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The Florida Atlantic Owls have questions at a lot of positions. At quarterback, though, there are no questions.

After a strong 2019 season, All-Conference USA quarterback Chris Robison is back for 2020, where the expectations are rightfully high. The Owls also return backup Nick Tronti and third-string quarterback Justin Agner to support Robison when necessary.

The Owls, however, do see changes on the offensive staff. Last year’s quarterback coach Charlie Weis Jr. is replaced by Clint Trickett, who served as last season’s tight end coach.

The Players

Chris Robison – Redshirt Junior (6-1, 200 pounds): Following a rough 2018 season, Chris Robison immediately turned it around in 2019. Robison finished with 3,701 passing yards, 28 passing touchdowns, and just six interceptions. Robison hasn’t seen much NFL Draft hype yet, but a strong junior season could increase the hype among teams.

Nick Tronti – Redshirt Junior (6-2, 215 pounds): Nick Tronti mainly saw playing time in clean-up duty but when he played, Tronti was effective. In just 22 passing attempts, Tronti finished with 180 yards and two touchdowns. Tronti is likely the backup quarterback in 2020, but there’s a possibility we see Tronti come in for certain sets.

Justin Agner – Redshirt Junior (6-2, 210 pounds): A junior college transfer, Justin Agner saw limited playing time during the season. On just five pass attempts against Ohio State, Agner completed three passes for 30 yards and an interception. Agner will likely see similar playing time in 2020, but his talents make him a solid third-string option.

Javion Posey – Redshirt Freshman (6-1, 185 pounds): Javion Posey’s future might not be at quarterback, especially given his experience playing wide receiver last season, but his natural position is still quarterback and that’s his best fit. As a wide receiver, Posey only played in three games last season and in those three games, only made one reception — a 23-yard touchdown pass against SMU. Posey likely won’t see playing time in 2020, but he is considered one of the future quarterbacks for the Owls. 

Willie Taggart Jr. – Freshman (6-1, 157 pounds): Willie Taggart Jr. has plenty of talent, even if his offers don’t match it. Taggart Jr. comes in as a 3-star quarterback, according to 247Sports Composite rankings. After leading Florida State University High School to a state championship game appearance as a senior, Taggart has plenty of hope for a long career. Taggart Jr. is more than likely not going to play in his first season and that’s fine, as a redshirt season should do him wonders.

Depth Chart

Position Name
Starter/QB1 Chris Robison
Backup/QB2 Nick Tronti
QB3 Justin Agner
QB4 Javion Posey
Redshirt Willie Taggart, Jr.

The Story To Watch

Can Chris Robison take the next step? – Chris Robison had a strong season but as FAU enters camp with question marks across the offense; the fate of the offense might lie in the hands of Robison. If Robison struggles, FAU will struggle, but if Robison continues to play well, FAU should follow suit. Last season’s Robison should be fine for FAU, but if Robison takes the next step as some expect, there may be no stopping the FAU offense.

Breakout Candidate

Nick Tronti won’t start at quarterback without an injury or poor play from Robison, but Tronti still might see the field in other ways. Last season, head coach Lane Kiffin utilized Tronti in specific running packages. Though Taggart hasn’t mentioned anything of the sorts, the potential of it makes him an intriguing game-changer when needed.