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One week of preseason camp is complete for the Florida Atlantic University football team, and while the aches and pains are evident, the spirit and energy remain at such a high level that one would think the Owls had just reported.
The offense continues to work on situations. They have worked through third and long, third and short and red zone, and today they focused on third and medium, which provided the defensive backs the perfect opportunity to shine, and they did.
Offensive Coordinator Travis Trickett on how the offense looks
- “It is about where it needs to be. We are nowhere near ready to play a game. It is where it needs to be. We are not behind. Today was a day that we thought would be a physically tough practice, consecutive days after one another and coming off two-a-days, first one they have had. Today was a mentally challenging practice for our guys which was good and they responded and there were also learning points. We just have to keep pushing [and] learning our situations. We have some young kids. They have to understand the big picture of football and living the football moment, each play at a time. I’m excited. We are right on track of where we need to be but we have to keep making progress every day and do that throughout the season. The best teams, [the teams] that end up winning are the teams that get better every week. There is no staying the same. You either get better or you get worse.”
- In 7-on-7 work freshmen Chris Tooley and Da'Von Brown each recorded breakups while fellow freshman Telly Lockhart recorded an interception.
- In team drills, freshman "Motor" Devin Singletary recorded more carries and made the best of them, squeezing through the lineman and shooting through the crowd on more than one occasion. He also caught a pass to move the chains.
- Fellow running back Marcus Clark, a redshirt junior, continues to make the best of his opportunities and did so with a catch and gain of 10 yards before redshirt junior linebacker Nate Ozdemir pushed him out of bounds.
- Sophomore defensive back Herb Miller had a breakup as did Tooley, whose coverage prevented a score.
- Senior DJ Juste had a big stop and senior defensive back Tevin Homer blew past the offensive line to bat down a ball in the final minutes of the day.
Saturday’s practice will be the last of the week for the Owls, who will use Sunday as a recovery day. There will be approximately 20 minutes of media availability to conclude Saturday’s practice, which is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. Defensive coordinator Roc Bellantoni will be available as well as requested defensive coaches and approved defensive players.
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.