BOCA RATON, Fla. (August 15, 2014) - The Florida Atlantic University Owls are closing in on the final days of preseason camp, but have maintained focus throughout despite things being thrown, loud music being played, simulated pressure situations and possibly the most difficult --- a heat index of 102 or 103.
"I'm pleased with the focus," said Charlie Partridge, FAU football's head coach, about the 2014 preseason camp. "We just had a great four-minute drill and we have been fortunate to not have a major injury."
The Owls began Friday with continued work on kick-return. While the primary focus was on every position other than the returner, FAU's Lucky Whitehead, Martese Jackson, Cre'von LeBlanc and JJ Stevens were back to receive.
FAU then moved into the first "team" session with freshmen quarterback Jason Driskel leading the first scoring drive. On the following drive, led by junior quarterback Jaquez Johnson, senior back Martese Jackson broke through the line for a long run to the end zone. Sophomore quarterback Greg Hankerson followed by handing off to Jeremy Gaskins on back-to-back plays that produced big gains. Period 10 saw Jackson use fancy footwork to break into space, followed by a nice pass from Johnson to wideout William Dukes. The defense got on the board with a take away credited to newcomer Nick Internicola. FAU then shifted its work towards the red zone and found several things to celebrate, including an acrobatic catch by senior tight end Alex Deleon.
FAU ended the day with work on taking a knee and four-minute situations. In the practice-ending battle, the coaches won Friday due to a player missed assignment. Players remain in the lead 3-1.
FAU football will open the 2014 season on Saturday, Aug. 30 at the University of Nebraska, with the game broadcast on the Big Ten Network. The Owls home season will kick-off on Saturday, Sept. 13 at 7 p.m. versus Tulsa at FAU Stadium, which will be televised by Fox College Sports.
The Owls will host the "2014 Red Hot Meet and Greet" on Sunday, Aug. 17 at 1 p.m. at the Delray Hyundai Deck of FAU Stadium, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus. The event is free and open to the public. Fans are to enter the stadium through Gate 6, the northwest corner, where they will receive free posters and other giveaways, beginning at 12:45 p.m. There will be a cash bar available and the Fan Shop on the Hyundai Deck will be open during the event.
FAU game day host Andrea Ocampo will emcee the event, which also includes the opportunity to take photos with players and receive autographs. As a reminder, NCAA Bylaw 126.96.36.199 prohibits student-athletes from accepting any benefit or payment, for the use of his or her name or picture to advertise, recommend or promote the sale or use of commercial product, service, or item. Attendees may not pay, or provide a benefit to, student-athletes in exchange for any student-athlete autographs.
All FAU games will be carried on ESPN West Palm 106.3, which has an APP for the Smart Phone platform, and on www.fausports.com.