BOCA RATON, Fla. -
The Florida Atlantic University football team has enjoyed the overcast mornings since camp opened nearly a week ago. Today, they dressed in full pads for the first time and were greeted on the practice field by a bright, sunshiny south Florida day.
Defensive Coordinator Roc Bellantoni on the FAU Defense
- “I think we are on the right track. I think we are getting better. Some of the young guys that we brought in are really making strides and they are able to push some of the older guys. You worry about complacency with some of the younger guys who played well last year, but I don’t see it at all. I see a lot of guys that want to be great. I’m really happy with four out of the first five practices from an effort standpoint. I think we have gotten a lot better.”
- “They are working hard. I was a little concerned. It is hot out and they had a really good yesterday, but they came out and they got better.”
On Celebrating for each other and the team first culture
- “Being our third year, being around us being comfortable with us and each other, I think that has grown a lot since we [coaching staff] got here. We have a great group of assistants on the sideline keeping those guys together, keeping their minds in it, and helping each other to be a selfless person. Helping your buddy, who is out on the field, get through it is helping all of them get through it. I’m really proud of that. I didn’t know that [that the players were celebrating on the sidelines for play on the field]. I’m so entrenched in practice, I didn’t know, but I’m glad to hear they are bonding together and celebrating for one another.”
- Redshirt sophomore quarterback Jason Driskel opened his first drive with three-consecutive passes. The first was a deep pass to junior receiver Nate Terry for a big gain. His fourth pass was deep and just off the fingers of junior defensive back Raekwon Williams
- Redshirt freshman quarterback Daniel Parr hit junior receiver Henry Bussey who found the end zone for a score
- Redshirt junior Marcus Clark had a big day on the ground and was handed the ball the first play of red zone work and capitalized with a score
- With the offense starting at their own 20, true freshman Korel Smith, a defensive back, broke up the first pass and nearly recorded an interception
- Redshirt freshman running back Kerrith Whyte had a big run along the sideline while true freshman linebacker Rashad Smith wrapped up a receiver behind the line of scrimmage to record a tackle for a loss
- Redshirt freshman receiver Tavaris Harrison caught a deep pass down field that ended the final team session.
Thursday’s practice will be the first two-a-day this preseason. The first session will have no media availability. There will be approximately 20 minutes of media availability to conclude the second session of the day. Head Coach Charlie Partridge will be available following the second practice, which begins at 5:45 p.m.
The 2016 season and home opener is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 3 versus Southern Illinois. To purchase 2016 football season tickets, call 1-866-FAU-Owls or go online (https://oss.ticketmaster.com/aps/fau/EN/buy/details/FB2016). Season tickets start as low as $60. Fans also may purchase tickets via www.fausports.com. Click on the “Buy or Manage Tickets” option under the tickets tab.
The 2016 RED HOT MEET AND GREET will be Sunday, Aug. 21 from 2-4 p.m. at the Delray Hyundai Deck of FAU Stadium. The event is free and open to the public.