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Practice Notes for 08-26-10

curtiscross08-26-10Florida Atlantic began preparation for their season opener against UAB today, and for the first time in a while did not experience any rainfall.

“It was a good practice and it gives us now five more practices to go before we get on the plane to go up there and it looks like we have a chance of everyone being ready to play or near everybody', said Coach Schnellenberger.

After special teams work began the day, the squad spent time on inside drills before moving in to seven-on-seven.

The defense continued to show crisp play with pass break-ups by Curtis Cross and Marcus Bartels, and INT's from Malik Eugene and Brentley Harstad during 7-on-7's.

Rookie quarterback's Steven Curtis hit fellow freshman WR Marcus Cunningham, while Nick Bracewell connected with TE Alex Deleon.

During team drills Rob Housler had a nice catch and Alex Deleon  pulled one down near the sideline and held onto it despite being sandwiched between two defenders.

CB Tarvoris Hill had a pick with a big return for the defense.

Graham Wilbert had a chance to comment on his first game as the official back-up and the possibility of playing in his first game as an Owl given the plans to rotate him in if game conditions permit.

"I have been working hard and good to know my hard work is paying off", said Wilbert. "David has been working hard too, so it is still a competition.  I am sure it was a tough call for coach."

Schnellenberger agreed.

"Combination of a whole lot of things. Part was athletic ability, part was knowledge of the system, reading signals, general attitude. But it was very close."

Of note: OL Max Karrick was removed from limited status and suited up full go today.

Quick Hits

"The kids have prepared long and hard for this season and for this game and I think they will go up and play hard and be competitive. "

- Schnellenberger on next weeks season opener

"It could be a week to week thing if it works out that way. It is a situation where we made a decision for this game to go that way and then we’ll see what transpires after that."

- Schnellenberger on the solidity of the decision of Wilbert as back-up

The team will be back on the field tomorrow at 3:30 p.m.


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