FAU Football Wednesday Practice Report

Aug. 22, 2007


The Florida Atlantic University football team decided to forego its three-a-day schedule and hold a situational scrimmage on Wednesday afternoon.

Both the offense and defense went deep into the playbook during the scrimmage. There were highlights on both sides. Defensively, lineman John Mertilus and cornerback Tavoris Hill were able to come up with interceptions that they took all the way back for touchdowns. On offense, B.J. Manley took an option pitch around the left side 20 yards for a score during red zone drills. The end of the practice was spent on the two-minute drill. Quarterback Sean Clayton made the most of his time, hitting tight end Jamari Grant over the middle for a 35-yard touchdown. For Head Coach Howard Schnellenberger, emptying the playbook helps keep his team focused.

"In order to get them ready for 12 play or 14 play drives, we've got to get them prepared by running 20 play drives," said Schnellenberger.

The Owls practice tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. Practice is open to the public. Season and individual game tickets are on sale name as FAU kicks off its 2007 season against Sun-Belt co-champion Middle Tennessee State on Saturday, September 1st at 4 p.m. at Lockhart Stadium. For ticket information, call the FAU ticket office at 1-866-FAU-OWLS.