Q&A with FAU beat writer Nelson 

June, 12, 2012
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Each week at TideNation we will speak with a writer who covers one of Alabama's 2012 opponents. OwlAccess.com editor Marcus Nelson, who covers all things Florida Atlantic, stops by to break down the Owls and the game.

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Eric Francis/Getty ImagesFormer Nebraska defensive coordinator Carl Pelini is now the head coach at Florida Atlantic.
Question: For those who aren't familiar with the FAU program (or missed the heart attack the Owls gave Auburn in the first half last season), give us a rundown of coach Carl Pelini's philosophy.
Nelson:Former Nebraska defensive coordinator Carl Pelini was hired in December to completely revamp the FAU football program that had slipped in the past few seasons under FAU coach Howard Schnellenberger. The early returns is he is doing just that. The Owls will emphasize defense, which could be important when they play teams from BCS conferences -- and what contributed to a game which was closer than expected in FAU’s 30-14 loss to Auburn last season.
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