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How Peter and Kepa Mendia Have Become World-Renowned Talents While Calling South Florida Home BY CASH LAMBERT At 9:30 p.m., the Mendia house was buzzing. As Peter Mendia
packed for an upcoming surf trip to Costa Rica that his youngest son, Kepa, would join him on, his wife, Ali, and his oldest son,
Egan, kept me busy in conversation. When Peter reached a stopping point, he told Kepa to give me a tour of his quiver.
That’s why I had come to the Mendia’s South Florida home on a weeknight in 2015 — to write about this budding surf grom for Atlantic Current.
Kepa shyly showed me his surfboards — an arsenal of 4’4s and
4’7s shaped by Todd Proctor that matched his 9-year-old frame.
PHOTO: SHANE GRACE
After Kepa said that he was using these boards in surf competitions, Peter reiterated the importance of keeping surfing fun. It’s hard to believe my visit to the Mendia’s house was seven
years ago. As I re-read the article, entitled “Grom Life with Kepa Mendia,” I was thankful for print outlets like Atlantic Current
in our digital-heavy world, because the article not only seeks to
entertain, but it shows just how far Peter and Kepa have come in their surfing careers.
I realized the ultimate paradox: It seems that so much has
changed with Peter and Kepa since then. But at the same time, it doesn’t seem like much has changed at all.
If you visit beaches in Palm Beach County during a swell, you’re likely to see a surfer sending saltwater in every direction, hacking, carving and destroying the walls of each wave he surfs.
That’s what Peter Mendia’s been doing for decades. The South Florida native began surfing at 10 years old, traveled around
the world on the competition circuit, and found his niche as a freesurfer.
PHOTO: TONY ARRUZA
Peter Mendia’s staple, from his grom days to now, is his patented power surfing. He’s also known for charging the biggest and gnarliest waves, resulting in jaw-dropping barrels. Mexico,
Hawaii, Indonesia, the Bahamas…the location doesn’t matter. Peter’s surfing brilliance is on display wherever he goes.
If you see Peter in the water, you’ll probably see Kepa sitting next to him and showcasing his surfing repertoire: throwing buckets, hunting for barrels and launching sky-high airs.
When he was old enough, Kepa started going on strike missions
with his dad, like the Costa Rica trip they were packing for when I ventured to their house in 2015.
As Kepa grew, so did his boards — 4’4s became 5’7s and 4’7s be-
“Fun Comes First.”
came 5’8s. He’s added hardware to his name, including a handful of National Scholastic Surfing Association (NSSA) titles.
Plus, he’s been at the epicenter of surfing as it migrates from
contest to contest, coast to coast. In 2019, just minutes before the start of the Billabong Pipe Masters on Oahu’s North Shore, young Kepa was freesurfing with contestants. He stood up on a massive
Backdoor wave, disappeared behind a blue curtain, and exploded out of it. The world’s best surfers saw the wave from the beach, and, after the clip went viral in the global surfing community,
those who didn’t know the grom were introduced to his talents. Either way, the sentiment was in agreement: the wave was a perfect 10.
“It’s pretty incredible to see him evolve and just get better and
better…and actually like it,” Peter told me. I asked him if he was
pushing Kepa in surfing, because sometimes a parent pushing a child too hard in a sport can lead to stress and burnout. “I don’t
tell him anything,” Peter said. “I want him to enjoy it for himself. Surfing is supposed to be fun.”
“Fun comes first,” Kepa told me, echoing Peter’s sentiment. “He’s
not trying to get in my head. He wants it to come easy and for me to have fun.”
In a sport that is now seeing a rapid growth of coaching — the majority of junior surfers as well as professionals have surf
coaches — Kepa decided that in order to keep things fun, he 17
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didn’t want a coach. “He is the only kid near his level that doesn’t
Pier set the scene for what Peter calls “the pureness” of surfing.
date speak for themselves.
exotic locations, Peter gets just as psyched watching kids learn
have a coach,” Peter told me. Kepa’s excellent contest results to
There’s no doubt that we are all products of our environment.
For someone who surfs some of the gnarliest waves in the most how to surf in the same waves that he once learned in.
While South Florida may not get the credit it deserves for being a
So much has changed since Atlantic Current’s last feature on the
class surfing resume.
changed at all.
training ground for surfers, it has shaped Peter and Kepa’s world-
“You don’t take surfing for granted living here,” Peter said. “If there’s a wave, you have to go.”
