Howard Schnellenberger is hopes to even FAU's record at 2-2 this weekend
Sept. 17, 2003
"Again, we are looking down the barrel of a program that has been traditionally sound and has played championship football for years. It's a program that has produced national championships and Division I-A coaches. In the last five years, they haven't gone out of house (hiring a new coach), but have brought a guy along that has produced the same enviable result.
This will be as well drilled team as Valdosta and a much more physical team than Valdosta. They put it to us running the football and throwing a little bit to keep us off balanced (A year ago). YSU will run off tackle and at times, they will have more offensive linemen in the game than the law should allow. They play a winged back and blocking back. At times it looks like they have a quarterback, a ball carrier and the rest look like 300 pound linemen.
So we have to play a physical football game, win the battle in the trenches, stay lower and have a leverage position. From an offensive stand point, they caused havoc last year. I believe we had more sacks than any other game. We were disjointed and really only scored 10 points. They have a real leg up on us. Our kids coming off game, our players have pleasant memories and an understanding that they didn't play well enough to win and played well enough they could have won on that night and didn't get it.
Happy to be playing a D I-AA opponent
"It doesn't matter what level they are. A football team is a football team. We keep getting these championship teams on our schedule, purposefully of course. A win would get us to 500 and to only one more game on the road which would put us in position to have an outstanding year.
Opponents' passing game as a deterrent.
"Everything about YSU is a deterrent. They came out last time and dominated us with a running game and after they got a head of us they decided they would dabble in the pass and had success there. Only after we got 10 points did they return to smash mouth football.
On Jared Allen
"He has developed a degree of confidence in his front six as well as his backs to protect his throwing pocket. That has allowed him to gaze down the field for his keys and find his receivers better. We are doing all of that in a lot quicker time than we have in the past and it has made all the difference in the world. In practice, we now use a stop watch with a horn on it that we pre-set for each passing play called. The fact that he is getting reasonable protection has allowed him to do what good quarterbacks do and that is get back, get set-up and be oblivious as to what is happening on the line. If you ever lose that obliviousness to protection you get into a terrible syndrome of running, looking for an escape route when it is unnecessary.
Attitude of the team
"I'm ecstatic about the team they have brought the good fight to the games this season and I don't think they are going to stop."
"They are physical team, but we are well coached and have prepared to play. We have played better on the road this season so I think we will go out prepared to play a good game."
About confidence and hard early season schedule
"We are never set. We can always get better. We have prepared well and should be ready for whatever the rest of the season holds."
"You don't get as much out of a moral victory as a real victory, but playing at that level of competition lets us know that we can play with anyone and it gives us a confidence going into games."
Frustrated by lack of consistency
"It's not something that we are used to because we have only had one, but we practice hard and work on it so the consistency isn't frustrating. We work on the things we do wrong and the things we do right to get ready for our next game. The important thing is to stay focused."
YSU Coach Jon Heacock
"We are a young team. Not near as veteran as we were a year ago. We have a lot of young kids playing. I really like the attitude and their efforts so far. We have had to scramble around with injuries on the offensive line. Like everybody else, we are trying to get better every day.
One two Punch of Mike Burns and Josh Cayson
"Josh is a guy that sat out for us a year ago as a partial qualifier. They are both local. Josh is a smaller guy and Mike is a bigger thicker guy who was a high school fullback. He has developed into a good tailback.
"FAU has improved tremendously. They are a ton better, I don't even think it is close. Again, I wish I had guys that had played for us for three years. I would love to have that group.
On Jared Allen
"What a player. He delivers the ball, he is smart and the guys coaching him know what they are doing. Give them credit. They have done a great job and he is talented."
Taking advantage of FAU's Secondary
"We are throwing it a little more because we have two quarterbacks that have played for a year. Maybe we are throwing it more just more efficiently."