OwlBytes: 2019 FAU Football Fall Camp - August 2nd
On a rainy morning in Boca Raton, FAU Football took the field first for their first day of 2019 fall camp. It was fitting that the Owls had at least the first hour in camp to get some reps in with a wet football and non-ideal weather conditions.
Players wore just helmets today as the team is just getting their feet wet for the 2019 season and will have to go through a mandatory acclimation period per NCAA guidelines.
- Tempo, Tempo, Tempo As FAU fans have seen during Lane Kiffin`s tenure at FAU the offense is going to move fast, very fast. One of the main themes we have seen the past two years is an emphasis on racing back to the ball to keep the defense off balance. "You got to know all the moving parts, what everyone is doing in a short period of time. It takes a lot of pride and a lot of studying", QB Nick Tronti told the media after practice concluded.
- Saftey Ahman Ross opens with the first team defense In team drills towards the end of the practice Ross jogged out with the first team. He's is one of the stars of Lane Kiffin`s inaugural recruiting class back in 2017. The Jacksonville native was featured mostly at nickel today, his quick hips allow him the versatility to play in a center field role or close to the line.
- Don't expect to hear a starter named at QB anytime soon As Lane Kiffin mentioned today, "The last time we had an incoming starter we went 7-6, maybe the competition is good". This was in reference to his 2012 season at USC with QB Matt Barkley. A starting quarterback has not been named until just before kickoff in his two years in at FAU. First team reps were relatively split today between between Tronti, Chris Robison and Agner. It is likely the battle will carry on until the Owls arrive in Columbus.
- ATH DeAnte Nelson One of the higher rated signees from this most recent cycle, the newcomer took snaps at DB today. It is not clear what role he will have in the secondary. It will be interesting to see his role become more defined during camp.
- Talent at WR The new additions to the Owls WR room could cause trouble for opposing defenses in the upcoming season. Charlie Weis Jr. and his offensive staff have many new tools in the tool box. The position now features more explosion in Rahsaan Lewis (UCF transfer), DeAngelo Antoine (USF Transfer) and true freshmen Romain Mungin. There is more size with the additions of possession wideouts in 6-3" JUCO transfer Terique Owens and 6-3" freshman Eyin Cole (photo above).
- Play of the day The best offensive connection today was between QB Nick Tronti and WR Ronald Patterson who connected on three long pass plays.
Chris Robison was quite candid regarding his return to the roster, as his turn during post session presser action noted. Coach Kiffin's comments round out our day, be sure to crank the headset on your device for this one given the lack of a speaker in the interview area.
The team will be back on the field tomorrow morning at for the second day of fall camp starting at 9:15 AM.