“Whenever there’s waves at home, I’m trying to surf as much as possible,” Kepa said. “I’ve met kids from other places who don’t care to surf as much. I’m frothing to surf anything.”
What excites the Mendia household today is their own version of giving back to the local surf community: Mendia Board-
ing School. The surf camp has run every summer for nearly a
decade, and is a source of stoke and pride for the family. A combination of soft tops, small summer waves, and the Lake Worth 18
Mendias, but at the same time, it doesn’t seem like much has
Catching up with Peter and Kepa for this 10th Anniversary issue, the most obvious change was Kepa’s surfing skill. It’s clear that he is one of the top junior surfers today. When I catch up with them again for the 20th Anniversary issue, I have a sneaking
suspicion of what I’ll be writing about, based on Kepa’s current
goal: “My dream is go on World Tour, and I’m going to compete until I do that.” @petemendia
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15 Years of Good Pickin’
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BY DARIEN DAVIES
If you’re one of the lucky ones, you’ll have spent your life living out
your passion. If you’re one of the ultra lucky ones, this would entail
traveling, jamming out on stage, sharing good vibes with thousands and thousands of people, and making life-long friendships — all in a day’s work.
Meet Brian and Brian,
who, by this standard, are some of the luckiest craic-loving people out there.
“Crazy it’s been 10 years, that was a great party at Kahunas!,” said
Brian Trew, recounting the band’s performance at Atlantic Current’s inaugural release party a decade ago. “Yeah, a ton has happened
with us. We’ve played loads of festivals, released an album, traveled up and down the East Coast, went to Ireland more than a dozen
times, had some really great times. We’ve gone through some lineup changes, but the Hootenanny spirit has never changed.”
The band began in 2007, with a lineup that included Brian Bolen, David Welch, Mike Kayne, Beau Myer, and Mike Kane.
fter playing some open mics and picking up some
paying gigs around town, the band basically just formed around the people that were out at the gigs. It seemed like we provided a place for social gatherings of like-minded people in search of a good
time,” said Bolen, who started playing electric guitar when he was
10, which is when he felt that he was actively engaging and emulat-
ing the music he was listening to, instead of being kind of passively compelled by it. “If we were friends and you played an instrument,
you were basically in the Hootenanny. The band was a very natural and organic manifestation.”
Then along came Brian Trew, who was studying classical music at FAU, who caught their show at the Irishmen in Boca and started talking to the group while they were on a break. You know, just
the casual “I have a fiddle in my car” comment and it was a match made in let’s-see-what-happens heaven.
In the beginning, there would be anywhere from four to 11 people
on stage, which is a party in itself. According to Trew, this is where the name “hootenanny” came from.
“It’s a southern term meaning ‘an informal gathering of folk music and dancing.’ Bar owners would kind of look at us like, ‘you know
we only booked a two piece, right?’ We just love playing for people, and we still love it,” Trew said. “I’m excited to have my 2-year-old
come out to shows and experience live music. Maybe one day come up and play with the old man, haha!”
Much like the rest of the music world, COVID put a kink in their
performance schedule, so when venues didn’t have the budget for
a full band, the Brian duo started their own “Whiskey Wednesday” act at local places to just get by and keep spirits high. Slowly, and thankfully, the band is getting back to normal, welcoming bass
player Chris Bonelli back to the stage, joining Bolen on guitar/vo-
cals and Trew on fiddle/vocals. For bigger shows, you’ll find banjo
player Nigel Ledford from Firewater Tent Revival joining in as well.
“There’s an amazing feeling I get when we are set up to play a show and I pause for a minute and think, ‘For the next few hours, my only job is to enjoy myself and play music I love with the people I love.’ Life becomes very simple and free. Your bandmates become your family, and the music and the audience become your world.”
PHOTO: NATHAN HAMLER
They also have a trip to Ireland planned for Sept. 2022, which
“Communicating with bandmates and audiences through music
new tunes so they’re looking forward to releasing an EP.
participate in. There’s music for every mood, yet music can also
always gives them a big boost, and Bolen has been writing some
“I’ve been writing some new music as well as revisiting some
ideas from years ago that we never really put together. This is a
similar formula that led to our previous albums,” said Bolen, who can’t really remember a time when he wasn’t into music (and it
shows). “We like to let nature take its course while recording and
usually end up with some groovy, some folky, some jammy, some Celtic, and some whiskey songs. We’re looking forward to the future.”
