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Another Sun Belt Preview, FAU voted top receiving unit

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Another Sun Belt Preview, FAU voted top receiving unit

STRENGTHS: Rusty Smith already holds several school passing records and has thrown for over 7,000 yards and 56 touchdowns the past two seasons. His favorite target Cortez Gent is back and so is tight end Jamari Grant, who after racking up 45 interceptions may not even be the best tight end on the team when Jason Harmon returns from an injury that sidelined him in 2008.

CONCERNS: The top two tailbacks are gone and the Owls have four new starters on the offensive line. Despite these losses, the defense is what takes the big hit all the way across the board. The entire front seven gets rebuilt including all three linebackers. One of the best missing from that lineup will be Frantz Joseph; the leading tackler in school history while half of the secondary is history.

PROGNOSIS: The Owls actually have won consecutive bowl games. The league's No. 1 rated aerial attack won't change with quarterback Rusty Smith and every piece of his receiving arsenal returning in tact. But FAU is running the risk of being too one-dimensional with the retooling of the line and ball carriers. The defense is too short on experience to hold up its end of the bargain. Expect some high scoring affairs through the air.


2009 Sun Belt Conference Preview

"FAU is on a collision course with the national championship. The only variable is time."
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