BOCA RATON, Fla. - Florida Atlantic University’s football team lined up on the practice field Saturday morning with the knowledge that there is just one week of practice remaining before classes begin, on Aug. 22, and to a player, the intent was to make the most out of the remaining time to work.
The first hour of practice focused on individual work and work within the units. The second hour was devoted to preseason camp’s first scrimmage. The Owls’ target play count was 60-70 plays. The coaches’ will now have those plays on film to review and will have a day and a half of film study with the players before their next field practice, on Monday.
Defensive Coordinator Roc Bellantoni
- “We are right where I think we should be. I’m very happy with how things are going. We are getting better. The older guys are getting better and some of the younger guys are coming on so, we are developing some depth. I think we are in really good shape. We are only halfway through our install and situational football but, we got some things done today, that we needed to get done. I’m pleased with where we are at.”
- Sophomore linebacker Jacob Douglas began the scrimmage with an interception
- “Motor” Devin Singletary continues to impress by breaking through traffic to pick up yards. He continued to do so on Saturday with four nice runs including two scores. He added a five-yard reception that he turned into a big gain.
- Redshirt junior defensive lineman Haiden Nagel picked up a fumble.
- Three times redshirt sophomore Jason Driskel found receivers deep in the defense’s territory. The first was a 40-yard reception by “Pico” Tavaris Harrison, which set up a TD. He also hit redshirt freshman James Brunson with a 30-yard pass and redshirt freshman Jacob Wilson for 20 yards and a score.
- It was a big day for the defense with its goal to get behind the line of scrimmage. Redshirt senior defensive lineman Shalom Ogbonda picked up the side’s first tackle for a loss. The defense then saw redshirt junior linebacker Nate Ozdemir, sophomore defensive back Jalen Young, freshman Chanler Raynard Ferguson, freshman Rashad Smith and sophomore Shelton Lewis get in on the action with a TFL each. Redshirt junior lineman Nick Internicola and sophomore lineman Steven Leggett combined for a tackle for a loss and freshman defensive tackle William Davis recorded a sack
- Offensively, Harrison had a reception at the goal line that setup Singletary’s score. Freshman receiver John Mitchell went up in tight coverage for a jump ball, beat his defender and came down with the ball. Fellow freshman Noah Carlson pulled in a pass from freshman quarterback Trent Wessel while redshirt sophomore Kerrith Whyte, Jr had back-to-back plays with a 10 and an eight yard reception from redshirt sophomore quarterback Daniel Parr
The Owls will use Sunday as a day of recovery and preparation for Monday’s two-a-day practice. There will be approximately 20 minutes of media availability to conclude the second session on Monday. Head Coach Charlie Partridge will be available at the end of practice No. 2, or approximately 7:15. The first practice of the day is closed to the media.
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.