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Back- QB issues, 8/25 Scrimmage

My Take: I've said it too many times before. Schnelly likes the pocket passers. Too many times Embick would leave the pocket and he'd have coaches on him. The kid can produce on the run but Schnelly is Old school and hasn't adjusted to the Mike Vick era yet.
Embick may not be guaranteed the spot next year. I still say Souverain will have to convert to another position if he wants to see the field at FAU.



A better day for the offense

By Ted Hutton
Staff Writer
Posted August 26 2004

BOCA RATON ? Florida Atlantic's offense needed a confidence boost and got one when coach Howard Schnellenberger pitted the first team against the second team during most of Wednesday's scrimmage.

"The ones won," Schnellenberger said. "We wanted to encourage some success, and we did that."

Running back Doug Parker scored on a short touchdown run on the first series, and tight end Anthony Crissinger-Hill caught a pass for another score as the offense looked much sharper than it had in the previous two scrimmages.

"We were a little more crisp," quarterback Jared Allen said. "It went well."

Crissinger-Hill missed Saturday's scrimmage with a sore shoulder but came back and got open for the touchdown and had several other receptions as he was again Allen's favorite target.

"We did some good things, but not a lot of great things," Crissinger-Hill said. "We have to make a lot more plays and be more consistent."

When the ones squared off against the ones late in the scrimmage, the defense came out on top.

"I'm not concerned about that," Schnellenberger said. "When defenses that have been together a long time go against offenses that have been together a long time, it's always the defense that does the best."

FAMILIAR FACE

No. 99 was back on the field Wednesday for FAU.

Defensive lineman Ramon Rickards had quit the team last week, but asked for and received a reinstatement from Schnellenberger.

"I'm just happy to be back," said Rickards, assigned to the scout team until FAU returns from Hawaii. "I start from the bottom and have to work my way back up."

Rickards said he quit on the spur of the moment, then realized he had made a mistake.

"I've been around here these last four years, and it's kind of hard to turn it in and just leave the last year. So I thought I would come back out and give it another go," Rickards said.

THIRD QB

With Allen set as the starting quarterback and Danny Embick as backup, redshirt freshman Dane Hansen and true freshman McKinson Souverain are battling for the third spot.

After Wednesday's scrimmage, Schnellenberger said Hansen has the edge.

"In all probability it will be Hansen to start out with and then we'll see how it goes from there," he said.

That means Souverain, who is from Delray Beach and played at Atlantic High, will be redshirted, at least for now.

Hansen (6-2, 195) is a pocket passer like Allen, while Souverain (6-0, 173) is a scrambler like Embick.

TV TIME

Schnellenberger is the subject of a new Sunshine Network feature called Under The Lights.

The show promises an inside look at Schnellenberger and FAU's football program, and how Schnellenberger built it into a Division I-AA playoff team in three years and is now moving the program to I-A in its fourth.

The show premieres at 7:30 p.m. Friday and repeats at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, 5:30 p.m. Sunday and 4 and 10 p.m. Monday.


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