Aug. 15, 2012
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University's football team was back to the grind, Wednesday, after Tuesday's practice which was followed by a youth clinic. Wednesday featured another grueling two-a-day as the season draws nearer.
In the day's morning session, defense set the tone early. Linebacker Cory Henry, linemen Jimmy Jean and Brandin Bryant, and defensive backs Anthony Hamilton and Andrew Bolognese all had stops at or behind the line of scrimmage. Big yardage was had on keepers by both Stephen Curtis and Graham Wilbert, the latter gaining extra yards with a stiff arm. Melvin German III had the day's first completion, to Jenson Stoshak, and later avoided a heavy blitz to complete a swing pass to running back Jonathan Wallace.
The closed sessions in the morning portion of Wednesday's practice were bookended by full kick return drills. Takeshi Okubo and Vinny Zaccario alternated kicking off, while the returners included Travis Jones, Stoshak, Duron Carter and Jeremy Glinton.
The night practice was held in the new on-campus stadium, something not open during the 2011 pre-season camp. One feature the stadium practice provided was noise. The squad worked on silent counts, the two minute drill and simply focusing on assignments despite the noise.
Newcomer Brandin Bryant recorded the first sack of the day during the team session. The offense found it's positives but also saw Andre Kirk force a receiver to fumble with a hard hit and freshman safety Josh Orsino picked one off up the middle. The offense had its positives. The biggest was along run by Martese Jackson.
The Owls are back on the practice fields for a Thursday morning session, at 9:30 a.m., with the camp's final two-a-day taking place on Friday, just one day prior to the 2012 FanFest.
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, 8 p.m., 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. All other practices are closed to the general public and media.