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Fall Practice Notes for 08-15-10



FAU started its second three-a-day of fall camp Sunday morning shortly after 8:15 a.m. with some special teams and individual position work.

Rod Payne and his strength staff stretched the players out for the first half hour of the workout before Head Coach Howard Schnellenberger ran the players through a series of sprints.

The punt team got some early work in, with both Mickey Groody and Ross Gornall handling the duties. Freshman safety Cortez Ash blocked a few kicks and was applying pressure as well.

The team then underwent 45-minutes of position and 1-on-1ís drills between player groupings before breaking.

Senior free safety Ed Alexander had a leaping interception in the dayís second practice. Brentley Harstad, who is vying for the same position, ended the same drill with an INT.

Seven-on-seven drills saw senior Jeff Van Camp connect on back-to-back long passes to Avery Holley and Lester Jean. Graham Wilbert stepped in under center and connected with DeAndre Richardson over the middle. When it was Van Campís turn again he hit Rob Housler for 20 yards, Holley for 30 and once more to Holley in the back of the end zone on a crossing pattern.

"He looked like he had fresh legs, and he made some nice catches", Schnellenberger said of Holley's return.

The day's late session saw the same beginning as the first, but focused more on team work.

"Obviously the defense is under a new leadership, and an infusion of players that have the ability to play in the secondary, linebacker, and defensive line positions", said Howard Schnellenberger. "They continue to make improvement. †The offense has a double whammy, they have to overcome new players playing the center position, and contend with an improving defense."

Sam McRoy, Andy Czuprinski, Mike Nweze, Joseph Bailey and Chris Newbold comprised the first team for the offensive line.

There were a number of snap problems, including three over the quarterbacks head, one fumbled snap, and one to the right of center.

"We continue to work on that, it's going to be a problem for a while", said Schnellenberger. "It's not the easiest thing for a guard or a tackle to suddenly get into snap the ball and †do it very accurately when they got big defensive guys beating on their head."

When asked, Schnellenberger did confirm that they are still expecting to have two of the three injured centers back - Ryan Houston and Jimmie Colley.

But today Mike Nweze was working there. Schnellenberger also made a point of it to mention that the team does not necessarily have to rely on the gun and could move to a split-t formation to allow for more work under center than in the gun; which is the error prone formation right now.

Chris Jackson issued a perfectly executed block in the back field on Daniel Joseph and received some serious praise from running back coach David Serna, who ran over to Jackson embracing him in vocal and physical fashion. Jackson immediately responded a play or so later with a nice run, saying that type of acknowledgment helps to motivate him.

"Whenever stuff like that happens it makes you feel real good", said Jackson. "It's not often he does things like that, so when he does it mean's a lot."

But Jackson wasn't the only one who ran the ball a ways, with Alfred Morris taking one to the house during team drill thanks to a gaping hole up the right side.

The squad then moved into situationals for a series of downs before before Tarvoris Hill's INT during the two minute drill drew things to a close for the afternoon.


Quick hits:

Jeff Blanchard and Willie Floyd appear to be the favorites for kick-off returns, with Avery Holley and Tavious Polo set for punts.

Curtis Cross and David Hinds each had had interceptions during teams drills.


Injury Updates:

Max Karrick and Erik Hansen were held out of today's work due to illness.

Toney Moore did not participate.


The team will hold only one session tomorrow with a 3:30 p.m. scheduled start time.
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Re: Fall Practice Notes for 08-15-10

Rick,

How is the team looking compared to this time last year? I am mostly curious about the defense do you see improvements from any individuals out there?
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Re: Fall Practice Notes for 08-15-10

I do like having Blanchard returning KO's….was hoping for some fresh blood on punt returns.
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owlmart said

Rick,

How is the team looking compared to this time last year? I am mostly curious about the defense do you see improvements from any individuals out there?

Have to consider the fact that they are playing against a unit that is rebuilding in some key areas…

Even so, they are playing better as a group. In particular the secondary and LB core. Alex Pattee and David Hinds come to mind.

A name that you might hear more about in due time is Martin Wright - a walk on at DE…he was putting the moves on yesterday.

It is definitely safe to say that the D will be the strength of the team going into the first game…which you could not say last season.

They do look better than last year at this time…
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Rick said

owlmart said

Rick,

How is the team looking compared to this time last year? I am mostly curious about the defense do you see improvements from any individuals out there?

Have to consider the fact that they are playing against a unit that is rebuilding in some key areas…

Even so, they are playing better as a group. In particular the secondary and LB core. Alex Pattee and David Hinds come to mind.

A name that you might hear more about in due time is Martin Wright - a walk on at DE…he was putting the moves on yesterday.

It is definitely safe to say that the D will be the strength of the team going into the first game…which you could not say last season.

They do look better than last year at this time…
Thats good to hear, last year was such a disappointment on defense a lot of it was just fundamental mistakes it would be nice to see our corners tackle correctly also the Dc should install some blitz packages as well as let the corners play tight instead of 10 yards back.† I really cant wait for the first game against UAB
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Re: Fall Practice Notes for 08-15-10

The whole D is better than last year As stated by Lockley, Polo and the rest of the much maglinged D of 2009. " Fau will go bowling again in twenty ten."
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burrowing said

The whole D is better than last year As stated by Lockley, Polo and the rest of the much maglinged D of 2009. " Fau will go bowling again in twenty ten."

What about the offense?
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burrowing said

much maglinged D of 2009. " Fau will go bowling again in twenty ten."

I like this…….

"Maligned in 2009"

"Bowling again in 2010"

A tale of two seasons.

Let's Hope so.
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Re: Fall Practice Notes for 08-15-10

Way to go Rick!! Get on the rhyme train. "Much maligned in 2009", " Bowling again in TWENTY TEN". That's the new Van V'S D'S ATTITUDE. The OFFENSE will get there also, Mr. FAUOWL.
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burrowing said

Way to go Rick!! Get on the rhyme train. "Much maligned in 2009", " Bowling again in TWENTY TEN". That's the new Van V'S D'S ATTITUDE. The OFFENSE will get there also, Mr. FAUOWL.

Right on!† Who needs to be good as long as we rhyme† ;)† If that works, I'm all for it.
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