BOCA RATON, Fla. -
Florida Atlantic University’s football team moved into the second week of “Spring Drills” with Tuesday’s practice. The Owls were in full gear and moved through several team sessions as well as their individual work.
- During the 7-on-7 portion of practice, redshirt junior quarterback Jason Driskel hit sophomore Devin Singletary, who hauled in the pass five yards out and scampered another 10. Redshirt freshman Jordan Helm, who had an interception on Saturday, tipped a ball, but redshirt junior wide receiver Kamrin Solomon made the catch while falling under the ball. Redshirt sophomore De’Andre Johnson found Ladante Harris, a redshirt sophomore, for a long reception and sophomore Chris Tooley broke up a sure 60-yard score to end the highlights of the period
- The first team session worked with the running backs and mixed in passes to keep the defense honest. Johnson found senior “Buddy” Gregory Howell, Jr. for a five-yard gain and then hauled in a high snap, kept, and rushed for more than 10 yards. The defense took advantage of another high snap to record a sack
- The Owls then worked third-and-long with Johnson moving the chains twice, first connecting with redshirt senior Kalib Woods and then redshirt junior Bobby Mitchell for a first down. Driskel got into the action with 20-yard connections to Harris and then transfer running back AJ Turman.
- The final team session saw a lot more running but also had Johnson finding sophomore John Mitchell and Woods. Johnson also fell victim to a defensive sack and a pass breakup by redshirt freshman Korel Smith. Driskel moved the ball down field capitalizing on both the pass and run games. Senior Henry Bussey III started the drive with a reception and redshirt sophomore James Brunson followed. Driskel hit senior Nate Terry to move downfield. The defense stifled the drive momentarily with two defenders tipping the ball and defended a double pass attempt, but the drive continued into the end zone with a pass to sophomore Harrison Bryant and then the finishing touches with a 12-yard reception by redshirt sophomore “Pico” Tavaris Harrison. The defense prevented the two-point conversion to end the session.
Head Coach Lane Kiffin
“The defense probably had their best practice so far. It has been a big issue, limiting explosive plays. Our offense has done a great job making a lot of them, especially in team periods. That was our emphasis for our defense and it was good to see. We have been giving up a lot of touchdowns in team periods and today in the six series they probably didn’t score at all in those six series. That was good to see our guys get better. Obviously, we have a long ways to go, but the guys are working hard.”
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.