Owl's D-Line Taking Shape
FAU defensive coordinator Pete Rekstis offered some insight Wednesday night, stating that he might not even need to call blitzes this season.
Rekstis claimed that the team's defensive line has made strides in fall camp, and certain players have become reliable options.
"I'm not so sure we're going to need to rely on blitzing so much," Rekstis said. "I would expect people like Martin Wright, Cory Henry and Brandin Bryant to win a lot of those one-on-one battles, more so then they did last year."
Last season FAU struggled to find a pass rush and finished 118th in the country with just 12 sacks. Rekstis (pictured above) believes that the Owl's are in better position than the were a year ago, and the line has found a fertile rotation.
Trevon Coley, Shalom Ogbonda and Brandin Bryant figure to anchor the inside of the line, while Cory Henry, Martin Wright, and freshman Trey Hendrickson will work the outside.
Henry, a senior and three-year starter, appears to have finally turned the corner and taken a role as a team leader.
"Cory has reenergized himself, it looks like he understands he's a senior and there are some times on film he looks like a Division 1 defensive end to be reckoned with," Rekstis said.
The Owl's defensive line is top heavy with experience, but what really matters come game time is the unit's ability to get to the quarterback. Having several different bodies that can rotate with the starting defense, is something that Rekstis feels is key to a sound defense.
"A fresh two is better than a gassed one," Rekstis said. "It goes two-deep easily with Robinson Eugene and Andrew Stryffeler. There are some good players in there, and we feel like we have got decent depth inside."
FAU should open the season with a defensive line rotation that features eight or more players, which is something that was unheard of last season.
"It's just nice to be able see were our identity is up front and if we can continue to play with the passion and effort that those guy's have been giving us, we will be able to pressure quarterbacks with four up front," Rekstis said.