Five things to watch in FAU’s matchup against Air Force

How the Owls can turn it around after last week’s blowout loss to Oklahoma.


Azeez Al-Shaair became FAU’s all-time leading tackler with an entire season of eligibility remaining. Photo courtesy of Ralph Notaro

Colby Guy, Contributing Writer

Coming into Saturday’s game against the Air Force Falcons, FAU fans are expecting more out of their team than what it showed in the season opener.

Coach Lane Kiffin and his players are looking to come back with a vengeance after last week’s 63-14 loss to Oklahoma. Here are five things to watch from the Owls as they look to turn it around in their home opener.

5. Devin Singletary

Yes, I’m sure everybody saw this coming from a mile away, so let me just get this one out of the way.

Devin Singletary failed to put up 100 rushing yards for the first time in 13 games last week against Oklahoma, only gaining 69 on the day.

Singletary will be playing with a chip on his shoulder as a result of that streak being snapped. And he will be looking to start another one against the Falcons.

4. Special Teams

After last Saturday’s loss, one glaring issue that came to light was special teams. FAU had a blocked punt that resulted in an Oklahoma touchdown, and many other punts fell shorter than intended.

This special teams unit looked shaky in the season opener, but if they can gel as a unit tomorrow, they could very well help the Owls get a win over Air Force.

3. Starting QB Battle

None of FAU’s three quarterbacks did enough against Oklahoma to separate themselves in their ongoing battle for the starting position. Chris Robison started last week’s game but didn’t turn many heads, going 15-26 for 157 yards.

Look for Rafe Peavey, who completed two of his three passes for 24 yards an interception last week, and De’Andre Johnson who impressed on the ground with 39 rushing yards, to get some extended run in this game.

2. The Defense

The FAU defense looks to bounce back after allowing 63 points to Oklahoma in its season opener.

Linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair looks to lead his defense to a turnaround performance against Air Force. Expect to see big plays from him this Saturday.

1. The Receiving Core

Whoever starts at quarterback will have a lot of choices when they pass the ball in tomorrow’s game.

There were two standout performers from the Owls wide receiver group in Week  1. Jovon Durante caught four passes for 52 yards and Pico Harrison brought in four passes for 57 yards, and they will be hoping to expand on that early success against Air Force.

Colby Guy is a contributing writer with the University Press. For information regarding this or other stories, email [email protected] or tweet him @thatguycolbs