FAU quarterback Stephen Curtis was 10-of-21 passing last season. (Owl Access File Photo)
Getting a shot
Quarterback Stephen Curtis runs the first-team offense on Friday.
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BOCA RATON – Florida Atlantic quarterback Stephen Curtis spent most of Friday's practice running the first team offense.
There hasn't been an official change in the quarterback race. Instead Curtis, considered the Owls' No. 2 quarterback was subbing for No.1 quarterback Graham Wilbert, who was taking an exam..
But Curtis held his own with the starting unit.
“I thought I had a pretty good day,” Curtis said. “I need to work on some small things, but I just need to go into the film room today and see what I need to work on.”
Curtis had nearly caught up with Wilbert by the end of spring practice and is expected to keep competing for the job, which is now a three-way competition with the arrival of junior college transfer Melvin German.
A big part of determining who will be under center is who will handle the installation of the Owls' playbook – what is referred to as the “install” - and grows more intricate each day.
“We'll keep putting it in as fast as they can handle it,” FAU coach Carl Pelini said.
Curtis says he is keeping up with the growing playbook.
“Most of it's a review of what we did in the spring, but every day we get a new play or two thrown our way,” Curtis said.
Hard Knocks at the Ox: Friday at training camp
Making Plays: LB David Hinds has had a solid training camp so far, showing some fast reflexes on a fumble recovery late in practice.
Stepping up: There is plenty of competition at receiver, but Byron Hankerson appears to be right in the mix.
Newcomer watch: With C Jimmie Colley on the sidelines on crutches, JUCO transfer Mustafa Johnson took snaps with the starting unit.
Instant message: “All the quarterbacks got more reps. Everyone was bumped up a notch and they had a good day. We did some good things offensively.”
- FAU coach Carl Pelini