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No Rhythm



Two games into the season, FAU has produced just one touchdown. Tuesday after practice offensive coordinator Brian Wright admitted that there has been a lack of consistency moving the ball.

The Owl's travel to USF on Saturday and as Wright describes it, the offense is still searching for an identity.  

"We haven't been able to establish our offense in either game. We haven't got any rhythm. We had a little bit on a few of those drives against Miami, but certainly not enough," Wright said.

"We didn't get any rhythm really in the first three quarters against East Carolina, and then we're behind in the game just throwing the football – and that's not the offense really want to be."  

Wright is hoping that the Owl's can find a sense of balance moving forward and that starts with the quarterback position. While Greg Hankerson and Jaquez Johnson have rotated the past two games, it appears that one player could see extended action against USF.

Johnson, who started the first two games of the season, is in line to play the first half of Saturday's contest if he continues a strong week of practice.

"At this point we plan on there being (a rotation), but I don't think you will see it as early as you have seen it," Wright explained. "If a guy goes in and makes one or two mistakes, he's not getting pulled based on that. I would plan that you'll see a guy for half a football game then we assess him at halftime and see where we're at."

Along with a concerns at quarterback, Wright addressed the run game and the lack of it thus far. FAU's rushing offense ranks 10th in Conference-USA and not a single player has reached triple digits on the year.

Running back Jonathan Wallace has had limited success, and the offense has failed to move the ball in-between the tackles. Johnson (pictured) is second on the team with 27 carriers, while Hankerson ranks third with 11.

"We have got to be able to complete some passes to help our run game out," Wright said. "(The team) wants us to be able to run our offense and they understand that the rhythm of going three-and-out and turning the ball over doesn't help."

FAU is preparing to play without injured guard Mikingson Marsaille on Saturday, which means an already inexperienced unit could see more youth.

USF's defense is giving up an average of 37 points and 344.5 yards a game this season, which should allow for the Owl's to make improvements.

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