Aug. 6, 2016
BOCA RATON, Fla. - The Florida Atlantic University football team completed the second day of preseason practice on Saturday with big plays on both sides of the ball.
The Owls were again without pads, and following warmups, the offense completed various pass routes while the defense went through simulated tackle drills. When a 15-minute rain shower came, the teams stayed on the field in position groups, including field goal practice for the special teams.
Following a break, the offense and defense went without linemen for 6-on-6 drills. A highlight in the passing game came when redshirt junior Kalib Woods hauled in a rainbow that was threaded through a tight needle for a 65-yard score. Two defenders came through with breakups: sophomore Herb Miller, who got to the receiver just as the ball did to knock one pass loose, while senior Tevin Homer did the same to prevent a nice leaping catch by wideout Bobby Mitchell.
Just before another batch of players came onto the field, sophomore safety Jalen Young came up with an interception. On offense, newcomer John Mitchell skied to pull down a reception, and fellow freshman Devin Singletary took a swing pass out of the backfield for good yardage. Another pass breakup came courtesy of senior DB Lester Thomas.
Later, the squads went to work on full 11-on-11 drives. Running backs Gregory Howell, Jr. and James Charles each got loose and into the secondary; on another long run, defender DJ Juste punched the ball loose to force a would-be turnover. 6-3 freshman defensive end Leighton McCarthy batted down a pass attempt at the line, and Homer pulled in an interception after his earlier pass deflection.
Monday's third practice will be the first with media availability, for the final 20 minutes, and head coach Charlie Partridge will be available afterwards. There again will be no pads Monday or the following day, with the first day of full pads scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 10. The countdown to the 2016 season opener continues, at home on 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.