Cousart, a redshirt senior, caught two passes for Florida Atlantic last year; he recently graduated with a business degree
BOCA RATON — Florida Atlantic wide receiver and Dwyer High grad Dante Cousart was placed on scholarship Wednesday morning.
FAU head coach Lane Kiffin told Cousart, a redshirt senior, early in practice, before everyone else. Kiffin said Cousart wasn’t having a strong fall camp and walked away … before returning to let Cousart know he received a scholarship.
"Right away, I just got a big boost of energy," Cousart said. "But I made sure to try to focus on practice still and get the work done and get the job done."
Cousart is the second Owls player to be placed on scholarship in the past week. Kiffin gave starting right guard Nick Weber a scholarship Friday.
Cousart and Kiffin decided to inform the team in an elaborate skit at the end of practice. Kiffin criticized the wide receivers unit, and Cousart interjected in response.
Kiffin told Cousart to leave the end-of-practice huddle. Kiffin instructed his team to follow Cousart and let him know he was on scholarship.
Kids grow up to be like this role model @DCousart so deserved!!! #fakefight @SportsCenter pic.twitter.com/Q4N7yM9iuR— Lane Kiffin (@Lane_Kiffin) August 14, 2019
"You see how much somebody works so hard every day and he’s so consistent," linebacker Akileis Leroy said.
After playing at Dwyer, Cousart began his college career at Division II Assumption College (Mass.). He joined the Owls in 2016 and worked his way up the depth chart at slot receiver.
It’s a blessing. Thank you @Lane_Kiffin for believing in me https://t.co/OMiZFFIGeX— Dante J. Cousart (@DCousart) August 14, 2019
Cousart caught two passes for 11 yards last year. He also took over punt returning duties midway through the season before he broke his leg in an October loss to Marshall.
Cousart graduated from FAU last week with a business degree.
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