Owls' linemen in a rush to fix blitz problems

By Ted Hutton
Staff Writer
Posted September 11 2005


Florida Atlantic offensive lineman Nello Faulk admits there is added pressure on the line, which has been victimized by the blitz in the Owls' first two games.

"We just have to prove them wrong. If we pick up [the blitz], we will make them change their game plan," Faulk said after Saturday's practice, as the Owls prepared for their next game against Minnesota.

Faulk, a junior and second-year starter, is the most experienced player on the line, which has three new starters this season.

Kansas and Oklahoma State used blitzes to disrupt FAU's offense and put pressure on quarterback Danny Embick, with the result FAU is 0-2 to start the season after losing 30-19 to Kansas and 23-3 to Oklahoma State.

FAU has two extra days to prepare for its first Big Ten opponent since they played the Cowboys on Thursday. Faulk said the long break should help the Owls.

"It will give us more time to study up for these boys," Faulk said. "We made mental errors. We can fix those."


While Florida Atlantic was preparing for its game Saturday at Minnesota, the Golden Gophers were roaring to their second win of the season, running over Colorado State 56-24.

Minnesota beat Tulsa 41-10 in its opener. The Owls will try to stop Gophers running back Laurence Maroney, who had 203 yards against Tulsa and 133 vs. Colorado State.

Ted Hutton can be reached at thutton@sun-sentinel.com.