Preview 2018: Florida Atlantic Owls. Lane Kiffin's Team Is Even Better

Preview 2018: Florida Atlantic Owls. Lane Kiffin's Team Is Even Better

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Preview 2018: Florida Atlantic Owls. Lane Kiffin's Team Is Even Better


Best Florida Atlantic Offensive Player

RB Devin Singletary, Jr.
“Motor” turned in a terrific 1,016-yard, 12 touchdown freshman season, with 26 catches added on. That was nice … and then he went off. All he did was blow up for 1,920 yards and a whopping 32 scores – with 19 catches and a touchdown – as the Conference USA Player of the Year.

Very quick, tough for his 5-9, 200-pound size, and a guarantee around the goal line, he started out slowly in losses to Navy and Wisconsin – running 23 times for 94 yards and a score – and then came the avalanche of 12 straight 100-yard performances and an amazing run of ten games in the final 11 with two or more touchdown runs.

2. OT Reggie Bain, Sr.
3. QB De’Andre Johnson, Jr.
4. WR Willie Wright, Soph.
5. TE Harrison Bryant, Jr.

Best Florida Atlantic Defensive Player

LB Azeez Al-Shaair, Sr.
No complaints whatsoever if you want to put Jalen Young here. The veteran safety was dominant, coming up with 77 tackles with seven interceptions in his all-star season. But Al-Shaair is the star of the defense.

The 6-2, 228-pound tackling machine isn’t all that big, but he’s lightning quick around the ball and can get into the backfield, making 2.5 sacks with 10.5 tackles for loss. In his 147 tackle season, he registered double-digit stops ten times. Ultra-consistent, he’s come up with ten or more stops in 15 of his last 19 games.

2. S Jalen Young, Sr.
3. CB Shelton Lewis, Sr.
4. LB Rashad Smith, Jr.
5. DE Hunter Snyder, Sr.

Key Player To A Successful Season

QB De’Andre Johnson, Jr. 
Expected to be deep in the hunt for the Florida State starting quarterback job in the post-Jameis Winston era, he was kicked off the team after a video showed him punching a woman. He went the JUCO route before landing at Florida Atlantic. Now, after a blood clot scare kept him out for most of 2017, he’s ready to live up to his talent and potential.

Jason Driskel was good enough. The former quarterback hit 67% of his passes with 15 scores and four interceptions, but he chose to retire from football rather than play his senior season. And now it’s Johnson’s turn.

The 6-2, 205-pounder doesn’t have to carry the offense, but he needs to be at least as good as Driskel was, while adding a bit more pop to the downfield passing attack.

Key Game To The Florida Atlantic Season

at Middle Tennessee, Sept. 29 
Of course the opener against Oklahoma will be a blast for national attention, and beating UCF in Orlando a few weeks later would be special.

But if FAU wants to be the king of Conference USA again, it’ll have to win at Marshall on October 20th, can’t slip in tough battles against FIU on the road and against WKU, and it has to open up the C-USA schedule strong with a win against a dangerous Middle Tennessee on the road. Lose, and the Owls might not even with the East.

2017 Florida Atlantic Fun Stats

– 1st Quarter Scoring: FAU 156 – Opponents 58
– Red Zone Scoring: FAU 61-of-65 (94%) – Opponents 37-of-48 (77%)
– Rushing Yards: FAU 3,994 – Opponents 2,224

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