March 22, 2013
BOCA RATON, FL - Friday Photo Gallery
Florida Atlantic University's football team returned to the practice field but wore pads for the first time in 2013.
"It feels good to be in pads today," said Stephen Curtis, FAU quarterback. "The first two days were shorts and no shoulder pads so it's a lot more fast paced, there's a lot more cutting. "Everyone is moving at a good pace, everybody is picking it up quick, everything is going really well. There are some little things we have to correct. We need to go in and look at the film and correct it for Monday but overall I think we look better this spring than we did last year at this time so I think everything is going really well."
The Owls used individual drills to concentrated on footwork and protecting the ball. It was the first time the "O" line and "D" line had the opportunity to hit and both sides of the ball rose to the challenge. "I think as a whole everyone is continuing to get better each day. If we continue that throughout the spring we should be good," said linebacker Adarius Glanton. "As the defense, everybody is just trying to speak lead by example and do the right things."
The Owls concluded the first week of preseason practice and were encouraged with the team's progress, as compared to a year ago at this time. "A week into it it's getting better and I think we have a number of guys standing out, playing well," said Carl Pelini, FAU's head football coach. "Our linebackers are playing well but they're experienced and they've played together before. Quarterbacks are playing well, the receiving groups are good but right now the most experienced groups are playing the best."
The Owls will return to the practice field 9 a.m. Monday, March 25. Practices are closed to the general public.
FAU will host the 2013 spring game at 2 p.m. April 20th, in the GEO Group Stadium. Admission to the spring game will be 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. The game will be carried live by ESPN 103.7 FM and 760 AM as well as on line at www.fausports.com. ESPN's Ken LaVicka will have the call.