Errict Rhett Jr., son of the former NFL running back with the same name, joined the Owls in the spring semester.
A running back at Davie-Western and Cooper City high schools, Rhett played wide receiver for FAU on Tuesday.
The elder Rhett was a star running back for the Florida Gators in the 1990s before embarking on a seven-year NFL career that included stints with Tampa Bay. Baltimore and Cleveland.
Front and Center: Tarrick Thomas gets the first chance to replace All-Conference USA center Antonyo Woods.
A guard by nature, Thomas has minimal experience snapping the football, and it showed on Tuesday. Like Woods last year, Thomas fired several wayward snaps.
“We’ll have to fix that,” coach Lane Kiffin said.
Richard Williams, the Owls backup center last season, was not present at practice. The reason for his absence is unclear.
Redshirt freshman B. J. Etienne began spring practice as the starting left guard, the spot occupied last year by All-Conference USA selection Roman Fernandez. William Tuihalamaka was the starting right guard. He backed up the graduated Jakobi Smith there last season.
Cameron Impresses: Defensive tackle Charles Cameron from Copiah-Lincoln Community College is the lone member of the Owls’ 2018 signing class currently in camp. He enjoyed a strong first day working primarily with the second team.
“He made a lot of plays out there,” Kiffin said.