FAU (0-1) is coming into Saturday's game against Georgia Southern (1-0) with a chip on their shoulder after giving up 400 rushing yards to Florida last week. The Eagles run a triple-option offense and are known for being a tenacious rushing team, averaging 267.2 rushing yards per game last season, which ranked fifth in the nation in 2020. To start the season, they have the third-most rushing yards as a team after week one, putting up 360 yards against Gardner-Webb.
"Georgia Southern is going to present a lot of the same problems we saw a week ago with defending the quarterback and defending the option plays," defensive coordinator Mike Stoops said. "It's going to let us know if we've improved in those areas."
When Florida Atlantic played Georgia Southern on Dec. 5, 2020, they allowed the Eagles to rush for 269 yards as a team, with 78 of those yards coming from starting quarterback Justin Tomlin.
The Eagles will have a new man under center, true freshman Cam Ransom, who threw for 90 yards and a touchdown on 8/13 passing.
Kickoff for Saturday's game is set for 3:30 p.m. at FAU Stadium. The game will be broadcast on Stadium.
- Back In Action Offensive lineman Andrew Boselli [photo] and outside linebacker Chase Lasater have returned to practice and will be with the team on Saturday as they take on Georgia Southern. According to Stoops, Lasater won't be a starter, but will be a part of the team's game plan and could play a crucial role this week.
- STAR in the Making After missing a few days of practice last week and only taking four snaps against Florida, outside linebacker Ahman Ross will get more snaps this week against the Eagles. He had three solo tackles, a tackle for a loss, and a forced fumble against Georgia Southern last season. Overall, he had 34 solo tackles, 58 total tackles, 5.5 tackles for a loss and a sack in 2020.
- Emphasis On Assignment Throughout practice this week, one message has been clear: the Owls will not be drastically changing their defense to stop the triple option. They will be focused on having a QB spy out there to account for the quarterback and have the rest of the defense in position to make tackles. Tackling and assignment will be two of the most important aspects of the game on Saturday for FAU's defense.
- New-look Eagles Last season, Georgia Southern ran the ball a lot more than they passed the ball, which was a byproduct of the type of quarterbacks they had on their roster. Now Cam Ransom adds more to the passing offense for GSU, which could call for more passing than the three completed passes that Justin Tomlin had in 2020's matchup with the Owls.
- New Kicker In Statesboro Freshman kicker Britton Williams made his collegiate debut last week, going 3/3 on field goals and 3/3 on extra points, including a 49 yarder. He was named Sun Belt Special Teams Player of the Week for his efforts.
- Eagles Take A Huge Blow Defensively Linebacker Todd Bradley-Glenn, who led the Eagles in tackles in last year's matchup against the Owls, is out for the season with a torn bicep. He had 24 total tackles over 13 games last season, with his best game coming against Florida Atlantic.
Today's video play is headlined by offensive coordinator Michael Johnson, wide receivers D'Marcus Adams and Brandon Robinson, defensive coordinator Mike Stoops, and linebackers Ahman Ross and Akileis Leroy.
OFFICIAL FAU vs Georgia Southern Two Deep
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Florida Postgame Presser - Willie Taggart
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