March 18, 2013
Boca Raton, FL - Florida Atlantic University's football team began spring practice Monday morning. The day also began the second spring season under the direction of head coach Carl Pelini.
"They worked hard, they're a little rusty but they worked hard" said Carl Pelini, FAU's head coach. "It was much better than last year's first day. It was more organized, they're in a system, just the pace of practice, you know where to go, all those things."
The squad took the field at 9:15 and worked through 11 periods for nearly two hours. As customary, the day began with special teams work, then moved into individual work and concluded with a 15-minute session of team.
Three quarterbacks were under center throughout the day's work. Stephen Curtis, who started the 2012 season opener, Melvin German, who sat out in 2012 and junior college transfer Jaquez Johnson. Johnson will have three seasons to play for the Owls.
The 2013 first spring practice provided a much different look than one year ago. The Owls knew what to expect from the coaching staff and were better prepared for its physical nature.
"This year was probably the best year we've had in the offseason training with the strength coach Chuck (Lobe)," said Stephen Curtis. "He's done a good job. Everyone has gotten a lot stronger, a lot faster and everything has gone well."
Spring drills will go a long way towards identifying the 2013 starting quarterback. FAU also will need to replace three starting offensive linemen but can take solace in the return of its top-two rushers, top-two receivers, top-two interception leaders, kick and punt returners as well as eight of 11 of the 2012 total tackle leaders.
FAU will host the 2013 spring game 2 p.m. April 20th, in the GEO Group Stadium. Admission to the spring game will free of charge. The athletic department also will host a select a seat at the 2013 Spring Game or tickets may be purchased by calling 1-866-FAU-Owls.