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Owls sizing up little known Morris Brown

FAU returns home this week after two road losses to I-A opponents for their homecoming game. The Owls face Morris Brown College on Nov. 9 at Pro Player Stadium at 3 p.m. and look to get their first win of the season.

Some fans might be asking: “Who is Morris Brown College?” This team is a mystery.

The Morris Brown Wolverines, located in Atlanta, Georgia, have a 1-7 record, with their only win coming against another Division II program.

Espn.com does not even have Morris Brown on their college football pages. When pulled up, ESPN only shows Morris Brown’s basketball team.

Even Morris Brown’s own website doesn’t provide sufficient information on its own football team. There are stats from last year’s team and scores of 2 of their first eight games posted.

Morris Brown might as well be called “the ghosts of Atlanta.”

So far this year, Morris Brown has not been that good. With an average score of 32-14, Morris Brown has only stayed close in one of their losses. They lost to Savannah State 21-20 and gave that school its only win on the season. FAU should be licking its chops as it waits for Homecoming to arrive, only they are 0-7 themselves.

One Wolverine to watch out for is freshman running back Myshyn Mcalphile, who leads Morris Brown with 321 yards on 71 carries. (Unfortunately, FAU’s scouting report on Mcalphile says that he is a 5-8 defensive back.) If Morris Brown is to have any success, they must focus on the running game. Against Clark Atlanta, the Wolverines’ sole win, they ran for 339 yards and against Savannah St, they tallied 223 yards rushing in their 1-point defeat.

If the Owls can stop Morris Brown’s rushing attack and force them to throw, then they will have a good chance of winning.

Starting senior quarterback Stanley Hardy went down with a season ending injury in the Wolverines’ first game. Since then, three other quarterbacks have combined for 15 interceptions and 2 touchdowns in eight games.

Morris Brown’s defense has not been able to stop any of their I-AA opponents, giving up an average of 224.6 rushing and 205 passing yards per game.

FAU’s struggling offense should be able to pass and run against Morris Brown. And the Owls might actually overpower their first opponent of the season. Considering the strength of schedule that FAU has endured this season, they will be able to put Morris Brown away quickly.

The experience that Coach Schnellenberger hopes his team has gained against tougher opponents should be a big advantage against the Morris Brown Wolverines.

Look for FAU to win this game 48-10.

Yes, that is a bold prognostication, but FAU’s defense should shut this unknown team down.

Morris Brown will be unable to do anything offensive against FAU’s stingy defense, but they will score. Probably on an interception return or a kick return. Morris Brown has three returns for touchdowns this season.

Homecoming will be fun for FAU and their fans, since Morris Brown is a much lower caliber team than FAU has faced all season. Finally a team FAU is not trying to find bright spots against.

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