Saturday’s Daily Briefing: Five questions as FAU starts practice today
Almost every day until Dec. 3 will be centered around FAU football practice. There are travel days, gamedays and even the occasional (but rare) off days for the team but mostly there is practice.
Heck, a few times there will even be three of them in one day.
At times they can be boring and tedious, but the daily workouts at the Oxley Center are where it will be determined if the Owls will be competing for the Sun Belt title this season.
So bring your bottled water and sunscreen and join us for Hard Knox at the Ox. It’s training camp time.
And here’s a few things we’ll be watching during the 2010 training camp.
Will the defensive line be more physical?
The Owls did not get very much pressure on quarterbacks last season and will need more from defensive ends Kevin Cyrille and Daniel Joseph and tackles Dino Cox and Jimmy Jean. Cyrille began to perform near the end of the season, but this line will take their cues from Cox, who needs to have a big year. A sub-plot will be the progress of Cory Henry, who I predict who will be rising up the depth chart by the season-opener.
How will the offensive line progress in training camp?
Of course, this is the biggest unknown as the Owls prepare for the 2010 opener, and the line took another hit before practice even started with the loss of likely starter Troy Niblack. The line is inexperienced, but the potential seems to be there with Max Karrick, Jordan Sessa and Andy Czuprynski, who moved over from defense in the spring. The Owls need time to get this unit playing together – and time is something there just isn’t a lot of.
Who will be the backup quarterback?
Is it Graham Wilbert and David Kooi or David Kooi and Graham Wilbert? Well, save the cute nicknames like Willi or Kilbert. There won't be two players sharing the role. The coaching staff wants one or the other to separate himself from the other with solid play in training camp. The winner may assume the role of taking game snaps in the second or third quarter and will have a huge advantage when it’s time to determine the starter next season.
What kind of impact will new receivers Jerrard Hunter and Paul Moore have?
Moore, a JUCO transfer, and Hunter, who signed with West Virginia but never enrolled there, could come in right away and make a name for themselves, depending on how fast they learn the offense. Their have been plenty of players (especially JUCOs) who were expected to come in and dominate, but these guys may be in the right place at the right time with a shallow receiving corps.
Will the defense get better?
I believe it will be a completely different attitude on defense with more aggressive play and a new emphasis on forcing turnovers. It will also be interesting to watch defensive tackles coach Richard Lage work with his players and new defensive backs coach Dick Hopkins continue to get the most out of the secondary.
Anything else we should be watching? Post it here and I’ll try to get an answer for you. And if you come out to practice this month, make sure you say hello to me or Chuck. We’ll be there for every practice and every day this season.
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