Previewing The Florida Atlantic Owls

The #11 Auburn Tigers face off against Florida Atlantic on Saturday night.

Coming into this weekend's game at 2-5, the Florida Atlantic Owls are averaging 22.3 points per game in the second year under coach Carl Pelini as they continue to shift the focus of the program with young players playing a big role on both sides of the ball. A junior college transfer, athletic Jaquez Johnson has been a playmaker at quarterback for the Owls since arriving on campus. Starting six games this season, the redshirt sophomore has thrown for 1,060 yards and six touchdowns with five interceptions while adding 346 yards and five scores on the ground.

He's joined in the backfield by talented runner Jonathan Wallace. Leading the team with 508 yards on 102 carries with three touchdowns, Wallace is fifth in school history with 1,181 yards. His 65.6 yards per game average for his career is second only to current Washington Redskins standout Alfred Morris.

At wide receiver Daniel McKinney has been very productive with 32 receptions for 338 yards and a touchdown. Lanky 6-4, 190 William Dukes has been the big play threat for the Owls, catching 25 passes for 337 yards and four touchdowns. A big threat in the redzone, tight end Nexon Dorvilus has just 12 catches for 103 yards, but three have gone for a touchdown.

Defensively the Owls rely on speed to get the job done with one of the smallest lines in major college football. Starters at defensive end, seniors Martin Wright (6-4, 250) and Cory Henry (6-3, 238) have both been mainstays for the Florida Atlantic defense the last three seasons with a combined 30 starts between them. In the middle is where it gets interesting. Sophomores Brandin Bryant (6-2, 260) and Trevon Coley (6-2, 225) will be dwarfed by the Auburn offensive line, but hope to use their speed to make plays in the backfield. For the year Bryant has 32 tackles, four sacks and six tackles for losses while Henry has added four sacks and five stops behind the line of scrimmage.

Senior linebacker Adarius Glanton leads the team with 49 tackles this season and has also added two and a half sacks along with six tackles for losses. In the secondary D'Joun Smith is one of the top cornerbacks Auburn will see this season. The 5-11, 175 junior has picked off four passes this season with 95 total return yards. He has also broken up a team-high nine passes

Opening the season with a 34-6 loss at undefeated Miami, Florida Atlantic made a solid showing with 18 first downs in the contest, but the Hurricanes rolled up 303 yards on the ground and 503 yards of total offense in the victory. One week later it was turnovers that doomed the Owls on the road at East Carolina as they held the Pirates to just 317 yards of total offense, but a pair of interceptions and a fumble contributed to a 31-13 loss.

In week three Florida Atlantic got a huge win on the road in Tampa as the Owls got a pair of defensive touchdowns to take down South Florida 28-10. Finally at home in week four, Carl Pelini's team took Middle Tennessee to the wire before falling 42-35 in overtime. Johnson completed 31-50 passes in the loss for 321 yards with five total touchdowns. Falling 18-14 to Rice in Houston to fall to 1-4, the Owls rebounded to defeat UAB 37-23 as Johnson threw for 299 of his team's 579 total yards. Two weeks ago Florida Atlantic fell to 2-5 with a 24-23 loss to Marshall.

Florida Atlantic Offense

LT #63 - DeAndre Williams, R-Sr, 6-5, 290 or
#65 - Vinny Davino, R-So, 6-5, 260

LG #56 – Isaac Edwards, R-Fr, 6-4, 280
#66 - Dillon DeBoer, R-Fr, 6-5, 245

C #58 - Mustafa Johnson, Sr, 6-3, 295 or
#55 – Karl James, R-Jr, 6-1, 285

RG #66 - Dillon DeBoer, R-Fr, 6-5, 245
#71 - Christopher Chappell, R-Sr, 6-9, 320

RT #75 - Branden Lyons, Jr, 6-5, 295
#71 - Chris Chappell, R-Sr, 6-9, 320

TE #80 - Darion Howard, R-Sr, 6-3, 260
#9 - Nexon Dorvilus, R-Sr, 6-4, 230 or
#84 - Alex Deleon, R-Jr, 6-4, 210

X #2 – DeAndre Richardson, R-Sr, 6-2, 180
#88 - Jenson Stoshak, So, 6-1, 176

W #8 - Daniel McKinney, Sr, 6-0, 205 or
#1 - Lucky Whitehead, Jr, 5-10, 163

Z #19 - William Dukes, Jr, 6-4, 190
#7 - Melvin German, Sr, 6-2, 210

RB #27 - Jonathan Wallace, Sr, 6-1, 210
#25 - Jay Warren, Fr, 6-0, 195

QB #12 - Jaquez Johnson, So, 6-1, 225 or
#6 - Greg Hankerson, Fr, 6-0, 172

Florida Atlantic Defense

LE #5 - Martin Wright, R-Sr, 6-4, 250
#59 – Robinson Eugene, R-So, 6-5, 263

LT #11 - Trevon Coley, So, 6-2, 225
#96 - Lance Burlingame, Fr, 6-4, 280

RT #2 - Brandin Bryant, R-So, 6-2, 260
#92 Joe Henry, Jr, 6-3, 230

RE #31 - Cory Henry, Sr, 6-3, 238
#94 – Andrew Stryffeler, R-Sr, 6-5, 260

LB #15 - Randell Johnson, R-Sr, 6-4, 230
#37 - David Lozandier, Jr, 6-0, 225

LB #45 - Andrae Kirk, Jr, 6-2, 225
#43 - Robert Relf, Fr, 6-3, 220

LB #4 - Adarius Glanton, Sr, 6-1, 215
#34 – Freedom Whitfield, So, 6-2, 200

CB #6 - Reggie Brown, Fr, 5-11, 170
#29 – Sharrod Neasman, So, 6-0, 190

SS #17 - Damian Parms, Jr, 6-2, 195
#8 - Marc Mauro, Jr, 6-1, 195

FS #18 - Christian Milstead, R-Sr, 5-10, 170
#24 - Lester Thomas, Fr, 5-10, 165

CB #21 - D'Joun Smith, Jr, 5-11, 175
#18 - Christian Milstead, R-Sr, 5-10, 170

NICKEL #7 - Cre'von LeBlanc, So, 5-11, 175
#24 - Lester Thomas, Fr, 5-10, 165


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