BOCA RATON, Fla. -
It might have been April 1st, but there was no fooling around at Florida Atlantic University's first scrimmage under the direction of the newly-hired staff and in front of potential Owls, who visited the Boca Raton Campus as part of "Junior Day." The day was the first true hot afternoon for the Owls and the tempo/standard was pushed throughout the afternoon.
- The Owls worked through individual drills, a team session, special team sessions and a scrimmage session with officials, the first one under the direction of the new staff
- It was a big day for redshirt sophomore defensive back Richie Kittles, who had an interception and a pass breakup during the scrimmage
- The offense put highlights on film with nice runs by sophomores "Motor" Devin Singletary and Kerrith Whyte, Jr. Redshirt freshman James Charles also had gains that moved the chains. And, senior Marcus Clark had a 30-yard carry
- Quarterbacks Jason Driskel, a redshirt junior, and De'Andre Johnson, a redshirt sophomore, began working first-and-ten at the opponents' 20. They then shifted to their own 20 and worked to move the ball downfield. The duo found Singletary out of the backfield and redshirt sophomore receiver "Pico" Tavaris Harrison and redshirt senior receiver Kalib Woods
- Kittles was not the only defender wreaking havoc on the quarterbacks. Both Sidney Smith IV, a redshirt freshman defensive tackle, and redshirt freshman corner Korel Smith batted down would-be passes
Head Coach Lane Kiffin
"There was lack of effort stuff today. I think the guys felt sorry for themselves. It was a little bit hotter than normal. Coming out on a Saturday, knowing it was going to be long with a scrimmage format. It was the first time guys were going with us and they have to get use to our standards. So, it was disappointing, but we will go to work on it."
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.