Nov. 11, 2009
BOCA RATON, FL - Florida Atlantic University's football team returned to the field Wednesday, but switched things up a bit by removing the shoulder pads, primarily to prevent injuries to a depleted squad.
FAU's practice was originally moved up one hour, without classes scheduled on Veteran's Day. Rain delayed the start and moved the team to the track complex. The day began with kick-off and coverage. The team also worked on individual skills and finished the installation of the run and passing game plan. Practice ended with team drills and special team work.
FAU will return to the practice field 3:30 p.m. Thursday on the Tom Oxley Athletic Fields. All practices are free and open to the public.
Coach Schnellenberger began with an injury report
I have taken off the shoulder pads for practice today. Tomorrow we will practice a normal Thursday which is already without shoulder pads and more of situations.
Those that are well, like I said yesterday, practiced well. And, I think they are ascending back up the ladder of enthusiasm and confidence and will be where they will be on game day.
Obviously, we look forward to getting on the field and getting one more time, one more time for the next four.
What do you think you will see?
They will start their starting quarterback for the last three years, the guy that was tied with Rusty (Smith) for preseason player of the year.
On Jeff Van Camp and Difference after first start.
I think his start and performance was very helpful to him and the offensive team, the team and to me. We all had confidence that this is what would happen. He played a winning game.
Curtis Cross, DB, R-So, Belle Glades, FL
On the possibility of starting in the place of Tarvoris Hill, on Saturday. The coaches are trying things, trying new athletes and new positions to get it all to come together and really work well as a defense.
Jamari Grant, TE, Jacksonville, FL
Offense under Jeff Van Camp
Our offense hasn't missed a step with Rusty gone. Jeff knows the plays and we have a lot of confidence in him. He did a great job.
There defense is basic. They have a great front four, front seven which makes the jobs of the secondary easy. That is the way it should be. This will be my fourth time to play against them and they will be very physical up front. We will have to play hard every down. -------------------------
Armed Force Appreciation, Saturday, November 14
FAU Athletics Department will recognize local military personnel in honor of Armed Force Appreciation and FPU Energy Conservation Day during its football game against Arkansas State University on Saturday, November 14 at 4 p.m. at Lockhart Stadium in Fort Lauderdale. All individuals with military identification will receive admission to the game for $7. Visit fausports.com for more information. -------------------------
Head Coach Howard Schnellenberger will take part in the FAU Sportspage Radio show at Miller's Ale House, Thursday, November 12. ESPN760 is the Flagship station for both the FAU Sportspage and all game day coverage. Happy Hour will begin at 5 p.m. -------------------------