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2010 Florida Atlantic Preview - Offense
Florida Atlantic QB Jeff Van Camp
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Posted Aug 7, 2010


CollegeFootballNews.com 2010 Preview - Florida Atlantic Owls Offense



Florida Atlantic Owls

Preview 2010 - Offense

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What You Need To Know: The Owl offense was full of veterans and full of talent last year, and now it’ll have to undergo a major overhaul with just three starters returning, a painfully young offensive line, and tons and tons of youth. The backfield is set with QB Jeff Van Kamp a solid veteran to work around, while 1,392-yard back Alfred Morris is among the best players in the Sun Belt. The receiving corps desperately needs a No. 2 target to help out Lester Jean, and Rob Housler has to step up at tight end in place of Jason Harmon, but the big concern is a line that has almost no experience, little size, and will start four sophomores and a redshirt freshman. This might not be an explosive attack right away, but it’ll be dangerous by the middle of the year once everyone knows what they’re doing.

Returning Leaders
Passing: Jeff Van Camp
109-184, 1,372 yds, 12 TD, 2 INT
Rushing: Alfred Morris
263 carries, 1,392 yds, 11 TD
Receiving: Lester Jean
38 catches, 501 yds, 4 TD

Star of the offense: Sophomore RB Alfred Morris
Player who has to step up and be a star: Sophomore OT Samuel McRoy
Unsung star on the rise: Sophomore C Jordan Sessa
Best pro prospect: Morris
Top three all-star candidates: 1) Morris, 2) QB Jeff Van Camp, 3) WR Lester Jean
Strength of the offense: Running Back, Quarterback Height
Weakness of the offense: Line, No. 2 Wide Receiver

Quarterbacks

Projected Starter: Taking over for long time starter, Rusty Smith, is senior Jeff Van Camp , a decent veteran who should be ready to step in and produce right away. He’s smart, athletic, and is a better runner than Smith was. At 6-5 and 210 pounds he has good size and a live arm, and he stepped in over the second half of last year when Smith was hurt and finished the year completing 59 % of his passes for 1,372 yards and 12 touchdowns with two interceptions. The offense moved every big as well when he was in as he threw for three touchdown passes in three of the final five games and didn’t throw a pick in his final four games.

Projected Top Reserves: At 6-7 and 201 pounds, sophomore David Kooi is a huge, thin passer who’s used to running a pro style offense and will be groomed to be next year’s starter. Athletic with good mobility, he looks the part with a live, accurate arm and he can also run a little bit if needed. He saw mop-up time last year completing 3-of-6 passes for 69 yards.

Sophomore Graham Wilbert is a bomber who needs to show something in a hurry to stay in the hunt for then No. 1 job next year. At 6-6 and 225 pounds he has great size and a huge arm, but he’s not the most mobile of options and isn’t going to be a runner.

Sooner than later, top recruit Steven Curtis could be the team’s best option. The 6-3, 225-pound threw for 6,765 career yards and 76 touchdowns, and he ran for 1,071 yards and 29 scores. He’s one of the best dual-threat quarterbacks the team has ever had, and he’s ready to step in and produce now if needed.

Watch Out For … the battle for No. 2. Kooi has the inside track after seeing a little bit of time last year, but Wilbert has excellent upside and Curtis could be the team’s best quarterback right now. It’ll be a dogfight.
Strength: Size. Is there a taller quartet of passers in America? Curtis is 6-3 and he’s the shrimp. Van Camp is 6-5, Kooi is 6-7, and Wilbert is 6-6. Seeing over the line won’t be an issue.
Weakness: Backup experience. Van Camp is fine as the starter, but Kooi is the only backup to throw a pass in anger. There’s as much young quarterback talent as the program has ever enjoyed, but it needs seasoning.
Outlook: The passing game was efficient and effective, but it had to undergo some changes last year with Rusty Smith missing half the season. On the plus side, Van Camp came in, got some quality starts, and proved he could play. This year is about getting the most out of Van Camp while trying to find the best option for the future, any and all of the top backup options could see time.
Unit Rating: 6

