-3) managed only 237 total yards and 11 first downs. FAU had 549 yards and 32 first downs. Perry was 27-of-43 passing for the 278 yards and two scores. His primary target was LaJohntay Wester with 10 receptions for 101 yards and a touchdown. - Florida Atlantic/AP College Football

(DS#45 QB) rSr/2022 QB NKosi PerryFlorida Atlantic
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  SEPT 13 CONFERENCE USA CO-OFFENSIVE OF THE WEEK: Florida Atlantic QB N'Kosi Perry drew his second start as an Owl and first before the home crowd in Boca Raton. The Miami transfer easily moved the ball down the field scoring on four of his nine drives, with no three-and-out drives on the day. He guided the Owls offense that totaled 541 yards and used a commanding 33:50 of game clock against a triple option offense. Individually, Perry became the first FAU quarterback to eclipse 300 yards passing since Dec. 20, 2019. - Conference USA Football

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  N'Kosi Perry threw four touchdown passes including three in the third quarter when Florida Atlantic broke the game open as the Owls defeated Georgia Southern 38-6 on Saturday. Perry dropped a pass into a sprinting Je'Quan Burton's fingertips for a 50-yard touchdown and followed that with another third-quarter strike to John Mitchell for a 19-yard score on the left side of the end zone and a 24-6 lead. Perry added a final third-quarter TD pass of 31 yards to LaJohntay Wester, though replays appeared to show the receiver out of bounds when he made the catch. However, a review confirmed the call. Georgia Southern (1-1) scored first with Logan Wright's 22-yard first-quarter run. But in the final two minutes of the half Perry threw a 19-yard touchdown to John Mitchell and Aaron Shahriari kicked a field goal for a 10-7 lead. Nick Tronti added a 3-yard touchdown run late in the game for FAU (1-1). FAU outgained the Eagles 528-254. Perry was 19-of-27 passing for 332 yards with Wester making seven catches for 124 yards. - Florida Atlantic/AP College Football

(DS#45 QB) rSr/2022 QB NKosi PerryFlorida Atlantic
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  Current FAU and former Miami Hurricanes quarterback N'Kosi Perry signed a name, image and likeness deal with Islamorada Brewery and Distillery on Wednesday. Perry signed what is believed to be the first NIL deal with a beer or liquor company for a collegiate athlete. Islamorada Brewery and Distillery said on Twitter "We are happy to announce, Islamorada Beverages is the first alcohol company to endorse an NCAA athlete through the NIL." Perry, who spent four years with the Hurricanes, started his first game for FAU this past Saturday in the Owls' 35-14 loss to the Florida Gators. During the game, the 23-year-old graduate student completed 19 of his 33 passes for 261 yards and one touchdown. While with the Hurricanes, Perry started nine games and played in 24 matchups over three seasons. - Sun-Sentinel

(DS#45 QB) rSr/2022 QB NKosi PerryFlorida Atlantic
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  FAU coach Willie Taggart named former Miami Hurricanes quarterback N'Kosi Perry the Owls' starter for their season opener against the Florida Gators on Saturday. Throughout camp, the Owls had an ongoing four-way competition, including last year's starter Nick Tronti, Penn State transfer Michael Johnson Jr. and Javion Posey. Perry, a graduate transfer, spent four seasons with the Hurricanes, completing 208 of 397 passes for 2,484 yards with 24 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 24 games. Perry, who graduated from Vanguard High School in Ocala, Fla., played his final game with the Hurricanes against Oklahoma State in December 2020 at the Cheez-It Bowl. He went 19 of 34 for 228 yards and two touchdowns in UM's 37-34 loss. - Sun-Sentinel

(DS#45 QB) rSr/2022 QB NKosi PerryFlorida Atlantic
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  Willie Taggart enters his second season at Florida Atlantic with a very crowded quarterback room. Taggart's first season in Boca Raton was overshadowed by the pandemic and the Owls ended up 5-4. But after an off-season of adding players on both sides of the ball, he believes FAU has what it takes to win C-USA's East Division. "I really like our roster. I thought we did a good job this off-season filling some needs and getting the players we needed to be efficient on both offense and defense," said Taggart while speaking at C-USA's Media Day.

"I know going into the off-season, one thing I wanted to do as the head coach was to make us a highly competitive football team. That's at every position, especially at the quarterback position, and I thought this off-season we were able to do that with the addition of (transfers) Michael Johnson and N'Kosi Perry." Perry, who transferred from Miami in April, joins an Owls quarterback room that includes holdovers Nick Tronti, Javion Posey and Willie Taggart Jr as well as Johnson. Perry has the most experience in the group. While he was with the Hurricanes, he threw for 2,484 yards and 24 touchdowns in three seasons. - Palm Beach Post


(DS#45 QB) rSr/2022 QB NKosi PerryFlorida Atlantic
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  Former Miami Hurricanes quarterback N'Kosi Perry is transferring to Florida Atlantic "I really like our roster. I thought we did a good job this off-season filling some needs and getting the players we needed to be efficient on both offense and defense," said Taggart while speaking at C-USA's Media Day. "I know going into the off-season, one thing I wanted to do as the head coach was to make us a highly competitive football team. That's at every position, especially at the quarterback position, and I thought this off-season we were able to do that with the addition of (transfers) Michael Johnson and N'Kosi Perry." Perry, who transferred from Miami in April, joins an Owls quarterback room that includes holdovers Nick Tronti, Javion Posey and Willie Taggart Jr as well as Johnson. Perry has the most experience in the group. While he was with the Hurricanes, he threw for 2,484 yards and 24 touchdowns in three seasons. - Palm Beach Post

