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Florida Atlantic may be without star QB vs. UB due to ankle injury

Florida Atlantic's star senior quarterback, Jaquez Johnson, is questionable for Saturday's game against the University at Buffalo.

Johnson, a 6-foot-1, 240-pounder who rushed for 1,285 yards over the previous two seasons, suffered a sprained ankle in Saturday's loss to the University of Miami. It doesn't sound promising for him. He was wearing a protective boot on Monday, the Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel reported. FAU Coach Charlie Partridge said Monday that Johnson will be a game-time decision.

Johnson's backup is red-shirt freshman Jason Driskell. He's the brother of Jeff Driskell, former starting QB at Florida. He transferred to Louisiana Tech this year and now is that school's starter. Jason Driskell hit 17 of 30 passes for 155 yards in the 44-20 loss to Miami.

Also injured for FAU is No. 2 running back Jay Warren.

ABOUT FLORIDA ATLANTIC: The Owls went FBS in 2004. The school, in Boca Raton, Fla., has 30,000 students (24,000 undergrads). It's a member of Conference USA, with the likes of Marshall, Louisiana Tech, Southern Miss and Texas-El Paso.

PROJECTIONS: FAU went 3-9 last season and was picked for 3-9 again this year by Phil Steele. The Owls returned a lot of offensive talent and a shaky defense. They scored 26.5 in conference last year but allowed 34.5 in conference.

SO FAR THIS YEAR: FAU opened with a 47-44 loss at Tulsa, which is picked for fifth out of six in the American Athletic Conference. It wasn't a good loss. The Owls gave up 47 despite winning the turnover battle, 4-0. The loss to Miami was an impressive Owls showing. The game was tied 20-20 in the second half, and FAU lost the turnover battle, 5-0.

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