Hours after Conference USA announced, and the school confirmed, that spring practice would begin on March 12, the Owls changed their minds – and the date – to March 19.
FAU had been trying to decide between April 13 and April 20 for the spring game. As of 6:50 p.m. on Tuesday the Owls are sticking with the originally announced date of April 13, but there’s no reason that date might not change, too.
While FAU has yet to announce the full schedule, in past seasons FAU practiced on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.
The NCAA allows for 15 spring practices, giving schools five weeks from the first practice to complete spring camp.
To fit all 15 practices between March 19 and April 13, the Owls would have to alter their previous schedule and practice four times in a week, or hold practices after the spring game.
FAU is entering its third spring camp under Lane Kiffin. The Owls are coming off a disappointing 5-7 season.
Five early signees in the Owls 2019 signing class, linebacker Diamante Howard, defensive back Dwight Toombs, wide receiver Adrian Bryant, tackle Lavante Epson and running back B.J. Emmons are already attending classes at FAU and will be eligible to participate in spring drills.
Emmons, who began his career at Alabama when Kiffin was the Tide’s offensive coordinator, will have the early opportunity to replace Devin Singletary, who declared for the NFL draft following his junior season. Singletary, wide receiver Jovon Durante and linebacker Azeez Al-Shaair are the three former Owls who will take part in the NFL’s scouting combine over the next few days in Indianapolis.
Running back Kerrith Whyte also elected to forego his final year of eligibility and declare for the draft. Tyrek Tisdale and Malcolm Davidson are expected to be Emmons’ primary competitors this spring. FAU also signed of slew of talented backs on National Signing Day earlier this month, but not of them will arrive before the summer.
Spring practices could also mark the start of another FAU quarterback battle, with Indiana transfer Nick Tronti challenging incumbent Chris Robison for the lead role. FAU brought junior college transfer Justin Agner into the fold in January as a walk on. Agner started for Kent St. against Penn St. as a true freshman in 2016 but never saw the field again for the Flashes after suffering a knee injury in that game.
Kiffin led FAU to an 11-3 record and the Conference USA title in 2017, his first as an Owl.