Sep. 2, 2000
BOCA RATON, FL -
In a year of first, the Florida Atlantic University football team reached yet another milestone Tuesday afternoon. For the first time, the inaugural football team went through a full-contact practice in pads.
"The team took the field with a new enthusiasm today with anticipation of their first contact in pads," said FAU head coach Howard Schnellenberger. "In all, 117 players took part in full speed drills as well as blocking and support drills."
Though their techniques left a lot to be desired, the enthusiasm and effort was high. It took us to the next level of football practice," said Schnellenberger.
The number of players at Tuesday's practice including kickers and punters, totaled 125.
"Nobody quit. Nobody was injured. For that we are thankful," said Schnellenberger. "We are pleased with our first contact session."
FAU will continue practice each afternoon for the remainder of the week as they prepare for yet another first on Saturday.
"Similar practice is on tap for tomorrow," said Schnellenberger. "Skull sessions will be the order of the day on Wednesday. Then, Thursday and Friday's practices will prepare us for our first controlled scrimmage Saturday morning."
FAU will begin a series of weekly intrasquad scrimmages September 23. The scrimmage will be followed by a barbecue and celebrity roast of Schnellenberger.