Sep. 1, 2000
BOCA RATON, FL -
While most folks are preparing for the extended three-day Labor day weekend, Howard Schnellenberger and his inaugural Florida Atlantic University football team will be on the practice field Saturday. The two-and-a half hour session will be the team's final one without pads.
Friday's practice at the Tom Oxley Field on FAU's Boca Raton campus was the third consecutive day with numbers fewer than the previous day.
"We were down to 132 players today, after releasing more walk-ons," said Schnellenberger.
We had another delightful afternoon for practice, and the players responded by giving us their all to have a good practice," commented Schnellenberger after practice.
The area we need to make gains in is consistent receiving. Our wideouts and backs are having problems catching the ball, while the tight ends are going very well, said Schnellenberger.
Tomorrow will be our last cerebral-only practice before we put full pads on Tuesday," said Schnellenberger on Saturday's practice.
"Someone reminded me that Monday was a national holiday so we had to make an adjustment in our normal routine so we could pay respect to the working stiffs."
By practicing in the morning, it allows the guys to find a television so they can watch some college football," said Schnellenberger.
FAU will practice Saturday morning at 10 am before taking both Sunday and Monday off. They will then participate in their first practice with pads Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 pm.