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FAU tight end Nexon Dorvilus is congratulated by receiver William Dukes after scoring a touchdown in Friday's game vs. FIU. (Photo courtesy of Owl Pix)

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Looking ahead

With an open week, Florida Atlantic will look to giving some of the players who redshirted this season a jump on spring practice.

Originally published on 11/19/2012

by Marcus Nelson

Florida Atlantic's practices this week may give a sneak peak at 2013's spring drills.

With an open date Saturday, FAU will be taking a bigger look at the future during practice this week.

The Owls have some extra time to prepare for its game on Dec. 1 vs. Louisiana-Lafayette in their final game of the 2012 season and FAU coach Carl Pelini will use this week's practices to examine some of the younger players who didn't play this season.

“I think we're going spend the week working on fundamentals, especially with our younger guys," Pelini said Monday. "We'll get our redshirts more involved, maybe actually running our offense. We'll maybe do a little scrimmaging for the younger guys at the same time we begin our preparations for Lafayette. We'll try to use it to our advantage as much as possible.”

The Owls are coming off a bitter 34-24 loss Friday to rival Florida International in what will likely be the final Shula Bowl for a few years. The loss dropped FAU to 3-8 and 2-5 in the Sun Belt Conference.

Louisiana-Lafayette will play host to South Alabama on Saturday before facing FAU the next week. The Ragin' Cajuns (6-4, 4-2) are already bowl eligible and are looking to improve its resume to grab a bowl slot.

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