But, for the band, it has been and always will be about playing their fast-twitch fingers for their friends and fans.
“It’s still as fun as ever making people smile, and hopefully being the highlight of their week,” said Trew, who is excited that the
is an incredible experience that I feel so fortunate to be able to
set a mood. Somewhere in between is where the communication between the performer and audience takes place,” Bolen said. “There’s an amazing feeling I get when we are set up to play a
show and I pause for a minute and think, ‘For the next few hours, my only job is to enjoy myself and play music I love with the people I love.’ Life becomes very simple and free. Your bandmates become your family, and the music and the audience become your world.”
After unsuccessfully trying to pin down their musical genre, they
came up with Americeltic Pubgrass, which, in a way, fits, because it makes little to no sense. But it feels like it’ll be fun, right? Lots
of clapping, tapping, dancing and craic-inducing good times, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
band still plays locally every Thursday through Sunday. “Playing
“South Florida is such an awesome community, with so many
huge festival, so that was definitely a memory I won’t forget. Just
gether for 15 years now and it’s all because folks keep coming out
Ireland is always a blast. The last time we were there was for a
traveling with the lads in the van, having a laugh, playing tunes… you definitely pinch yourself sometimes that this is your living.”
And a fun, energetic, memorable living at that. It’s almost something that you can’t quite describe, and that’s okay because the band can’t either.
great restaurants, bars and venues for live music. We’ve been toand keep it alive,” Trew said. “I mean, it’s the dream! Get paid to
play tunes with your buddies, travel, drink on the job, make peo-
ple happy, it’s the best! Since I was 12 I’ve been in a band. Making music and making people happy is what I always want to do.” @uproothootenanny
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West Palm Indie Faves Paddle Into Their Second Decade BY DAVID ROLLAND
Growing up in West Palm Beach, John Paul Pitts was writing
songs as soon as he picked up a guitar. “Once I learned I could record my music on a computer I never looked back,” John
recollects to Atlantic Current. When he moved up to Orlando to
attend the University of Central Florida, he met drummer Tyler
Schwarz. “Tyler had a Built to Spill poster. We liked all the same
bands, that college radio music. So, we started fleshing out songs that I wrote,” John said.
They put some of those early renditions of Surfer Blood songs on the internet. To their surprise, they garnered a devoted
following, including one pivotal person, Thomas Fekete. “We
met Thomas at a party in Miami. He said he loved our songs and
wanted to learn them. We thought he was joking at first. But then he came over and learned all our songs on guitar,” John said. It was around 2009 when they bought a van on Craigslist and
booked a run of shows around the country off Myspace and hit the road. John’s memories of audience’s collective indifference
still bums him out. “I remember we played Chicago and only four Left to right: Michael McCleary, Lindsey Mills, Tyler Schwarz, John Paul Pitts
people bought tickets and they were all our friends. I remember
playing in Raleigh and people at the bar seemed bothered by our playing music,” John said. It was at a New York City show when things changed. They signed to the indie label Kanine Records, who agreed to put out their debut record “Astro Coast.”
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“That first album was the first 10 songs I ever wrote. The songs
and a record of covers titled “Covers,” where Surfer Blood puts
them, but the label was like, ‘nah,’” John said. The label made the
You.” John says there are plans afoot for even more Surfer Blood
on ‘Astro Coast’ were all demos. We thought we would re-record
their spin on OutKast’s “Hey Ya!” and Modern English’s “I Melt With
right decision. “Astro Coast” got all kinds of love for Surfer Blood
music. “I’m working on some demos. We have a studio space down
al television to the chance to open for some of their musical heroes
go late at night if you want to lay down a drum track and not wake
But the good times didn’t last. Shortly after completion of their
They’re also continuing to play live shows including a club gig on
Surfer Blood after being diagnosed with cancer. On May 30, 2016,
they will also play at Jupiter’s Abacoa Amphitheater where they will
from rave reviews from the music media to appearances on nationlike the Pixies and Guided by Voices.
third record, “1000 Palms,” guitarist Thomas Fekete had to leave
Fekete passed away at only 27 years of age. “He was the most de-
termined and smartest person I ever knew,” John said. “He taught
me all the cool bands. When I met him, I only listened to Pavement and that’s it. He opened my horizons. He worked at a Delray record
in Boynton called Shade Tree Studios. It’s nice to have a place to
anyone else up,” John said.
