What You Need To Know About The Florida Atlantic Offense
– Lane Kiffin is known for being a strong offensive mind, which was only part of the reason why it raised so many eyebrows when he hired on Charlie Weis Jr. as the new offensive coordinator. Will the 24-year-old give the team a decided schematic advantage?
This is Kiffin’s program, but it’ll be Weis’s offense, and the pressure is on to not screw up an attack that cranked out close to 500 yards and 41 points per game.
– The offensive line is the one concern. The interior has to be replaced, including all-stars Roman Fernandez at left guard and Antonyo Woods at center. Fortunately, Reggie Bain might just be Conference USA’s best left tackle, and Brandon Walton returns on the other side.
– The skill players are alarmingly amazing. Start with Conference USA Player of the Year, Devin Singletary, coming off a 1,920-yard, 32 touchdown season. Harrison Bryant is a terrific all-star tight end, Willie Wright is a lightning quick No. 1 wide receiver, and despite losing solid starter Jason Driskel, the quarterback situation might just be better.
Former Florida State Seminole De’Andre Johnson is past a blood clot scare that kept him out most of last season, and now looks ready to be a steady starter who can handle the high-powered attack. Oklahoma transfer Chris Robison is about to be a factor in the race, too, for a passing attack that was often along for the ride, but will likely do more under Weis Jr.
Biggest Key To The Florida Atlantic Offense
Learn to take the air out of the ball and grind out drives. But only after getting up early again.
The FAU offense was so amazing at getting up early – outdoing teams 307 to 141 in the first half – that it could coast in most games. But with the outstanding talent in the backfield, and the potential upgrade in the passing attack, the O needs to be better on third downs. It would be a plus to be able milk the clock a bit.
That might go against the style of the Owl attack, but it would be nice to keep control for more than the 27:27 is had the ball last season.