Aug. 1, 2012
Florida Atlantic University began preseason football camp a day earlier than most, because the season will begin a day earlier than most, Friday, August 31. The Owls also hit the field earlier than most with a 6:30 a.m. stretch which was preceded by walk-through.
As the sun rose, so did the tempo for the Owls, who began their first camp under first-year head coach Carl Pelini.
The Owls began the day with punt work and individual drills which concentrated on ball security. It was also a day to begin acclimation, as nearly a third of the camp roster was practicing at FAU for the first time.
"There were a lot of new faces," said Carl Pelini, FAU's head football coach. "We are a lot deeper than we were in the spring which creates more competition at each position."
Four quarterbacks worked under center, while the wide receivers began to answer camp's biggest question: which receivers will emerge in the up-tempo offense. Tight end Nexon Dorvilus drew the first praise, climbing the ladder to haul in the first long reception of the morning. Minutes later it was Derek Moise who was on the receiving end of a Stephen Curtis pass. Not to be outdone, Marcus Cunningham joined the 25-yard-plus receivers with a grab down the sideline. The first team session concluded with each of the four quarterbacks - Curtis, Graham Wilbert, Nick Bracewell and newcomer Melvin German III - keeping for a gain.
"Today was a learning day," said junior linebacker Randell Johnson. "We are still learning our footwork and learning to communicate as a family, right now. I'm happy we have gotten started but we are still learning so practice was just so-so."
The Owls will return to the practice field 6:30 a.m. Thursday. Season and single game tickets are on sale and can be purchased through Ticketmaster or by calling 1-866-FAU-Owls. FAU will open the 2012 campaign, Friday, August 31 in its new on-campus stadium versus Wagner College. Practices are closed to the general public and media.