Tuesday, August 23, 2005
BOCA RATON — With starting tight end Dantson Dareus out with a sore knee until at least Wednesday, Florida Atlantic has been looking for other players to help at the position.
The Owls think they might have
found a tight end who can contribute immediately in junior Demetrious
Murray, a transfer from Garden City (
"The practices move kind of quick," said Murray, who reported to FAU a few days after training camp started. "I've learned a lot faster by getting in the practices instead of just watching. They are moving me along pretty fast."
At 6-feet-2, 210-pounds,
"He's a mature kid," Owls coach Howard Schnellenberger said. "He's lifted a lot of weights, is strong and fits right in with our offense."
Murray, who has clocked a
4.4-second 40-yard dash, played receiver at Miami-Carol City High before going
to Garden City, where he practiced but didn't play, and was planning to play at
"I heard FAU was looking
at me, so I just decided to come home, because I was hearing about this program
on the rise,"
Steel will: With so many players injured, the Owls have been busy implementing ways for players who don't practice to stay busy.
Monday's workout introduced a different line of exercise equipment — beer kegs.
Several players who were held out of practice spent their afternoon hoisting two empty kegs on the Oxley Practice Fields.
"They (will) get well faster that way or they might end up on a beer truck," Schnellenberger said.
Noteworthy: Several players missed practice or were late Monday because it was the first day of classes. Monday is the team's usual rest day and many players have scheduled extra classes that day.