Football: Game One, FAU Preview

The Miami Hurricanes will open the 2013 season on Friday night against FAU.

Nov 16, 2012; Boca Raton, FL, USA; Florida Atlantic Owls head coach Carl Pelini reacts during the second half against the Florida International Golden Panthers at FAU Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

2012 record: 3-9

Head coach: Carl Pelini

The FAU Owls are coming off of a dismal 2012 season (3-9, 2-6 C-USA) and will enter their second season under head coach Carl Pelini.  The Owls ranked 60th in the nation in 2012 in passing yards (237.6), 110th in rushing yards (112.3), 110th in points for (20.5) and 86th in points against (30.8).

The Owls were led by senior QB Graham Wilbert who threw for 2,1814 yards, adding 18 touchdowns and six interceptions in 2012.  Wilbert’s best game of the season, statistic-wise, came against FIU where he threw for 403 yards and two touchdowns.

Wilbert’s primary target in 2012 was junior WR William Dukes.  Dukes finished the season with 979 receiving yards and four touchdowns.

The Owls’ ground game was led by senior RB Jonathan Wallace.  The senior managed two 100+ rushing games in 2012, the first against South Alabama on 10/20 (101 yards) and the second came against Navy on 11/3 (111 yards).  Wallace ended the 2012 season with 668 rushing yards and six touchdowns.

With the departure of senior QB Graham Wilbert, his replacement at the quarterback position continues to remain a question mark.  The Sun Sentinel is reporting that the Owls will experiment with running multiple quarterbacks, and may put three on the field at the same time.

“We were able to start looking at the quarterbacks in some creative ways in some different packages, looking to get two of three of them on the field at the same time,” Pelini told the Sentinel.  “We have some guys who’ve got some skills.  Really all four of them have skills with the ball in their hand.  We’re finding ways to put the ball in their hand.”

The FAU defense struggled in 2012, particularly against the run, giving up 201.7 yards against the run.  Against the pass, the FAU defense gave up 204.0 yards per game.  They ranked No. 72 overall.

When: Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, 8:00 pm

Where: Sun Life Stadium, Miami, FL

Television: ESPNU

Favorite: Miami (-31), per OddsShark

Topics: FAU Owls, Football, Miami Hurricanes

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