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Defense set on stopping the run; wary of tight end play

One of the biggest differences for Florida Atlantic football this season has been the improved play of the defense which has often kept the Owls close in games. Giving up just 367.4 total yards per game, the Owls rank first in the Sun Belt Conference in passing and scoring defense and second in total defense. This Saturday that defense will get another test with when Louisiana-Lafayette (2-7, 2-3) travels to Lockhart Stadium for a 7:00 p.m. kickoff.

While many have pointed to the secondary as the reason for the defense’s success, the one unit that has been challenged all year long has been the linebackers. Things didn’t start off as planned for the group at the beginning of the season, but as each game goes by progress is being made.

“We’re realizing that were good and confident,” senior outside linebacker Malik Eugene said.

Confidence is just what the linebackers will need this week, as Louisiana features an offense that thrives on creating miss matches and attacking the linebackers. In last week’s loss to Ole Miss, the Rajin’ Cajuns managed to score 21 points against a good SEC defense and find offensive production.

Running back Aaron Spikes, a true freshman out of the Dallas, Texas area, has proven be the spark plug for the offense this season not only as a runner but as a pass catcher out of the backfield and leads the team with seven total touchdowns.

“He’s probably a little better than Western Kentucky’s running back (Bobby Rainey), I don’t know, we got to watch out for him,” linebacker Randell Johnson said.

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