2010 Season Superlatives Part II
The Biggest Win, Toughest Loss, & MVP's highlight part two of our look back at the 2010 season...
People always state that no matter how bad of a year a team is having, a win over a rival takes away some of the pain. That was just the case this season for the Owls when they took on the FIU Golden Panthers, as the program was looking for their fifth victory in a row over there instate rivals. They got just that, compiling their best overall performance of the season, winning 21-9 and holding FIU to a season low nine-points. It was the first time since 2006 that an FAU defense hadn’t allowed a touchdown and the offense’s 356-yards was the third highest total of the season. Even in a year where the Golden Panthers had success (Co-Sun Belt Champs) the Owls showed who owns the Shula Bowl.
Others considered: The one-point win over UAB in the Sun Belt’s only victory over a C-USA opponent…
When a squad loses eight games, there is a lot of pickings to choose from for the worst loss, but two defeats proved to sting the most when it was all said and done. FAU entered the final weeks of the season with four wins and had a chance of making a bowl game if they were able to knock off conference opponents Middle Tennessee State and Troy. However, the Owls dropped both contests by a combined score of 82-21 and ended the year on a three game losing streak. In the two blowouts the opposing offenses combined for a total of 928 yards, while FAU’s rushing attack managed just a slim 124 yards on the ground. The loss to Troy was the program’s worst home performance since the school’s inaugural game in 2001 and capped of a season of frustration.
Others considered: The 20-17 loss to ULM, and the 31-3 pummeling by USF…
Although his first and final year as the starting quarterback didn’t end how he wanted, senior Jeff Van Camp played his heart out all season long and made the best out of what he could. Faced with many troubles along the offensive line, Van Camp still managed to throw for 2,451 and 17 touchdowns while running for his life. Most of his 13 interceptions can be credited to his mistakes or those of others, but the fact is without the passer the offense would have been in much worse shape than it was.
Others considered: Jean (998 yards, 8 TDs), Housler (626 yards, 4 TDs)
It was a suppressing year for the defense, which makes this a difficult honor to give away because so many different players had a key role. One player though who really stepped up in his final showing with the team was Lockley. The senior finished second in the conference with 110 tackles and also recorded 6.5 tackles for loss with two sacks and a pair of forced fumbles. Outside of his performance on defense he also blocked four kicks, one of which saved a win. His experience, productivity and leadership will be missed.
Others considered: Safety Marcus Bartels (102 tackles, 2 INT), Corner Tarvoris Hill (63 tackles, 2 INT, 1 FF)
Unsung Heroes and Freshman & Coach of the Year...
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