Most of the coverage of Florida Atlantic University's football this spring has referred to running back Jay Warren as a costarter, which may be even more true after he sat out the school's spring game with a pulled hamstring only to watch Greg Howell step up with a more-than-solid, two-touchdown performance. But that doesn't mean Warren is not still the best back on the team. Howell and several highly touted recruits will put the pressure on Warren, who is expected to flourish with the team's emphasis on running the ball, quarterback Jaquez Johnson's ability to get the ball downfield, and an offensive line with the potential to open big holes to run through. Warren began last season in high fashion, running for 77 yards against then-number-22 Nebraska and breaking off runs of 31 and 33 yards against Alabama and Tulsa in the weeks after. The FAU offense has improved in each of the past couple of years, and as long as he can hold onto the ball, Warren is the guy who can carry this team down the field, as his 4.7 yards-per-carry average on 571 yards and two touchdowns last year shows. Why does this make Warren FAU's best player? Go ask Dan Marino what he would have done to have a running back who consistently averaged five yards a carry and you'll have the only answer you need.