Returning Starters – Offense: 6 Defense: 6
Preview: The Owls closed out last season on a 5 game losing streak in conference play to finish the season 3-9 overall and 2-6 in CUSA. In his first season as the head coach Charlie Patridge implemented his system and he’s hopeful after a year of seasoning his group of guys will be ready to take a step forward in 2015.
FAU was inconsistent on the offensive side of the ball last season and this unit struggled to find an identity. QB Jaquez Johnson ended up winning the starting job and he’ll be back for his senior season in 2015. The Owls will likely look to run more in 2015 with this being the spot where they have more experience. The RB position returns Warren and Howell who were both aqequate running behind a poor O-line. The O-line should take a step forward this season after being coached up last season. The receiver position loses Whitehead and Duke which hurts and the unit will look for guys like Stoshak and Bussey to take on larger roles.
The defense losses three of their top contributors from 2015, but with the return of injured D-lineman Brandin Bryant there’s hope that the front of the defense can be much improved. Bryant will join Coley to clog things up while Hendrickson will look to improve coming from the end. LB losses Kirk who was one of the top guys on the team and the Owls are hoping to get more out of Relf at this position. FAU has recruited well in the secondary and with spots opened the Owls are hoping their young guys can prove themselves early. Corner is set with guys like LeBlanc and Williams coming back.
Prediction: If FAU made a bowl game it would certainly be a surprise, especially considering their tough nonconference slate. Look for the team to improve in their second season under head coach Patridge, but the results might not show up drastically in the win column.
Projected Record: 4-8 (3-5)