Low-key coach has O-line listening up

By Ted Hutton
Staff Writer
Posted August 19 2005

 

BOCA RATON The past two seasons, it wasn't hard to figure out where Florida Atlantic's offensive line was when the team was on its two practice fields.

All someone had to do was listen for the coach who was shouting the loudest.

But more than just listening is required this season, as former offensive line coach John Bock has gone into private business.

"The screaming is down, but he gets his point across," said offensive lineman Antes Perkins about Dale Williams, who replaced Bock.

Williams is one of FAU's two new assistants, the other being David Serna, who is handling the running backs.

Both Williams and Serna were given tough tasks, since their units were hit hard by the exodus of seniors last season.

Both have made good progress since the spring, and the line and backs were the surprise of Tuesday's scrimmage as the running game was the highlight of the offense.

"I try and keep things simple for them," the low-key Williams said about his approach. "We don't want to overload them with a bunch of things. This way they can build their confidence."

Before FAU, Williams was the offensive coordinator at Division II Findlay in Ohio for five years, so this is a step up for him as well as the players he coaches. FAU will complete its transition from Division I-AA to I-A this season and play its first season against all I-A opponents.

"I'm using the same drills here I used at Findlay. The difference is here these guys pick things up a lot quicker because they are better athletes," Williams said.

Serna came to FAU via connections with Gary Nord, who is FAU's quarterbacks coach and offensive coordinator.

Serna played for Nord when Nord was an assistant at the University of Texas El-Paso and was an assistant for Nord when he became UTEP's head coach.

"We have I-A talent here, it's just the fact they are young. They have a ways to go, but they'll be a good group," Serna said.

Injury update

Senior linebacker Shomari Earls participated in contract drills for the first time since he aggravated a hamstring injury on the first day of camp. Senior fullback Aaron Sanchez remained sidelined with a pulled thigh muscle. Freshman linebacker Orlando Deschapell was taken to the hospital for heat-related problems. Deschapell was treated and released and was back in the dormitory Thursday night, team officials said.