Upperclassmen happy to give freshmen an extra bit of instruction

By Ted Hutton
Staff Writer
Posted August 9 2005

 

BOCA RATON It wasn't just the coaches who were teaching players during Florida Atlantic's practice Monday.

"We got the freshmen in order and made sure they are getting everything right," said offensive lineman Nello Faulk.

Faulk is a junior, making him an elder statesman on a team as green as the fields on which it practiced.

"We did a lot of learning today. Overall it was good. No, excellent," Faulk said.

Coach Howard Schnellenberger didn't go quite that far, but he was also pleased with what he saw, especially the incoming freshmen.

"It's obvious to me coaches have done a good job of evaluating and signing talent. It was very encouraging," he said after the three-hour practice.

The team will not be in full pads until Friday, when Schnellenberger said it will be time for another evaluation.

Faulk knows FAU faces a challenge as it plays its first full Division I-A schedule with such an inexperienced team.

"But just because we're young doesn't mean we can't play ball. We just have to stay positive, especially since we are so young," Faulk said.

OFF THE ROSTER

Roderick Ferguson, one of FAU's top recruits, will be going to junior college instead of joining the Owls. He rushed for 1,025 yards and 15 touchdowns last year for Deerfield Beach.

Two other recruits, linebacker Chris Goff and defensive lineman Eldrid Jones, have yet to qualify but Schnellenberger said he expects them to join the team soon.

Safety Christian Amaya's appeal for a sixth year of eligibility was denied. Wide receiver Thomas Parker also filed an appeal for a sixth year, but has yet to learn his fate.