German cleared to practice, others not so lucky
Quarterback Melvin German has been cleared to practice and will be participating when the FAU takes the field for its first practice on Wednesday.
One of the most highly acclaimed members of FAU's 2012 recruiting class, German has completed his junior college coursework and is already in Boca Raton.
The likelihood that German would be able to join the Owls when they start fall camp has been a popular discussion among FAU fans this summer. FAU coaches have said all along that they were not concerned about German's ability to make it to FAU. It appears they were correct.
German, who finished first or second in passing yards at the junior college level during his two seasons at Pearl River Community College, should immediately become a factor in the race to become the Owls' opening game quarterback. He'll be battling senior incumbent Graham Wilbert and redshirt sophomore Stephen Curtis.
While German will be attending the first practice, some other members of the Owls' 2012 still have some question marks.
Coaches believe Eastern Arizona Linebacker Adarius Glanton is close to being cleared to practice, but there is still some paperwork that needs to be approved. Once in camp, Glanton will be in the battle to start at linebacker.
Pompano-Ely wide receiver Adrian Burton is also waiting to be cleared. FAU coaches hope to have a clearer understanding as to when Burton can report by Friday. The Owls are hoping Burton can compete for playing time at slot receiver as a true freshman.
Miami-Braddock running back Jarvon Anderson also will not be at camp on Wednesday. It's likely Anderson will miss the entire pre-season camp but could report at the start of the fall semester.
Of the players FAU signed for 2012, only cornerback Tony Grimes and defensive end James Mathis have officially been released from their NLI. FAU backed away from Grimes after a reported brush with the law. He is expected to attend Hawaii. Mathis is expected to enroll in junior college.
FAU hits the practice field at 6:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Practices are closed to the media and the public.