March 24, 2012
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University's football team completed its first week of "spring drills" under first-year head coach Carl Pelini with its first workout in full pads.
"Today's effort was good," said Pelini. "We had a good practice and are slowly ramping up the contact levels. We are looking for technique and effort and will move into physicality later. We are still evaluating with the idea of getting the best 11 on the field."
The day began with a focus on technique and fundamentals. The bulk of the day was spent on individual drills but the Owls got together for three team sessions. Run and run defense was an emphasis in the first session. Senior Xavier Stinson had the longest run of the day, but linebacker Toney Moore quieted the offense on the next play with an interception. Rising redshirt sophomore Stephen Curtis hit Paul Moore over the middle for a big gain. Team session two saw Hakeeme Ishmar hauled in a pass and break a tackle for the only score of the day. As the Owls moved into the third session, Graham Wilbert and Curtis both tucked and ran for short yardage. Curtis ended the practice by connecting with Brian Sirmans, who was covered tightly.
FAU will return to the field for scheduled Monday, Wednesday and Friday workouts.
The 2012 Spring Game is scheduled for 6 p.m., April 14 in the FAU Football Stadium. A seat selection will begin at 5 p.m. for those wishing to select their seats for the first time. Fans who wish to renew season tickets or upgrade their seats from a year ago can do so now by logging into their account.