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Florida Atlantic's running backs had such a good scrimmage Tuesday that it
prompted coach Howard Schnellenberger to break
"I usually don't do this, but I was really pleased. They may be as
productive as running backs as we have had along the way," said Schnellenberger, who rarely praises individuals this
early in preseason.
squirted through some pretty small holes and arms, things that good, tough
backs do," Schnellenberger said about redshirt freshmen Charlies
Pierre and DiIvory Edgecomb
and sophomore B.J. Manley.
Schnellenberger had plenty of chances to watch the
running game, as FAU ran 74 times while throwing 36 passes in its first
Pierre had 31
carries for 80 yards, Edgecomb eight for 38 and
Manley 16 for 52.
"Everyone went out there and did their assignments," said Edgecomb, who said he felt he was only average. "In
the next scrimmage hopefully I will come out and look a lot better."
Quarterback Danny Embick also had a good
performance, completing 12 of 16 passes with one touchdown.
"It was awesome for us," Embick said.
"The offensive line took care of business.
"The [running] backs were soldiers out there."
Embick showed his scrambling skills, as did backup McKinson Soverain, who rushed
for two short touchdowns and was 6 of 12 passing for 56 yards with one
The leading receiver was freshman Jason Harmon, who had four catches for 41
Manley had three catches for 28 yards coming out of the backfield.
"The defense should have been better," Schnellenberger
Junior defensive back Troy Pindell agreed.
"We have some experience, but the guys are pretty young. We just have to
learn to work together as a team," said Pindell,
a starting safety who had a fumble recovery in the scrimmage.
Defensive coordinator Kirk Hoza said things should
change Saturday when FAU holds its second scrimmage.
"It was pretty vanilla today. I think we'll add a few wrinkles the next
time," Hoza said.
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