BOCA RATON, Fla. - Florida Atlantic University's football team returned to the practice field Monday morning for the first of two practices scheduled for the day. The Owls broke for lunch, recovery and individual film study prior to returning to the field for the evening session. The evening session lasted just over an hour and continued to work through possession changes, special teams and team drills.
Head Coach Charlie Partridge on his observations following Saturday's scrimmage
- "There is some good depth being formed. I think our `O' line is as cohesive of a group as they have been, since I've gotten here, across the board. Again, love the quarterback battle and love where that is at. They both continue to push each other. I'm not going to name anything until probably sometime next week. We have depth at running back which we thought coming into it. I'm excited about the depth at linebacker as well - some of the kids coming out of their first year. Khantrell Burden is playing lights out. Jacob Douglas is really, really having a nice fall camp. Azeez [Al-Shaair] is doing what we expected. Nate Ozdemir and Jake Stewart, there is a striking difference with the depth in our linebacker room. So, a lot of good things are happening, but we have a lot of work to do."
Monday Morning's Highlights
- Team session saw the first highlight dealt by forward-diving junior receiver Henry Bussey, who hauled in a finger-tip catch for a gain of 35 yards. Redshirt freshman quarterback Daniel Parr made the perfect throw with tight coverage on Bussey.
- Redshirt sophomore Andrew Soroh had a big day with two pass breakups to his credit. The Miami, Fla. native nearly earned an interception on the second.
- True freshman running back "Motor" Devin Singletary punched in a score during red zone action and, not to be outdone, fellow running back Kerrith Whyte, a redshirt freshman, had a big gain.
- Junior back "Buddy" Gregory Howell, Jr. had a catch that he turned into a 30-yard gain and redshirt junior Marcus Clark had a 25- yard run near the end of the first practice
Monday Evening's Highlights
- Soroh brought it in the evening as well with back-to-back pass breakups during 7-on-7
- The 7-on-7 portion of practice saw redshirt freshman J'Quan Napier grab a 15-yard reception
- Defensive back newcomer Chris Tooley had a breakup
- The receivers then put together a nice series with tight ends Harrison Bryant and Jacob Wilson each catching a pass from freshman quarterback Steven Frank
- Senior receiver Tony Thomas and newcomer Antonio Hadden, Jr. and redshirt Ladante Harris each had nice receptions
- The next period focused on punt return before moving into team drills
- Junior running back Marcus Clark opened the drill by breaking through the line for a big gain
- "Pico" Tavaris Harrison had a nice catch
- The defensive line provided a lot of pressure on the quarterbacks during the ones versus ones portion
- Senior wide receiver Kalib Woods beat his defender's tight coverage for a big gain
- The final play of the practice had it all. The defensive line pressured redshirt sophomore Jason Driskel, who was flushed out of the pocket. He ran to the other side and threw up a deep pass in the back of the end zone that junior receiver Nate Terry came down with but just out of the back of the end zone
The Owls will hit the field just once on Tuesday. There will be approximately 20 minutes of media availability to conclude Tuesday's practice with Offensive Coordinator Travis Trickett as well as requested and available offensive coaches and players after. Please RSVP with Katrina McCormack so that clearance time will be provided.
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.