Meadows Talks New Role
Interim head coach Brian Wright announced on Monday that offensive line coach Luke Meadows received a promotion to offensive coordinator. While Wright will continue to call the plays, Meadows will now handle the administrative duties of the offense.
Wednesday morning, Meadows addresses the media for the first time as a coordinator and explained that nothing noticeable will change with the offense.
"I'm just making sure that (Wright) can focus on being a head coach, instead of having to worry about some of the tedious things," Meadows said.
"Coach Wright still has so much input with what we're doing with the game plan – that we're not changing anything. A lot of what we do is kind of what we compiled and built together."
Meadows (pictured) arrived at FAU after spending six seasons as the offensive coordinator at South Dakota State. In 2008 his offense ranked 9th at the FCS level, and averaged an impressive 35.58 points per game.
Meadows has been the Owl's offensive line the past two years, and helped the unit overcome a few key injuries this season including the loss of starting guard Mike Marsaille.
With his new role as the offensive coordinator, Meadows won't move from the field to the press box during games, instead he will continue to patrol the sidelines and communicate with his linemen.
"It's tough being an o-line coach and a coordinator… You catch yourself watching the o-line and not thinking about the next play," Meadows said. "But, we're doing it the way we doing it now, because Coach Wright is the play caller, and it's just my job to get him set up."
FAU faces Southern Miss this week, and the Golden Eagles statistically have one of the worst defenses in Conference-USA. Meadows believes that the poor numbers don't tell the full story, as he expects the Owls to have their hands full against Southern Miss.
"They're giving up some yards in the run game, but if you look at efficiency they're doing a great job," Meadows said. "The thing that they're struggling with is giving up the big play."
FAU has run 33 plays this season that have gone for 20 yards or more, but had three plays go for 30 yards plus against Tulane.
The Owls travel to Southern Miss on Saturday.