Friday, Sept. 23 at Propaganda in Lake Worth. On Saturday, Oct. 1, share an unlikely bill with ‘90s bands the Spin Doctors and Sister Hazel.
Even though John and the rest of the band are working day jobs to
shop Backbone Music. A lot of times the owner didn’t have money
pay their bills, looking back he can’t see Surfer Blood as anything
He was the accelerator of the group and was impossible to replace.”
play in 23 countries. After a show you’d get to talk to locals and get
Surfer Blood went on though. Guitarist Michael McCleary and bass-
with great friends was amazing,” John said.
to pay him, and he got paid in records, so he had a crazy collection.
ist Lindsey Mills joined the band for their last two original albums
but a major rock and roll success story. “I feel so lucky. We got to
an un-touristy view of the rest of the world. To do that in my 20s
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On one of those international shows, John remembers see-
ing what that next level of rock stardom could have been like. “We were playing these festivals in Australia. We were flying
between cities, and we just happened to be on the same plane
as The Strokes. We were just watching them. At baggage claim,
they were dressed very cool waiting for their bags in their leather jackets and sunglasses. Tom still had his neck pillow on and
asked us, ‘How can I look that cool?’ We were like, ‘maybe take off the neck pillow,’” John said.
But Surfer Blood has had their share of success. Surely they must have occasionally been recognized from their appearances on Jimmy Fallon or being written up on Pitchfork? “It happens,”
John admits. “When I lived in LA more often. When I was at the
bank or Whole Foods or Ikea. I’m always happy about it. I take a
picture with them, but every time I notice I’m dressed like absolute shit. Guess that means I should start dressing nicer.” @surferblood 30
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Cold Heart The Sticky Bun’s Winning Recipe BY DARIEN DAVIES
Your alarm goes off, you rub your eyes, stretch your toes, and
acknowledge that you’re starting your day. First step is breakfast. Your fridge might hold all the contents for the most important
meal of the day, but who the heck wants to go through the effort. In our current days of restrictions, uncertainty and focusing on positivity — or my personal favorite, “fake it ’til you make it” —
cooking for yourself and others isn’t just about filling your belly, it’s about filling your soul. And that’s exactly what husband and wife duo, Mike and Pauline, do every single day at their smallbut-mighty breakfast, brunch and lunch spot, The Sticky Bun. “Everything is homemade. It makes a huge difference to us
because it’s our name,” said Pauline, a kitchen girl at heart who bakes everything at the Bun. “It’s a little joint; the ‘little engine that could.’”
Could and did. Mike and Pauline worked in the restaurant industry for more than 20 years before they decided that if they were going to work mornings, nights, weekends and holidays, that they were going to do it for themselves.
Pauline’s idea was to open a little coffee shop where she’d bake out of the back and sell really good key lime pie, biscuits and
the like, from a menu complete with only 10 items. But then the
word spread, and the community grew hungrier. Mike decided to incorporate his love of smoking meats and expanded the menu
PHOTOS BY DUSTIN WRIGHT
to include pastrami, bacon and pork belly, and the rest is hospitality history.
“It just kind of happened. People want the real deal,” said
“We hate old food,” Pauline said. This is what makes the seeming-
Pauline, who still makes fresh biscuits, buns, muffins and more
ly simple menu so arguably delicious.
ence. It just caught on. Our bread is good bread, too. We’re kind
It might sound like a BLT, but it’s not. It’s the 6 Slicer BLT made
every morning. “Once you have our bacon, you know the differof a savage in the kitchen. Sometimes you just can’t help it.”
As their menu and following grew, so did their restaurant, as it doubled in size from when they first opened their oven doors
in April 2015 over the course of about seven years. Pauline said they just kept getting bigger and bigger and busier and busier.
Now, there’s something always going on, regardless of if it’s the smoker, the catering business or the wait to get in the door on the weekends.