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  05/04/21 - BJ EmmonsSr/2021, Florida Atlantic, 5-11, 215 (DS#37 RB) + More +

  FAU may not have had a player selected in the 2021 NFL draft, but that didn't stop a couple of former Owls from finding an NFL home. A few hours after the draft ended Saturday evening, running back BJ Emmons signed with Seattle Seahawks while linebacker Leighton McCarthy signed with the reigning Super Bowl champions, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, as undrafted free agents. Emmons, who was the No. 4 running back prospect in the nation out of high school and played at Alabama in 2016, transferred to FAU and redshirted the 2018 season after spending 2017 at Hutchinson Community College (Hutchinson, Kan.). - Sun-Sentinel

(DS#37 RB) Sr/2021 RB BJ EmmonsFlorida Atlantic
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  The FAU Owls added another former Power Five player to their quarterback room, with former Miami Hurricanes signal-caller N'Kosi Perry announcing Wednesday afternoon that he's transferring to Florida Atlantic. Perry, a former four-star recruit out of Ocala's Vanguard High, was a redshirt junior last year with UM and is expected to have two seasons of eligibility left after the NCAA granted all fall sport athletes an eligibility waiver for the 2020 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. He redshirted in 2017 and was sporadically Miami's starting quarterback during the 2018 and 2019 seasons before being D'Eriq King's backup in 2020. The most game action he saw during the past season was in the Cheez-It Bowl on Dec. 29 after King tore his ACL in the game, with Perry going 19 of 34 for 228 yards and two touchdowns with UM's comeback attempt falling short in the Hurricanes' 37-34 loss to Oklahoma State. - Sun-Sentinel

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  04/03/21 - BJ EmmonsSr/2021, Florida Atlantic, 5-11, 215 (DS#37 RB) + More +

  There were 12 players at the Florida Atlantic Pro Day Tuesday morning, but all eyes seemed to be on running back BJ Emmons. During his workouts, he ran an unofficial 4.6 40-yard dash, and leapt 10.5 feet in the long jump. He also caught a handful of passes from former FAU quarterback De'Andre Johnson, and Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars and Pittsburgh Steelers scouts approached Emmons at the end of his workouts. "They asked me tough questions, but it's better to tell the truth and not beat around the bush," Emmons told reporters. "Honesty is best when you want someone to accept you into their organization." In two seasons with the Owls, Emmons rushed for 353 yards on 88 carries and seven touchdowns. Injuries played a role in his college career, however, as he only played nine games for the Owls. A consensus four-star recruit coming out of high school, Emmons played at Alabama as a freshman, rushing for 173 yards on 35 carries. Emmons had the opportunity to return for another season with the Owls after the NCAA granted student-athletes an extra year of eligibility, but chose to pursue a professional career. - Palm Beach Post

(DS#37 RB) Sr/2021 RB BJ EmmonsFlorida Atlantic
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  03/31/21 - BJ EmmonsSr/2021, Florida Atlantic, 5-11, 215 (DS#37 RB) + More +

  There were 12 players at the Florida Atlantic Pro Day Tuesday morning, but all eyes seemed to be on running back BJ Emmons. During his workouts, he ran an unofficial 4.6 40-yard dash, and leapt 10.5 feet in the long jump. He also caught a handful of passes from former FAU quarterback De'Andre Johnson, and Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars and Pittsburgh Steelers scouts approached Emmons at the end of his workouts. "They asked me tough questions, but it's better to tell the truth and not beat around the bush," Emmons told reporters. "Honesty is best when you want someone to accept you into their organization." In two seasons with the Owls, Emmons rushed for 353 yards on 88 carries and seven touchdowns. Injuries played a role in his college career, however, as he only played nine games for the Owls. A consensus four-star recruit coming out of high school, Emmons played at Alabama as a freshman, rushing for 173 yards on 35 carries. - Palm Beach Post

(DS#37 RB) Sr/2021 RB BJ EmmonsFlorida Atlantic
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  The answer to who'll be FAU's starting quarterback in the fall wasn't expected to be answered in the spring, but Michael Johnson Jr. helped his case for QB1 during the later stages of the Owls' spring game at FAU Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Johnson Jr. had a strong performance in the team's intrasquad scrimmage, with the Penn State transfer quarterback throwing two touchdowns on 4 of 5 passing for 100 yards for Team Jon Bills in their 23-18 win over Team Chris Perkins. Zuberi Mobley also stood out for Team Bills. The redshirt freshman running back out of Northwestern high school finished with 63 rushing yards on six carries and a touchdown. Bills, FAU's tight ends coach, and Perkins, the team's running backs coach, served as the head coaches while FAU head coach Willie Taggart observed the game on the field for Saturday's matchup, which was a traditional game instead of offense versus defense after players were split up among the two teams. - Sun-Sentinel

(DS#999 QB) rFr/2025 QB Michael Johnson Jr.Florida Atlantic
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