BOCA RATON, Fla. - Florida Atlantic University football suited up for its 10th practice of the 2017 spring season on Tuesday morning. Time was spent on situation team drills, with the defense continuing to outshine the offense.
- First team period saw senior "Buddy" Gregory Howell, Jr. and "Motor" Devin Singletary draw the bulk of the carries, while senior Marcus Clark and Kerrith Whyte, Jr. both had big plays. Senior defensive back Raekwon Williams was credited with a pass breakup.
- The second team period was dedicated to the Owls work on third down situations. Redshirt sophomore "Pico" Tavaris Harrison, redshirt freshman Dominic Milanese and senior Kamrin Solomon recorded big receptions while junior Ocie Rose snagged an interception.
- The next session concentrated on second down situations. Solomon and Harrison had catches while Singletary had a nice run. Redshirt sophomore Antony Bennett led the defense with a sack.
- The Owls moved into red zone work with redshirt sophomore quarterback De'Andre Johnson finding sophomore tight end John Raine for a score and then repeated the same connection. Redshirt junior quarterback Jason Driskel found redshirt sophomore receiver LaDante Harris in the end zone. Driskel also utilized the ground game, dishing to Clark who found the end zone on two consecutive attempts. Driskel then kept the ball for another score.
- The Owls moved into second half work, without the benefit of a halftime break. Driskel quickly worked down field with four connections to sophomore John Mitchell, redshirt junior Bobby Mitchell, senior Nate Terry and then to redshirt sophomore James Brunson before giving it to Clark for a 10-yard gain on the ground. Driskel then completed four more passes in various situations before redshirt senior defensive lineman Haiden Nagel got his hands on the ball for a pass defense.
Head Coach Lane Kiffin
"Again, we kind of got a common theme of the defense doing really well, starting really fast and the offense making plays toward the end. So, we have got to fix that. We were down 21 to nothing at the beginning of this practice. Our offense has got to get going right away, like our defense has. I'm very pleased with our defense. [I'm] very different from our first couple of practices. Our coaches and players [defensive] have done a really good job of eliminating the big plays, which was a major issue the first couple of practices. "
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.