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with housemade bacon, lettuce, tomato, avocado and mayo. Or the anti-standard House Biscuit with sausage, egg and cheese. And the House Smoked Brisket? So much yes with the cherry
chipotle BBQ, pickled jalapeños and slaw on a toasted challah
bun. Don’t blink past the House Smoked Turkey or you’ll miss a perfect combo of greens, tomato, and cranberry aioli on multi-
grain bread. If you’re busting at the seams, you’re ready for dessert, which includes Pauline’s famous sticky bun, paleo muffin,
granola bar, key lime pie or slice, or dessert of the day. Order one
for eating now and two to go, like a local.
“This is laid-back, nonfine dining. We’re not going to get to you at all times to refill your coffee. But it’s quick and friendly service and a fun vibe,” said Pauline, who has a love-hate relationship with being her
own boss. “Our logo is ‘Warm Buns, Cold Heart,’ which is me, not
Mike. I’m a kitchen girl learning how to deal with the front of the house. But our locals are freakin’ awesome and where else can
you laugh, curse and joke around while you’re busting your ass all day with a bunch of fun young people!”
There’s live music on Sundays, four-legged family members are
always welcome and there’s indoor and outdoor seating for those who prefer either option. Or, grab your order and walk to Sullivan Park on the Intracoastal where you can spread out and let
the kiddos run around. Everyone’s welcome, so come hungry and leave happy, which is how Pauline and Mike prefer it.
Even after decades in the cutthroat restaurant world, it’s a higher calling (and a tiny bit of insanity) to go into business for yourself and with your spouse, to boot. It’s personal and it’s never taken for granted, even on the earliest of mornings and the latest of afternoons.
“At least we made it, right? That’s a blessing,” said Pauline. 1619 S.E. Third Court, Deerfield Beach @the_sticky_bun
Soul Rebel Still Rockin’ Steady BY AVA BOURBEAU
Drew Thompson (left) and Chris Morgan (right)
PHOTOS BY NOTHING NEGATIVE CO. Comfort food isn’t always deep-fried. At Soul Rebel, it’s pressed in
One of the most prominent distinctions from just “juice bar” is
gotiable standard to owner, Drew Thompson, who said, “Ethically
fuel, creating a loyal community, and establishing positive hab-
kindness is important. You’ve got to be kind in this world. Kind
at a higher frequency when you leave than when you came,” said
house, fresh caught, and served with purpose. This is a non-ne-
sourced, organic foods are important to us for the same reasons to family members, kind to friends, kind to strangers, but most importantly and most overlooked; kind to yourself.”
Since the last time Atlantic Current spoke to Soul Rebel, the
business has undergone a huge transformation involving a menu expansion and interior remodel. Formerly Rock Steady, now
Soul Rebel, this Jupiter staple has redefined what it means to
be a “juice bar.” In terms of what Soul Rebel offers, the label is
Soul Rebel’s energy. Drew emphasized the importance of food as
its. “Energy is contagious, and our goal is to have you vibrating Drew.
What Soul Rebel offers truly is unique. In Drew’s words, “Where
else in Palm Beach County or South Florida can you find a salad, grain bowl, toast, wrap, side dish, and/or dessert and more,
from a menu curated by a Michelin Star chef, in a quick-service setting?”
Chris Morgan, the aforementioned Michelin Star chef, cultivated
Drew said, “Sure, we sell juices and all ingredients found in one,
pone and whipped ricotta are featured in Mind Bender (a toast
but really it’s a vehicle to impact people’s lives in a positive manner on a regular basis.”
a menu of top-notch offerings. Refined ingredients like mascar-
with whipped ricotta, mascarpone, honey, black pepper, seasonal berried, granola and basil), and an omega-3 fix is also an option
with Fish Outta Water (a salad with spicy dill buttermilk dress-
opportunity to help tell the story of Soul Rebel and our beliefs.
radish and cucumber).
while listening that has stuck with me throughout the years,” said
ing, lox, red cabbage, spinach, romaine, red onion, watermelon
Even if you’re looking to add to your playlists, look no further
It is the message within the song and/or a feeling/experience Drew.
than the menu. You’ll find legends like The Beatles in Strawberry
A strong personal mission has also stuck with Drew throughout
arugula, kale, strawberries, goat cheese, chickpeas, pickled red
as Rock Steady; listening to the customers, learning from our
bowl with granola, labneh, almond butter, blueberries, strawber-
void within the community.” South Florida can certainly find
Fields Forever (a salad with strawberry tahini dressing, spinach,
onion and cilantro), and The Grateful Dead as Ripple (a breakfast ries, honey, cinnamon and medjool dates).
