Jay Warren remembers when the late Ian Lockwood, a teammate of his at Navarre High School, told him he was either going to one day play for Florida or against the Gators.
Warren, a soon-to-be senior running back at Florida Atlantic, didn’t put much stock into those words at the time.
“He always told me I was going to play for them or against them. But he was like a brother to me so I didn’t think too much of it,” Warren said. “It finally came true. It hit me when I walked into the Swamp last year.”
Warren and the Owls played the Gators last November and nearly stunned the eighth-ranked team in the nation before falling 20-14 in overtime.
The former star running back for the Raiders rushed for 31 yards in the game and while the day didn’t end the way he had hoped, it was an experience he will always cherish. Much the way he relished the opportunity to play against Miami last season or Nebraska two years ago.
“You live to play those big games,” Warren said. “It’s a good feeling to go up against those big schools.”
Challenges are something Warren has never backed down from. He came to Florida Atlantic as one of the top high-school players in the state, rushing for more than 1,800 yards (1,831) during his senior year with the Raiders. He went over 200 yards five times that season and scored 19 touchdowns.
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