Nov. 11, 2000
MIAMI, FL -
Florida Atlantic University's football team got its first glimpse of Pro Player Stadium Saturday afternoon in Miami as the team took part in its eighth scrimmage of the fall. The offense defeated the defense in the facility the Owls will call home beginning next season when the inaugural football team begins intercollegiate play.
"This is a grand-looking stadium, and I wanted our kids to get in here so they're not going to be completely scared to death when they come in here on September 1," said FAU head coach Howard Schnellenberger.
FAU's first season will begin next September when they host Slippery Rock University at Pro Player Stadium.
On the field, it was a breakout day for wide receiver Thomas Parker. The freshman caught nine passes for 248 yards and two touchdowns. It was the biggest day by any FAU receiver during this season of weekly scrimmages. On the ground, Dekolan James ran for two scores on his way to a team-leading 121 yards rushing on 17 carries. Walk-on Jerrid Lundstedt carried the ball 21 times for 103 yards and a touchdown.
In all, FAU ran nearly 140 plays in the scrimmage that lasted over two hours. Jared Allen saw the most action at quarterback, going 11-for-24 for 184 yards. Garrett Jahn went 7-of-16 for 135 yards and had one of the touchdown passes to Parker.
"Overall I'm very pleased how far we've come. I think our quarterbacks have made gigantic strides," said Schnellenberger after the scrimmage. "Several of our receivers now are looking like top-of-the-line receivers. The running backs, though they made some errors, surely have a lot of potential. The defense doesn't have any real stars, but really makes it tough to move the ball consistently."
"I didn't know what to expect, but I'm very pleased with where we are," added Schnellenberger. "I think after our final scrimmage, we'll be quite pleased with where we are in preparation for the next recruiting class and the preparatory spring practice."
Florida Atlantic will take part in its final scrimmage November 18 at 1pm at the Tom
Oxley Practice Field on FAU's Boca Raton campus.