The UCF Knights Offense Has Unique Challenge Against the Florida Atlantic Owls Defense
College football can have many unusual schemes, tendencies, and special circumstances. One could argue that the offense of the UCF Knights against Florida Atlantic’s defense is all of the above.
Determining how FAU attacks is difficult to do with a keyboard. However, it’s been working well so far and there are many players making noise for them. Here are the statistics for FAU’s season so far.
FAU Defensive Statistics
Points allowed per game: 21, tied to be No. 59 in the country
Rushing yards allowed per game: No. 22 by allowing 79, with a 2.8 yards per carry average.
Passing yards allowed per game: 254.7 for the No. 91 spot in the country, and allowing 8.0 yards per pass attempt.
Turnovers were created: Three, with two interceptions and a scoop and score from an fumble.
Third down defense: allowed nine of 33 conversion attempts to be successful, 27.3%, ranking No. 30 in the nation.
Sacks : The Owls are tied at No.1 with nine sacks in the first three games. 3 nationally.
Tackles for loss: 19, which ties the Owls for No. 12 in the nation. Now it’s time for us to discuss the plan.
Preparing for the 3-4 Defense
It’s a 3-4 look which is much more common in the SEC or the NFL, as compared to the majority of college football; it’s not easy to prepare for out of the blue.
The 3-4 defense requires a man with a lot of muscle and who can take on double teams. FAU’s beef is in this area. If any UCF fan is going to pay attention to players on the other side of the football, look no further than the nose guards like Keem Green.
Why? Because they are constantly facing double teams, it is rare for a defense of 3-4 to be strong and have good nose guards. Without the ability to be a good nose guard, teams would have been able to bludgeon the Owls’ defensive front.
Considering that the Owls have allowed just 79 yards on the ground, per game, one can bet that any player lining up over the center for FAU is a quality player. Another important point is about the defensive line.
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FAU rotates quite a few defenders along the front, and the defense overall. In fact, the Owls already saw eight defenders record 10 or more tackles. This defense is balanced in terms of how many players make plays.
UCF will likely see a different look than FAU’s. They’ve played in Ohio, Charlotte, and Southeastern Louisiana.
This is not a murder row. UCF will get all the defensive tricks from FAU. Look for the nose guard shading one or both sides, slanting, and other tricks. This leads to some defenders that UCF supporters need to know a little about.
Players to Know
*The co-sack leader is a cornerback. Yes, a cornerback. Jayden William , a redshirt freshman from Bloomingdale in Fla. who’s made his mark as a blitzer in the backfield. He’s also second on the team with 18 tackles. This is impressive. It’s a strong defense against blitz cornerbacks.
*Junior outside linebacker Eddie Williams are the top players to watch. He’s leading FAU with 26 total tackles, as well as leading with four tackles for loss, and he’s the other player with two sacks, tying him with Williams. He’ll be a player UCF plans to keep out of plays as often as possible, but he is a ball hawk.
Quarterback John Rhys Plumlee needs to know the looks/signs that FAU prefers to blitz from because corner coming off the edge can catch a running back or offensive tackle off guard. Here are some key points about the top defense players for the Owls.
The Owls have a lot of underclassmen who play defense, and that shows in their top tacklers. No. 15 on the team.
That would refer to the aforementioned Green. He will be playing at both nose tackle and defensive end for the Owls. He’s listed at 6-foot-4 and 312 pounds. He will be up against UCF center Matt Lee, and the rest of UCF’s offensive line. The Owls aren’t big at cornerback, however. The majority are under 6-0, so look for some 50-50 balls to be thrown to Javon Baker and other UCF receivers.
*Finally Marlon Krakue produced only five tackles but 3.5 are for loss.
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