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2010 Look Ahead: Sun Belt Football


2010 Look Ahead: Sun Belt Football

With Spring football not to far away, March 31st, thought this snap-shot at who is returning for FAU and the rest of the Belt Teams was a good read…


Florida Atlantic
2009 Record: 5-7

Returning Starters: 6 offense / 1 o-line, 9 defense

Who They Lose

The Rusty Smith era ended prematurely thanks to a shoulder injury suffered in week nine. Though this tough break should pay dividends in 2010; the Owls head into the season having an experienced starter in Jeff Van Camp. But Van Camp will need to make some new friends in the passing game.

Wide receivers Cortez Gent, Chris Bonner and tight ends Jason Harmon and Jamari Grant all move on, and with them go a combined 16 touchdown receptions. And while some young receivers and tight ends will need to step up, FAU will again have the services of a talented running back.

Who Returns

Alfred Morris comes back and should anchor the offensive attack. Morris touched the ball 270 times from scrimmage in 2009, and he gained nearly 1,500 yards and scored 13 times. While the offensive line does suffer heavy losses, Morris still appears a pretty good bet as a RB3.

Look for Lester Jean and Avery Holley to lead the air attack. Jean (38-501-4 in 2009) brings nice big-play potential, and Holley will be expected to take the next step.

The Owls have provided nice tight end play in recent years, and with the departures of both Harmon and Grant there is an opportunity heading into next season.

Who Plays Tight End in 2010?

A couple of intriguing prospects on the roster include young Nexon Dorvilus and Darian Williams, though we’re going to have to monitor spring practice to determine who will indeed emerge.

2010 Fantasy Outlook: Decent

Alfred Morris is worth a mid-round selection, and Jeff Van Camp is worth monitoring. Lester Jean could emerge as a real touchdown machine should no tight end target truly emerge.

The Owls tackle Michigan State in Detroit and travel to Austin, but the Sun Belt slate will provide plenty of opportunities for offensive fireworks.

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2010 Look Ahead: Sun Belt

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