Running Backs

Projected Starters: From out of nowhere, sophomore Alfred Morris took over the FAU offense with his tough running style and workhorse ability. A godsend when Rusty Smith went down, Morris ended up leading the team with 1,392 yards and 11 touchdowns as he became the focal point of attack with 183 yards and two scores against Louisiana and with 100 yards or more in the final four games. A former high school linebacker, as well as a runner, he’s physical and has just enough wiggle to break off big runs now and then averaging 5.3 yards per carry.

A fullback and a part-time runner, Xavier Stinson does a little of everything for the running game. A short, squatty 5-9, 228 pounder, he gets good leverage and is used as a blocker. He got a start and became the team’s third leading rusher with 94 yards while catching nine passes for 82 yards. He can be a more regular runner if needed.

Projected Top Reserves: Junior Willie Floyd is the speed back, but he doesn’t bring a lot of power at 5-9 and 185 pounds. He didn’t get any work after trying to get back from a knee injury, and now he’ll be a big part of the rotation and could be used as a kick returner. He hasn’t carried much of the workload so far, but he will.

Senior Jeff Blanchard was supposed to be the lead runner going into last year but he ended up missing the entire season with a knee injury. Given a sixth year of eligibility, the former JUCO transfer and former Kansas Jayhawk will finally get a shot to show what he can do as long as he can stay healthy. The 5-9, 195-pounder suffered a broken ankle early in his career before the knee problem last year.

Watch Out For … More from Floyd. Morris was a workhorse last year and will move to a tailback role, which is what he really played for most of last season. Floyd will get more work to keep Morris fresh.
Strength: Effectiveness. FAU might have been 55th in the nation in rushing, but with a regular 100-yard rusher in Morris, there’s enough balance (even if it doesn’t show up stat-wise) to keep defenses on their toes.
Weakness: William Rose. Morris and Stinson bring power, but Rose was a do-it-all back who packed a punch through the middle and was a solid receiver catching 29 passes. Ultra-reliable, Rose leaves a void for the team’s No. 2 back.
Outlook: FAU’s offensive bread is buttered with the passing game, but the emergence of Morris last year made the ground game a priority at times. The Owls ran for 152.4 yards per game and should do even more this year even though there will be a steady rotation behind him.
Unit Rating: 6

Receivers

Projected Starters: Senior Lester Jean grew into the team’s No. 1 wide receiver as last season went on finishing second on the team with 38 catches for 501 yards and four touchdowns. The 6-3, 195-pound speedster is a field stretcher on the X, but he could stand to hit more home runs after averaging a solid 13.2 yards per catch. While he’s steady, he didn’t hit the 100-yard mark and managed five catches twice. The potential is there to do far more.

Senior Avery Holley did nothing over the first part of his career before turning into a strong complementary receiver making 22 catches for 224 yards and a score. At 6-0 and 165 pounds, he’s a wisp of a target who doesn’t hit anyone, but he has been around long enough to know what he’s doing and to be a dangerous inside target at the Z.

Senior Rob Housler will have the tough job of replacing tight end Jason Harmon, the team’s leading receiver of last year. The 6-5, 230-pound Houlser redshirted last year to save himself for this season, and now he should be ready to shine with good size, nice athleticism, and the potential to create major mismatches. He caught 32 passes for 519 yards and two scores two years ago.

Projected Top Reserves: Redshirt freshman DeAndre Richardson has terrific athleticism and 6-2, 180-pound size, but he’s not considered a big-time prospect and will need time to work at the inside Z position behind Avery Holley. Fast enough to move outside and stretch the field from time to time, he’s versatile.

With no experience and coming in completely out of the blue is Byron Hankerson, a smart, speedy sophomore who’ll work on the outside X spot in the rotation with Lester Jean. At 6-1 and 180 pounds, he has decent size to go along with his wheels.

