BOCA RATON, Fla. - The first practice in pads is in the books for the Owls as Florida Atlantic University’s football team practices in pads for the first time under the direction of Head Coach Lane Kiffin and the new coaching staff.
- Redshirt sophomore transfer quarterback De’Andre Johnson hit redshirt senior wide receiver Kalib Woods for a 10-yard gain in the opening minutes of the first team session
- Redshirt sophomore running back Kerrith Whyte had a 10-yard gain up the middle in the same session and redshirt junior quarterback Jason Driskel found redshirt junior Kamrin Solomon for a seven-yard connection
- During 7-on-7 sophomore linebacker Rashad Smith busted up a play, “Motor” Devin Singletary had a big run which he made bigger by breaking tackles, Johnson found redshirt sophomore Ladante Harris and Driskel hit Woods during 7-on-7
- The second team session saw Driskel hit redshirt sophomore wide receiver Tavaris Harrison and Johnson found Woods
- The team celebrated a touchdown catch and carry by redshirt junior wide receiver Bobby Mitchell from Driskel. Also, Driskel avoided the sack and hit sophomore receiver John Mitchell for a 10-yard gain
- Singletary broke through the line for a long scoring run and followed it up with another big gain.
- Redshirt junior linebacker Kris Harris stripped the ball and returned it for a score
- In the final team session, Driskel hit Solomon which prompted a TD single from Head Coach Lane Kiffin. The very next play was a similar call with Driskel hitting Woods, which incited the same reaction
Head Coach Lane Kiffin
Opening remarks on the addition of pads
“Really, there is not a lot of difference for us. We are not tackling, it is not a scrimmage format so the way we practice even in no pads is the same as pads. I thought the guys did a good job of understanding to protect the team and how to stay up, because a lot of times you put pads on, and guys go out and starts tackling and getting guys hurt. The guys did a good job. The offense really made some explosive plays there at the end of practice but there are two sides to that. On defense, we have to stay back and do a better job limiting big plays.”
FAU will hold its April 8 practice at Carter Park, in Broward County, at 1 p.m. The day is free and open to the public. The 2017 Spring Game is scheduled for 4 p.m., Saturday, April 22 at FAU Stadium. The game and events are free and open to the public. For more event details as the time approaches visit www.fausports.com. For 2017 season tickets call 1-866-FAU-Owls.