BOCA RATON · A rash of injuries prompted Florida Atlantic to turn
Saturday's scheduled scrimmage into a short, no-tackle affair.
Coach Howard Schnellenberger said he counted 22
players with injuries and decided a full-contact scrimmage would do more
harm than good.
"We had to call an audible
and get as much out of the practice we could," said Schnellenberger, who said he might have given the team
the day off if Saturday had not been Fan Fest, which attracted several
With the season opener at Kansas
two weeks away, Schnellenberger said he is hoping
that enough players will be back to have a final scrimmage Tuesday.
"The next two weeks are very important to us," Schnellenberger said. "We have to get the guys
that are going to play the game as much work as we can."
While the list of injured players is long, only one, offensive lineman
Brandon Jackson, is expected to be out for the Kansas game, Schnellenberger
One player who has returned from an injury was disappointed about the
"I was kind of mad about it," said middle linebacker Shomari Earls. "Everyone was ready to come out and
showcase what they had been doing."
Earls missed more than a week of practice with a hamstring injury before
"It makes sense," quarterback Danny Embick
said about the change, though he said the team did not get a lot out of the
Embick is hoping the injury list shrinks quickly
and said "We'll be ready [for Kansas]
as long as we have enough guys come back."
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