Jamari Grant worked out for the first time against the scout team defense during Thursday's practice.
Aug. 21, 2008
Despite the rain which fell earlier in the day, the Florida Atlantic University football team continued pre-season training on Thursday outside the Tom Oxley Athletic Center.
After Wednesday's second intra-squad scrimmage, the focus on Thursday shifted from training for the regular season to beginning the preparation for Texas. The Owls went through seven-on-seven and team drills against the scout teams simulating the Longhorn offense and defense for the first time. Jeff VanCamp took a number of reps with the first team on offense. Rusty Smith also saw some action, and was effective when he got his reps by completing passes to Jamari Grant and Rob Housler. The defense got the first look at Texas' shotgun offense. Edward Bradwell performed well in pass protection, picking off a pass and breaking up a couple of others. Both first teams went against each other at the end of regular practice. Smith completed a long pass to Grant during the brief workout, VanCamp found Grant Glover on a screen which led to a decent gain. Practice concluded with the special teams working on kickoff coverage.
FAU opens the 2008 regular season on August 30 when they travel to face the University of Texas at 7 p.m. EDT. The game will be broadcast on television by Fox Sports Southwest and will available on pay-per-view nationwide to satellite dish owners. The game was also be broadcast on the radio beginning at 6:45 p.m. on WFTL 640 AM, and on the internet at www.fausports.com.
Season and individual game tickets are on sale now. The Owls begin their home schedule against the University of Alabama-Birmingham on Saturday, September 6 at 4 p.m. at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale. It's Youth Day, the first 350 kids to arrive will receive a free FAU football jersey. Children will be able to participate in carnival rides and games, as well as have the opportunity to see Angelica from the Nickelodeon show, "Rugrats." For more information or for tickets, call 1-866-FAU-OWLS.