April 2, 2012
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University's football team returned to the practice field with one scrimmage under their belts and a game tape for the coaches to review.
"When you are live you see the negatives after watching the film there were positives," said Carl Pelini, FAU's head football coach, when questioned about Saturday's scrimmage. "The offensive line is coming together. On defense, the line is starting to do well and the linebackers should be a strength."
As the squad moved through nine sessions on Monday the focus was on competing and speeding up play.
Stephen Curtis found Hakeeme Ishmar on 2-of-3 plays. Nick Bracewell was flushed from the pocket by Troy Niblack, playing defense at FAU for the first time. Graham Wilbert was successful getting the first down in session two by calling is number on the run. Following the second session devoted to punt drills, DB Christian Milstead broke up a would-be first down pass. Jonathan Wallace took the hand-off only to be met by FAU newcomer Jeremy McKnight and returning LB Toney Moore before he got to the line of scrimmage. Curtis then found Chris Jackson wide open near the sideline and Jackson gained 10 with his feet.
FAU will return to the field Wednesday and Friday. The first practice or 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.