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Florida Atlantic Owls 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook

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Florida Atlantic Owls 2016 Preview

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An experienced Florida Atlantic Owls squad hopes to turn close defeats in to wins and go Bowling in 2016.

Overview: Charlie Partridge looks to turn the corner with the Owls after going 6-18 in his first two seasons at the helm. FAU was 3-9 a year ago including 1-4  in one possession games so a little good fortune and more experience could have the team heading to the postseason.

Florida Atlantic Owls 2016 College Football Preview, Schedule, Prediction, Depth Chart, Outlook

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Offense: Former Samford offensive coordinator Travis Trickett has one speed…fast but before the Owls play one snap he must decide if Jason Driskel or Daniel Parr will be under center on opening day. Florida Atlantic loses top receiver Jenson Stoshak (57-825) but the next four are back with nearly 1,100 receiving yards so more explosiveness and efficiency is a must and Wake transfer Tyler Cameron and Nate Terry might provide it. FAU were a ‘four yards and a cloud of dust’ rushing team with Greg Howell and Jay Warren averaging less then five yards per carry. Florida Atlantic returns four starters on the offensive line including All CUSA LT Reggie Bain.

Defense: The Owls defensive line was bigger in 2015 and opponents ran on them so this season the unit is smaller and must find a way to at least control the run. DE Trey Hendrickson is the Owls best with 14.5 TFL and a whopping 13 sacks while end Hunter Snyder recorded five sacks with Steven Leggett and Ray Ellis giving the unit some size at tackle. Florida Atlantic will lean on linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair  who made 72 stops and recorded seven TFL in a strong freshman campaign. A very young secondary was a top 50 unit a year ago so another year of experience should help even more especially if Florida Atlantic has a decent pass rush.

Special Teams: The Owls Dalton Schomp averaged a monster 48 yards per punt in 2015 and placekicker Greg Joseph was 11-13 on sub 40 yard field goals although just 5-11 at 40+ yards but the return game needs some options.

Outlook: Florida Atlantic is still young but also more experienced which bodes well for their hopes for postseason invitation and an obvious boost in the win column.

Schedule:

9/3                 Southern Illinois

9/10               @ Miami (FL)

9/17               @ Kansas State

9/24               Ball State

10/1               @ Florida International

10/8               Charlotte

10/15             @ Marshall

10/29             Western Kentucky

11/5               @ Rice

11/12             UTEP

11/19             Old Dominion

11/26             @ Middle Tennessee State

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