Wilson gives FAU stronger offensive line

-- Ted Hutton
-- The Orlando Sentinel Staff reports
Posted August 14 2005


BOCA RATON Stetson Wilson has the distinction of being the only player in Florida Atlantic's four-year history to play on the offensive and defensive line in the same game.

That was near the end of last season, when injuries had riddled the offensive line, leaving just two healthy backups.

So the versatile Wilson, who had started the season as a backup defensive lineman, started going from offense to defense during practices, and against Edward Waters he appeared on both sides of the line.

"They needed me, and I go where I am needed," said Wilson, who is a junior and now focused only on the offensive line.

Wilson (6 feet 6, 310 pounds) has added an inch of height and 20 pounds since playing as a backup on the offensive line as a freshman.

"He has the stuff to be a really good player," offensive line coach Dale Williams said Saturday. "We're working on his technique to make him more consistent."

Wilson is projected to be the starting right guard.

"We've improved a lot since the spring," Wilson said. "Everybody has always said the offensive line has been the weakest link at FAU. We are going to prove them wrong this year."

There already has been some shuffling on the line since projected starting left guard Brandon Jackson could miss up to a month after injuring his knee Wednesday. Redshirt freshman Zachary Wichner (6-4, 280) of Plantation has been moved from tackle to guard to replace Jackson on the first unit.

Senior fullback Aaron Sanchez pulled a right thigh muscle Saturday and is day to day. Sanchez started every game last season, rushing for 173 yards and three touchdowns. Linebacker Shomari Earls was held out of practice for the fourth consecutive day.