“The menu items with musical influence were opportunities to
not only shine light on these incredible artists, but also a creative 38
the years. “Soul Rebel is a byproduct of seven years in business
mistakes, pivoting to the conditions of the market and filling a comfort in that.
201 N. US-1, Suite C5B, Jupiter @besoulrebel
PHOTO: FAU ATHLETICS
Here’s Everything You Need to Know About FAU Football This Season BY AARON GRAY
In Case You Didn’t Catch It...
Two important eras will come to an end for the Florida Atlantic
University football team when the Owls take the field this season. FAU’s home opener last Saturday, Aug. 27 against Charlotte
marked the beginning of its final year competing within Conference USA as the entire athletics program will be moving to the American Athletic Conference in July 2023.
Starting quarterback Perry will also be enjoying his swan song as he is set to end a six-year collegiate playing career that started at the University of Miami and will eventually close in Boca Raton.
The Owls would like to finish off both eras in style while celebrating a bowl game appearance later this fall. And they already got off to a fast start.
Perry threw for 256 yards, tossed one touchdown, and rushed
for another in FAU’s 43-13 win over Charlotte. Larry McCammon rushed for a team-high 118 yards as five different players scored touchdowns for the Owls. Among them was Justin McKithen, who returned an interception 63 yards for a score.
The season-opening win was validation for an FAU squad that
came together as a team during a strenuous training camp in the summer heat.
“I’m just excited by the growth and watching these guys develop,” said Owls coach Willie Taggart, who is in his third year at the helm after previous stints at Florida State and Oregon.
“We’ve played a lot of guys when they were young and because
of that COVID year, they’re still young. So these young guys got
some good experience then and we think that’s going to pay dividends for us now. I’ve already seen that during this camp.”
One player Taggart doesn’t have to worry about as far as expe- 41
SPORTS rience goes is Perry, who led the offense to a 5-7 campaign last season and will get the ball again in 2022.
“[Perry] is a lot better than last year, and I thought he wasn’t bad last year,” Taggart said last week from the team’s on-campus practice field.
Taggart recruited Perry to join the program as a transfer last
summer after he spent the previous four years with the Hurricanes.
“I think Perry now having some more weapons and having a
whole year here, you will see the comfortability, and you will see how he is handling every rep. He has put in the work, too,” said Taggart, who praised Perry, a former Ocala Vanguard standout,
for his commitment in the months leading up to training camp. “That young man was in the office all offseason, not by himself but with a receiver.”
The Owls’ leading wideout from last year, LaJohntay Wester,
PHOTO: RALPH NOTARO
along with the explosive Je’Quan Burton will be among Perry’s
top targets in 2022. The signal-caller should also benefit from a stacked offensive line that returns four starters, not including
Brendan Bordner, who transferred to FAU from Rutgers and will protect Perry’s weak side.
“This is my last season of college, but to me, this is my most im-
portant year because prior, it was my first year of where I started from the first game to the very last,” said Perry, who threw for
close to 2,800 yards with 20 touchdowns during his first season under center for the Owls.
“Now I just want to show that I am capable of doing that again, but at a higher and more successful rate. We’re going to win games this year. That’s all we’re focusing on.”
On the other side of the ball, the FAU defense will feature a
heady linebacking corps led by veteran Eddie Williams and sophomore Chris Jones. Big-time transfers Morven Joseph (Tenessee) and Jamie Pettway (Missouri) will also bring a spark.
A much-improved defensive line will rely on Jaylen Joyner, who had four sacks last season, to wreak havoc coming off the edge. 42
Teja Young will anchor a secondary that has some holes to fill as
cornerback Zyon Gilbert is now a rookie for the New York Giants. Look for junior Romain ‘Smoke’ Mungin to also make noise. “I’m hearing at training camp that Smoke is a lot more vocal
than he’s been before,” Taggart said. “It’s all maturity. A lot of
these guys are older now and a lot of them are in Year 3, so those things are supposed to happen.”
Taggart is also in his third year with the program. The high wa-
termark for success was set before he arrived in Boca Raton after his predecessor, Lane Kiffin, led the Owls to two Conference USA
championships in 2017 and 2019.
“I think this year fans will get to see a more aggressive defense along with an offense that will be exciting and will play more consistently,” he said. “We’re going to score some points.” @faufootball
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