First line of defense

A lot of FAU’s success this year will hinge on how well the defensive line prepares and it looks like there is extra attention given to the Owls’ front in training camp.

During practice earlier this week, defensive coordinator Kirk Hoza, who also coaches the FAU defensive backs took the unusual step of leaving his unit to watch the ends and tackles go through a series of drills. Obviously it makes things easier on his defensive backs and the defense in general if the line plays well.

Also FAU purchased a device that looks like a trampoline that is utilized to keep the linemen low to the ground. The Owls have run a few drills under this contraption and it looks like it is paying off as the players are indeed getting low.

When I walked into the Oxley Athletic Center Saturday the first thing I saw was defensive end Josh Pinnick and defensive tackle Josh Savidge asleep on the couches in the lobby an hour or two before practice. What that shows is that Pinnick and Savidge are on campus so often they would just rather save time and catch little naps instead of heading back to their beds at home.

These days players have to grab rest when they can get it. It reminds me during two-a-days when assistant coaches would sleep overnight in their offices instead of driving home and back in the span of just a few hours. I should have snapped a picture of Pinnick and Savidge to show anyone who thinks pre-season training camp is easy. These guys are practicing - and meeting - so much, sleep is at a premium.

3…2…1…Contact: The Owls donned shoulder pads today and had their first day of limited contact. Not surprisingly the injury list grew.

Pinnick sprained an ankle late in Sunday’s practice and is listed as day-to-day. Backup offensive lineman Brandon Jackson was limited Sunday after taking an IV on Saturday for dehydration. Freshman reserve defensive lineman Jarvis Givens, the Owls’ top recruit in camp after running back Xavier Stinson decided not to enroll until January, sprained his wrist and is also day-to-day. And one player practiced Sunday, but was bit banged up Saturday was tight end Mike Wilds. Wilds hurt his shoulder, and it doesn’t sound serious, but Wilds has been injury-prone throughout his career, so he will be watched closely.

Quick Hooters: A television crew from the Dutch TV Series “Try Before You Die” is scheduled to be at FAU’s Tom Oxley Practice Fields today. A host will be going through drills with the Owls for a segment on the reality show on what it’s like to be a football player. …Former FAU pitcher Tim Harikkala made his first start since 1996 in Colorado’s 6-3 victory vs. Chicago on Sunday. He went 3.1 innings, allowed three runs on nine hits was re-assigned to the minors after the game