April 6, 2012
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University's football team hit the practice fields with temperatures reaching record highs but a strong breeze out of the west tempered the heat. The players played with more spirit as they are becoming more and more comfortable and adjusting to the speed of play expected by the first-year coaching staff.
The Owls will use that comfort level as they continue to vie for positions, adjust to new positions as well as new expectations and schemes for Saturday's scrimmage, the second of 2012.
"We will continue to evaluate," said Carl Pelini, FAU's head football coach about Saturday's scrimmage. "I want this team to develop a physical attitude and that is what we will look for."
Graham Wilbert began team session one under center with a focus on the running game. He handed off to Jonathan Wallace for a 45-yard score. Stephen Curtis faked to Travis Jones who gained five. Linebacker Randell Johnson then stuffed the receiver near the line of scrimmage. Defensive back Christian Milstead followed by keeping running back Travis Jones from turning the corner.
Team session two began with Jonathan Wallace rushing for a gain of three. Wallace was pulled out of bounds on the next play by linebacker Toney Moore. Curtis then ran and followed it up with a connection to Damian Fortner across the middle. It was Fortner's first action after several days of rehab. Curtis then kept for a gain of 30 to end session two.
FAU's football team will play its 2012 Spring Game on Saturday, April 14, at 6 p.m., in the new on-campus football stadium. The game will be the first opportunity for fans to get a glimpse of the 2012 Owls. FAU will split the squad into two teams and face-off. The up-tempo game will feature 10 seniors playing in their final spring game.
A "Select-A-Seat" will begin at 5 p.m. for those wishing to purchase new season tickets. Patrons who decide to purchase brand new season tickets at the Select-A-Sea event will receive an exclusive FAU gift. Current season ticket holders may also upgrade to a different location at this time. During the two weeks following the Spring Game, the FAU athletics ticket office will host the first season ticket holder Appreciation Days. Every weekday between April 16 and April 30 a random season ticket holder will win a great prize. Eligible patrons include season ticket holders who renewed by the March 30 deadline as well as patrons who bought brand new season tickets during the Select-A-Seat event on April 14. Questions can be directed to the FAU ticket office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS. An interactive area including street teams and inflatables will open at 4 p.m.