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Football Team Pared Down as Practice Intensifies

Aug. 31, 2000


The first wave of cuts hit the Florida Atlantic University football team Thursday as the first week of practice continued for the inaugural squad. About 140 players were at Thursday afternoon's practice. In all, FAU head coach Howard Schnellenberger said between 15 and 30 players were let go.

"The squad was pared down before today's practice," said Schnellenberger. "Some were released while others decided they weren't going to make the team and dropped out on their own."

Thursday's practice also was the first to feature both passing and rushing plays.

"Before practice, we held our first true football meeting," said Schnellenberger. "That doesn't include our walk-through Monday in the gymnasium. As a result, I thought the offense and the defense did well in running the three passing and two rushing plays we put in."

While Wednesday's practice saw several players suffer muscle pulls, Schnellenberger was especially pleased with the way the team bounced back on Thursday.

"Several of the guys that had pulled muscles yesterday had a miraculous recovery today as they were able to sprint off the field after practice," said Schnellenberger. "It must have been a result of divine healing."

Quarterback Mario Fernandez, who missed Wednesday's practice due to strep throat, was back in action Thursday.



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