FAU Football Practice 4
Damian Fortner broke through the defense to highlight the practice

Damian Fortner broke through the defense to highlight the practice

April 4, 2011

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BOCA RATON, FL- Florida Atlantic University's football team suited up for their fourth practice of the spring season on Monday afternoon.

The Owls began the day with individual work and then moved into install review followed by the inside drill. The squad then worked the 7-on-7 drill. Offensively, David Kooi and Graham Wilbert took most of the reps at the quarterback position but Nick Bracewell and Stephan Curtis were also able to work out their arms.

In the 7-on-7 drill Bracewell was able to find wide receiver Jabyes Cross and Curtis was able to put some plays together with running back Travis Jones and wide receiver DeAndre Robinson.

The biggest play of the day came from running back Damian Fortner who found a big hole in the defense. Fortner ran through the space the offensive line opened for him almost untouched to find his celebrating teammates in the end zone.

Even with the offense feeling comfortable with each other and connecting, it was the defense that highlighted the practice.

"The effort was not bad, the effort was good on defense," said Head Coach Howard Schnellenberger who praised the defense for their stand out performance during practice.

On the opening play of the 7-on-7 drill, defensive back Treon Howard set the pace with his pressure on quarterback David Kooi and blocked the pass. Winfred Strickland also recorded a pass defensed while teammates Howard and Tony Rodriquez each had a fumble recovery on defense. Defensive back Brentley Harstad also stood out in practice by clogging up the middle and stopping the run.



The Owls will open the 2011 campaign at the University of Florida, September 3, 2011. The Owls will run into their new on-campus stadium October 15, 2011. To purchase tickets, at a reduced rate prior to May 6, visit www.faustadium.com. The site features a webcam that showcases the stadium's construction progress and also has an interactive seat location feature.