Junior Darian Williams was going to be a part of the equation two years ago as a top recruit, but he suffered a knee injury and has yet to do anything for the Owls. At 6-3 and 210 pounds, he’s built like a big receiver and will be used as a midrange target in two tight end sets.

Watch Out For … Housler. He might not be as good as Jason Harmon was, who caught 48 passes for 649 yards and six touchdowns, but the tight end has nice hands and appears to be ready to make a big splash as a key target.
Strength: The system. FAU always gets production out of its receivers, and the hope has to be that all the youth and upside turns into big numbers right away. The passing game will find the receivers and make them shine by spreading it around.
Weakness: Experience. There’s Jean and a prayer right now. Holley, Richardson, and Hankerson have the look, but they have to prove they can play.
Outlook: With the loss of almost all the top targets, including Jason Harmon, Chris Bonner, and Cortez Gent, FAU needs to hope Jean can become a regular, top-shelf target and can unearth a few new stars. Housler will be a major factor, but the key to the passing game will be for a No. 2 wide receiver to show up.
Unit Rating: 4.5

Offensive Line

Projected Starters: Sophomore Sam McRoy has moved around from spot to spot over the course of his career, but he’ll get the starting nod now at left tackle where he has just enough athleticism and just enough experience to be steady. At 6-4 and 275 pounds, he’s not big, but he’s tough and can move.

At 6-5 and 270 pounds, Andy Czuprynski is a physical player who spent last year as a backup defensive lineman. The sophomore will get the look at left guard where he might be a bit small for the spot, but he fits the system and should be great on the move once he figures out what he’s doing.

Jordan Sessa got a little bit of work as a freshman, and now the job in the middle of the line is his. At 6-5 and 280 pounds he’s one of the team’s biggest blockers with the talent to grow into an all-star somewhere on the inside. He’s smart enough to have no problem making the line calls, and he’s big enough to dominate at times.

Redshirt freshman Erik Hansen is a tight end-like 6-5 and 240 pounds playing at guard, and he’ll be an interesting option at right guard and will be a part of a steady rotation. It’s not out of the norm for the Owls to use smallish linemen to take advantage of their athleticism, and Hansen can be moved around where needed.

6-5, 263-pound sophomore Joseph Bailey is a smart, quick tackle who should be great in pass protection. At 6-5 and 263 pounds he’s tall, has a nice frame, and has good lateral movement. Now he needs time at right tackle and he has to live through some early mistakes to make the job his.

Projected Top Reserves: Over the last year, redshirt freshman Mike Nweze bulked up going from 250 pounds to 283 and brings far more size than the 240-pound Eric Hansen at right guard. There’s a chance Hansen will move to tackle making Nweze more of a natural option on the inside.

6-5, 265-pound DeAndre Williams was being recruited by a few other Sun Belt teams and even got a look from Iowa State to be tried out in a variety of ways, but now he’ll work in a rotation with Samuel McRoy at left tackle with the upside to start from time to time if needed on the right side. He’s a good athlete with the room to add another ten pounds without a problem.

Watch Out For … McRoy. As the only returning starter, and one of the only linemen with any experience, he’ll be the one the entire offense works around early on. He has all-star potential, and he has to play like it right away.
Strength: Athleticism. By design, the FAU line is small and quick. It’s extremely light, but it’s very agile and should be great in pass protection and for the quick-hitting running plays.
Weakness: Experience. There isn’t any outside of McRoy. With four sophomores and a redshirt freshman starting, and only one senior and one junior in the two-deep, this is a very, very green group that will take some major lumps early.
Outlook: Uh-oh. The line was a major plus going into last year and now it’s starting from scratch. The upside is limitless and the potential is there to grow into something special over the next few years, but it’s asking a lot for a front five so young to jell right away. The pass protection will be fine and everyone can move.
Unit Rating: 4.5

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