March 28, 2012
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University's football team got in a complete practice with a threat of rain coming off the ocean, but the threat only cooled the day for the players who put in a strong day's work.
"We started to try guys at positions and we moved players to new positions which was a little different for some," said Carl Pelini, FAU's head football coach.
The day opened with linebacker Blake Nehls putting a nice hit during a safety blitz. The day continued to be a strong one for the defense with Treon Howard pulling in an interception. But, it was not long before the offense got it going with a Graham Wilbert to Hakeeme Ishmar connection. Julius Cartwright followed it up with a strong run up the middle.
The Owls moved back to unit drills where Byron Hankerson made a great over the head grab. In team segment two, it was Wilbert to Alex Deleon and DeAndre Richardson that moved the chains. Quarterback Nick Bracewell then found Ishmar once more. And Wilbert hit Hankerson before he tucked and ran, on the next play, for a big gain.
Not to be out done, linebacker Toney Moore had an interception and DJ Frye-Smith laid out a wide receiver, which held onto the ball, to prompt cheers from the sideline defense.
FAU will be back on the practice field Friday and will have a scheduled scrimmage on Saturday.
The 2012 Spring Game is scheduled for 6 p.m., April 14 in the FAU Football Stadium. A seat selection opportunity will begin at 5 p.m. for those wishing to select their seats for the first time. Fans, who wish to renew or upgrade season tickets from a year ago, can do so now by logging into their account. Questions can be directed to the FAU ticket office at 1-866-FAU-Owls.