Aug. 10, 2012
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University's football pre-season camp had its first day where inclement weather played a factor. Friday morning's practice was included a brief 10-minute lightning delay and a steady downpour during the last segments on the field. The evening session was held without a hitch.
Friday marked the second two-a-day practice for the Owls. During the morning session's 7-on-7 drills, quarterbacks Stephen Curtis and Graham Wilbert alternated snaps, with Curtis hitting Byron Hankerson for a long pass into the end zone, while Wilbert hooked up with Travis Jones on a short catch and long run. On the other side of the ball, linebacker Blake Nehls had an interception on a tipped pass, while cornerback D'Joun Smith broke up a pass intended for a receiver near the goal line.
The evening featured more of the same. Wilbert began the second session by opting to keep after his receivers were covered and he gained 10. His next play, Marcus Cunningham stretched out for the ball and picked up another 10 with his feet for a 15 yard gain. Not to be out done, defensive end Martin Wright fought his way into the backfield to catch Curtis. In the second team period, Wilbert found tight end Alex Deleon waiting in the back of the end zone for a twenty-yard score.
Saturday is a scheduled off day, and the Owls return to the practice fields for a Sunday evening session beginning at 6:30 p.m. 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. Fanfest, scheduled for 3 p.m., August 18, will be an opportunity for fans to see the Owls in a scrimmage situation as well as take part in a select a seat opportunity.
Practices are closed to the general public and media.