March 30, 2012
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University's football team wore shorts and helmets Friday and worked on Saturday scrimmage preparation during the spring's seventh practice.
"Tomorrow's scrimmage will be a big evaluation day," said Carl Pelini, FAU's head football coach. "Today we installed and made sure they were comfortable with what we want to run."
The day was filled with positives. It began with defensive lineman Matt Chaney blocking an extra point attempt during special team drills. Shortly after, the Owls moved into the first of three team sessions. Quarterback Graham Wilbert tucked and ran up the middle after checking his coverage. Newcomer Jonathan Wallace then used his size to beat the defense around the edge to move the chains. Wilbert followed with a completion to Cary White for a long gain.
It was wide receiver Brendan Myers who drew applause during wide receiver versus defensive back drills. Wilbert then hit Alex Deleon to rouse the offensive side once more. Quarterback Stephen Curtis followed by connecting with Nexon Dorvilus during 7-on-7. It was D.J. Frye-Smith who broke up a pass to receive defensive praise. Wide receiver Paul Moore beat his defensive back for a score and DeAndre Richardson and Derek Moise each followed with a scoring pass from Wilbert. Freshman DB Damian Parms endedthe celebration with a break-up.
Curtis began team session three by running for positive yards. Wilbert then hit Byron Hankerson who was immediately struck by Diondre Lewis. Quarterback Nick Bracewell kept for a gain and then went deep on the next play but didn't connect. Christian Milstead ended the day with an INT.
FAU will return to the field Saturday morning for an evaluation scrimmage, the first of the young spring. The first scrimmage open to the public will be the Spring Game, 6 p.m., Saturday, April 14th in the new on-campus 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.