March 31, 2012
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University's football team, for the first time this spring and first time ever under new head coach Carl Pelini, completed an intrasquad scrimmage, for an hour and 20 minutes in pads and in front of Sun Belt Conference officials.
"I saw some physical play, on both sides of the ball, and I'm very pleased with that," said Pelini. "We're a little ahead of where I thought we would be offensively, and were a lot crisper today. We didn't make a ton of mistakes."
Quarterback Graham Wilbert was under center for the first series, and his first completed pass went 17 yards to DeAndre Richardson. On the day, Wilbert would hook up with two of his receivers for scores, a 9-yard fade pass to tight end Nexon Dorvilus early on, and later in the day, he connected on a 7-yard touchdown to wideout Marcus Cunningham.
Stephen Curtis, taking snaps with the offense's second unit, had a few long strikes. He passed for 11 yards to Brian Sirmans, and after a 12-yard completion underneath to a wide-open Blake Bierman, handed off to junior running back Jonathan Wallace, who went untouched up the middle for a 24-yard score. Wallace later had another probable score, a run of over 30 yards, called back on a holding penalty.
Later, Curtis connected with tight end Alex Deleon for a leaping, one-handed 22-yard catch. Deleon held on despite being hit hard while in the air.
Among the defenders making stops for either a loss or no gain were David Huntt (a sack of Curtis), Jimmy Jean, Karl James, Jeremy McKnight, Patrick Adolphe and Jonathan Alvarez. Treon Howard and Andrae Kirk each had a pass breakup, and defensive back Sharrod Neasman had two deflections in the early going.
Closed practices continue this week on the normal schedule: Monday, Wednesday and Friday. 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.