Randell Johnson turned in a strong defensive performance for the Owls.
April 7, 2012
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University's football team has completed its second scrimmage of the "2012 Spring Season" with turnovers being the biggest difference between scrimmage one and two.
The game began with rising senior Graham Wilbert under center and the tone of the day was set with a defensive fumble recovery. Jonathan Wallace had the first positive of the day with a 10-yard run up the middle but it was followed by a D.J. Frye-Smith fumble recovery and a 10-yard return. Wilbert then returned to lead one of the longest drives of the day capped by Damian Fortner, who played in his first scrimmage rehabbing last week, 15-yard touchdown run. The following drive began at the defensive 40. Marcus Cunningham hauled in a 30-yard reception to put the Owls on the defensive 10. Wallace punched it in on the next play.
The scrimmage became more of a situational game working on specific downs and distances. Linebacker Randell Johnson led the defense with several stops behind the line preventing the offense from moving the chains on two-consecutive possessions. An offensive highlight of the first half and the only receiving touchdown of the day was an over the shoulder one-handed catch in the back corner of the end zone, from Stephen Curtis.
Following the halftime break, the defense set the tone once again with Johnson meeting Wallace behind the line of scrimmage. The ship was righted with a Wilbert to Nexon Dorvilus connection moving the chains 10 yards. A few plays later it was Fortner who got the call and scored from 15-yards out.
Quarterbacks David Kooi and Colton Kane split time under center in the fourth with Tony Moore receiving the bulk of the carries. Both Stephen Curtis and Sean Dooley received work on the punt team with Blake Bierman serving as the returner. Marcelo Bonani and Vinny Zaccario received PAT work.
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.