Here’s a look ahead to the University at Buffalo’s opponent on Saturday – Florida Atlantic. We exchanged notes with Palm Beach Post writer Wesley Wright. We’ll have more preview information on Friday and Saturday at www.buffalonews.com.
1. How good is 245-pound, injured QB Jaquez Johnson, and how did red-shirt freshman Jeff Driskell play in relief of Johnson vs. Miami?
Johnson has two football qualities that make him a solid fit for the FAU offense. He can move, especially for a big quarterback, and he also can make almost every throw under 15 yards. Jeff Driskel stepped in after Johnson's ankle injury, and pretty well given the circumstances. He threw two interceptions, but one wasn't his fault. Some growing pains are to be expected for a guy getting his first live experience on a new level.
2. Describe the style of offense Driskell ran?
It's a spread offense. Almost exclusively shotgun. Driskel ran many of the same plays Johnson would have - he can also move pretty well. He looked solid making a series of quick throws.
3. FAU allowed 47 points and 618 yards to an up-tempo Tulsa offense. It did better against Miami but yielded 526 yards. What are the worry areas on the FAU defense?
The linebacker corps is young, but they should come along as the season progresses. There are several true freshmen playing significant snaps for the Owls.
4. Who are the two most dangerous playmakers on the team (not counting QB)?
The Owls have a lot of bodies to throw at you on offense. Henry Bussey can attack in several ways. So can bruising running back Greg Howell or receiver Jenson Stoshak.
(NOTE: Bussey is a 5-9, 180-pound sophomore slot receiver, who’s a big-time athlete. Howell is a 6-1, 205 sophomore running back who shares time with Jay Warren. Stoshak is a 6-1, 195 senior.)