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NOTES & PHOTOS: 2011 Preseason Scrimmage II - 08-20-11

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NOTES & PHOTOS: 2011 Preseason Scrimmage II - 08-20-11

Another day, another struggle for the offense until it seemed the coaching staff held the dogs back; which allowed for some closing of the gap in the second half.

More fumbles under center, but not so many high snaps. So, at least part of the issue has been remedied it appears.

But, the defense was applying consistent pressure and that disrupted things enough to warrant pick-offs four times. Of course this comes on the heels of last week's five pick performance.

"If you're a defensive football guy it would have been very very intriguing. Being the head coach of the offense and the defense it is bittersweet", said Howard Schnellenberger. "The defense is playing maybe as tough and hard nosed of football as we've played here (at FAU). We're developing more players each day."

But he could not paint such a pretty picture about the current state of the unit in charge of moving the ball down the field.

"The offense continues to shoot themselves in the foot by not being able to do the basic fundamentals of getting the ball back to the quarterback."

Schnellenberger said they will dive into the film heavy tomorrow morning to see if they can figure how to get an "offense that is going to be competitive enough to win."

How's that for motivation?

The QB race has hit a stall with no clear front runner. And Schnellenberger stopped shy of saying that one would be announced 10 days before the game. But he did say he didn't want to announce one today. Don't blame him.

On the other side of the ball, the new 3-4 scheme appears to be paying off nicely, and one has to wonder why it took the team so long to move to it in the first place?

Anyway, on to the photos…



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Re: PHOTOS: 2011 Preseason Scrimmage II - 08-20-11

When Alfred Morris started off down the line it looked like this run would be a TD, but he tipped toed a little to close to the line…and the judge on the right was looking right at it…





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Re: PHOTOS: 2011 Preseason Scrimmage II - 08-20-11

In fact, that spot was getting a lot of attention early on…X dragging along a defender…



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RS RB Willie Floyd made it work though…scampering into the end zone off a pass from David Kooi…

Who is that attached to him? S Cortez Ash, who was back in uniform and present on a lot of plays…



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Re: PHOTOS: 2011 Preseason Scrimmage II - 08-20-11

The QB race didn't enjoy much separation from the front runners…no fireworks from the back-ups either as speculated fourth team QB Stephen Curtis (pictured below) finished out the day 1-of-6 for 8 yards…Nick Bracewell was 2-of-5 for 10 yards.



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Re: PHOTOS: 2011 Preseason Scrimmage II - 08-20-11

One of the reasons for the lack of distance is interceptions, with three of them from suspected front runner Graham Wilbert. Aside from that, a pretty respectable 10-of-16, 2 TD performance.

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Re: PHOTOS: 2011 Preseason Scrimmage II - 08-20-11

S Damian Parms takes one back to the house as the sidelines watches…



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Re: PHOTOS: 2011 Preseason Scrimmage II - 08-20-11

Fellow member of the secondary, Tony Rodriguez (18 below) hawks a ball meant for RB Travis Jones…

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Re: PHOTOS: 2011 Preseason Scrimmage II - 08-20-11

A second later, he's also off to the races…



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Tell me that this looks like a guy who just had hip replacement surgery 10 days ago? Coach welcomes the crowd at the break…



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