Posted: 10:28 am Saturday, August 13th, 2011

New FAU stadium attracts Atlantic WR Chad Ward to Owls 

By Matt Porter

Though he won’t be playing for legendary coach Howard Schnellenberger, Atlantic senior Chad Ward will be one of the first class of players to break in Florida Atlantic’s sparkling new stadium.

Atlantic wide receiver Chad Ward says he can't wait to play in FAU's new stadium. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

Atlantic wide receiver Chad Ward says he can't wait to play in FAU's new stadium. (Allen Eyestone/The Palm Beach Post)

Ward (6-3, 185, No. 18 on the Big Board) said Saturday he will commit to FAU. Ward said the location of the school and the Owls recently opened, 30,000-seat home were the reasons Ward pledged.

“Close to home. New stadium! Love the school,” Ward said, via text message, when asked his reasons for choosing FAU.

A physical, sure-handed presence as a receiver, Ward caught 12 passes for 173 yards and 1 touchdown as a junior and burst onto the recruiting scene with a big offseason. Ward had standout performances in 7-on-7 tournaments and Atlantic’s spring game win over Glades Central.

A two-star prospect according to Rivals, Ward also had an offer from Bryant. He said he always wanted his Delray Beach friends and family to be able to see him play on Saturdays.

“FAU was always at the top,” Ward said.

FAU went 4-8 in 2010, with a 3-5 record in Sun Belt Conference play. The Owls open 2011 at Florida and play four more road games before breaking in the as-of-now-unnamed stadium Oct. 15 against Western Kentucky.

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