March 26, 2001
BOCA RATON - A sense of urgency could be felt as the 90+ players took to the football field for Florida Atlantic University's first spring practice.
"We have asked the players to put their best foot forward," said Howard Schnellenberger, FAU's Director of Football Operations and Head Coach. "Time is precious for us. We need to work hard on each snap and make progress on every play and at every practice."
Unlike the fall where the team was like no other team in the country, preparing each week only to scrimmage themselves, when FAU took the field Monday, it was just like any other college team in the country, preparing for its first game of 2001.
"This team has developed physically in the weight room, despite being young, it is nice to be a normal program, getting ready for the first game of 2001," said Jared Allen. "We don't have many practices before our first game. Everything needs to be focused."
While this team and this program is a work in progress, each player knows they are part of history.
"We are setting the tone," said Doug Parker. "We are working hard to prepare for
Slippery Rock. As a local player, it is important to build a program where other local players will
come here and will say `I want to play where Doug and AJ (Anthony Jackson) played."