The Owls have struggled losing five out of the last six games. FAU opened the year beating UAB 32-31 and that was pretty much the highlight of their season. The Owls lost a thrilling contest to Arkansas State last week 37-17 on the road. The Owls and ASU were tied late in the game, but turnovers killed FAU. The Owls have played three out of conference games, the latest - earlier this month - losing to USF in a route in Tampa. The Owls also traveled to Detroit to face Michigan State - on a neutral (Ford Field) - for a rare out of state home game. The Owls are 0-3 in the SBC losing to ASU, Monroe and North Texas.
Quarterback Jeff Van Camp (left, AP Photo/Dave Weaver) threw for over 250 yards and three touchdowns against UAB. Interceptions have been a problem for the redshirt senior. Van Camp has thrown six interceptions up from only two in 2009. Last week against ASU, the Owls had a chance to take a late lead in the fourth quarter, but Van Camp threw an interception returned for a touchdown. The play sealed the victory for ASU.
Running back Alfred Morris (right, AP Photo/Steve Nesius) has been the Owls leading rusher with 455 yards and five touchdowns. Morris had a season-high 153 yards and two touchdowns against ULM. USF limited Morris to a season-low 22 yards. Last season, Morris rushed for a 152 yards and two touchdowns against FIU (no doubt a concern for coach Mario Cristobal and the Panthers.)
Miami native Lester Jean, has been Van Camp's favorite target, catching 34 passes for 512 yards and three touchdowns. Jean had a monster nine catches for 164 yards against UAB. Against Michigan State and ASU, Jean had 99 yards, but no scores. Jean is a tall receiver (6 foot 3) can that can get open down field. Jean has TD catches of 77 and 80 yards.
Defensively, the Owls have given up an average of 28.3 points per game and are tied for 24th place in the country (with FIU) for tackles for loss. Free safety Marcus Bartels leads the team with 60 tackles.
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