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That sounds like a pretty impressive line, but what is even more impressive is the depth that they have behind that front 5. I think it will be a great first test for our D-Line…there is no doubt that our D-Line is undersized…especially against this enormous O-line of Clemson. However, our defense is built on speed and we're gonna have to come up with some clever blitz packages to put some pressure on Clemson. That is just one thing I don't think we did enough of last year. It seemed as if the quarterbacks had so much time to throw last year. We would be sending 3 or 4 guys and they would have 5 or 6 blocking..not a good combination. We need to use our speed and athleticsm to our advantage and put some pressure on the quarterback…let our experience in the secondary worry about the recievers and lets let our linebackers put some hurtin on some quarterbacks…I mean seriously…lemme hear what you all think about that? Do you think we should blitz more this year???
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Pepto Bismol made a fortune off my wallet the 1st few years of the Owls! We didn't utilize the blitz package as much as I would have liked to see it. You touched on a good point about our D-Line. We are almost always outweighed in the trenches. Our LB's drop back in coverage and the linemen are on their own vs their guys. The experience of the seniors should be enough to trust that they will do the job.

I would love to see more stunts and blitz packages. Remind me of the Bucs. They're undersized but they will come at you from anywhere, anytime and any spot on the field.
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Man, you have no argument from me. Hit em fast, often and with the pack. More that happens the better chance of opening something up and causing a little confusion. You are right O.G. let the experience in the secondary worry about the WR's. We give up too many yards up front. I'm with you I bet I ate a roll of Tums every game. :P
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fauballa31 said

That sounds like a pretty impressive line, but what is even more impressive is the depth that they have behind that front 5. I think it will be a great first test for our D-Line…there is no doubt that our D-Line is undersized…especially against this enormous O-line of Clemson. However, our defense is built on speed and we're gonna have to come up with some clever blitz packages to put some pressure on Clemson. That is just one thing I don't think we did enough of last year. It seemed as if the quarterbacks had so much time to throw last year. We would be sending 3 or 4 guys and they would have 5 or 6 blocking..not a good combination. We need to use our speed and athleticsm to our advantage and put some pressure on the quarterback…let our experience in the secondary worry about the recievers and lets let our linebackers put some hurtin on some quarterbacks…I mean seriously…lemme hear what you all think about that? Do you think we should blitz more this year???

I think OG had this in another post. Big O-linemen does not automaticaly mean good O-linemen. Buffalo University's line last year was all 300 pounders.

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illinoisowl said

Buffalo University's line last year was all 300 pounders.

Problem with that example is that NOONE wants to play at Buffalo University. The experience is the issue.
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illinoisowl said

fauballa31 said

That sounds like a pretty impressive line, but what is even more impressive is the depth that they have behind that front 5. I think it will be a great first test for our D-Line…there is no doubt that our D-Line is undersized…especially against this enormous O-line of Clemson. However, our defense is built on speed and we're gonna have to come up with some clever blitz packages to put some pressure on Clemson. That is just one thing I don't think we did enough of last year. It seemed as if the quarterbacks had so much time to throw last year. We would be sending 3 or 4 guys and they would have 5 or 6 blocking..not a good combination. We need to use our speed and athleticsm to our advantage and put some pressure on the quarterback…let our experience in the secondary worry about the recievers and lets let our linebackers put some hurtin on some quarterbacks…I mean seriously…lemme hear what you all think about that? Do you think we should blitz more this year???

I think OG had this in another post. Big O-linemen does not automatically mean good O-linemen. Buffalo University's line last year was all 300 pounders.

Very good memory illinoisowl. My example was for the people who were doubting the smallish size of FAU's O-linemen. That's when I threw Buffalo's bigger linemen in there don't necessarily mean good protection for the QB and wins.
Now the other side of that coin(Clemson) is when the opposition have the experience plus a big line….that equal a hard days work for any defense.
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Correct me if I'm wrong. FAU's line is not going to be smallish this year. We have 1 or 2 big very good freshman coming in (eligible) some red shirts and some experienced. We should be ok this year as far as that goes. Looking at the roster there are numerous OL around the 300 mark. And that is last seasons weights. I know Nello has been working out hard trying to put on more size and keeping his quickness.

There are about 12 OL between 270 - 329lbs. Nello being the lightest at 270, using last years weights. One of the 2006 recruits that wasn't eligible was a 300lb OL, Joe Dawson. One that did make it is Ryan Wischnefski, 300lbs. I have a feeling this kid is good. I think he'll be the "Larry Little" of the Owls in the next year or two. The other freshman that is eligible is Dennis Bowling at 313lbs.

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Correct. The FAU linemen are bigger this year. That's the transition that coach Schnelly talked about after the move to D1-A. The cycle of bigger linemen will take several years to complete.
I know that bigger sizes don't always translate into wins, but the extra mass makes it a little harder for the opposition's defensive players to get into the backfield
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I agree that we didn't do enough blitzing. We need to take more chances period, you will get burned now and then, but if we continue to play SAFE all the time you don't allow the true athletism to come out. I always felt we played better defense when we where very aggressive - let the players make plays.

Sometimes the players where just reacting to the plays , instead of being in the moment and making things happen - when you play aggressive and looking for the opportunities to do so help kept the oppossing offenses guessing as to what you will do and that is when mistakes are made. The players must trust in each other.

We are in a very unique situation, we are the underdogs with nothing to lose in our first four games and IMO should allow us to take more chances and be aggressive on defense and need to play like we have nothing to lose. We are expected to lose, whether it's a blow-out of by 3 pts and should use that to our advantage.
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