BOCA RATON, Fla. - Practice began at 9 a.m. Saturday morning for the Florida Atlantic University football team that completed the last two-a-day of 2016 yesterday evening. It was the first time the Owls practiced in FAU Stadium this fall and it was probably the hottest practice FAU has endured, but that didn’t prevent a healthy and competitive scrimmage.
Head Coach Charlie Partridge on Saturday’s scrimmage
- “Today was a combination of a lot of work prior to school starting [Monday]. In our minds, camp does not end until Wednesday, just from an approach standpoint. We start Southern Illinois prep on Thursday. Today was one of our camp days. Obviously, it was an important day, I referenced that yesterday, in deciding depth chart decisions and I have to see film before that.”
How important is it to practice in the stadium prior to the opener
- “First thing that caught them off guard was running out and there was no breeze. You saw them run out, stop and say ooh this is a different level of hot. But, it was good to get [work with] the surroundings, the atmosphere, and lines for the kicker. The kickers had a nice day today. They went 8-for-8 which is great…But, all in all it was a good day today.”
- Freshman running back “Motor” Devin Singletary began the day and the scrimmage with a gain of 20 plus yards only to be given the ball on the next play for another five yards
- Redshirt freshman Daniel Parr hit junior receiver Henry Bussey to set-up a fourth and one but the defense forced the possession change
- Parr’s next drive saw the Jupiter native hit Singletary with a five-yard connection to move the chains
- He moved them once more finding redshirt junior running back Marcus Clark
- Freshman defensive lineman Damian Horton then came up with a tackle for a loss before the line batted down a pass attempt
- Freshman quarterback Trent Wessel used senior Tony Thomas as his go-to receiver completing two of three passes to Thomas and to gain a first down
- Senior kicker Ryan Rickel ended the drive with a 26 yard field goal
- Freshman quarterback Steven Frank completed a pass to Singletary
- On Wessel’s next drive, he found J’Quan Napier for a touchdown reception
- With redshirt sophomore Jason Driskel under center the Owls moved the ball with Driskel completing passes to “Pico” Tavaris Harrison before redshirt junior Nate Ozdemir broke up Driskel’s next pass. Rickel hit the field goal, once more
- Frank found redshirt sophomore Bobby Mitchell
- Parr hit Harrison for five yards and was in on the drive that Mitchell made good on a reverse for a 10-yard gain. Clark scored on the next play from 20 yards out
- While the defense challenged and batted down another pass attempt, Driskel hit Nate Terry which set up a touchdown run by Singletary
The Owls will hold media day at 2 p.m. Sunday in the FAU Stadium in conjunction with the 2016 RED HOT MEET AND GREET from 2-4 p.m. at the Delray Hyundai Deck of FAU Stadium. The event is free and open to the public.
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.