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When FAU travels to East Carolina in a few weeks, it will make the first Conference-USA contest for the program. With a slate of new opponents on the schedule, the Owls are embarking on a season full of questions.
While many would assume that a conference change would generate some concern, FAU has a different mentality.
"It doesn't put pressure on us, it puts pressure on the other teams because they don't really know about us," cornerback D'Joun Smith said.
Smith, a junior and regular in the secondary, feels that the Owl's have an advantage when it comes to facing C-USA schools.
"Other teams are like, 'ok we heard FAU is from the Sun Belt, we heard they got this, we heard they got that' – but we know what we have, so they have to play off reaction and buckle down," he said.
FAU has spent the first two weeks of fall camp installing new formations on both sides of the ball, and the result will be a product that not many have seen on the field or in the film room.
Smith (pictured above) has been rotating at corner on the boundary and has also seen a few snaps in the nickel. The Miami native is expected to start opposite of senior Keith Reaser when the season opens.
"I'm ready," Smith said. "Everybody keeps putting such an emphasis on the Miami or Auburn games, but I'm just happy because we are in a different conference. It's a whole new conference with more exposure."