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FAU to honor Schnellenberger

BOCA RATON — Howard Schnellenberger fought to get Florida Atlantic a stadium. And as a tribute, its field will soon bear his name.

The university said Wednesday that the field at FAU Stadium is being renamed Howard Schnellenberger Field. It plans a ceremony before the home opener against Tulsa on Sept. 13.

"I am humbled beyond belief that the university would bestow this great honor on the Schnellenberger family and me personally," Schnellenberger said. "This is probably the highlight of my coaching career."

Schnellenberger, the former Miami coach was hired in 1998 to start the program from scratch. Before he retired in 2011, he guided the Owls to a pair of bowl wins.

USF: Running backs will share carries

TAMPA — USF will employ a committee approach in the backfield to start the season, running backs coach Telly Lockette said.

Lockette said he's still looking for someone to separate themselves in the battle that includes sophomore Darius Tice, redshirt freshman Sta'fon McCray and touted freshmen Marlon Mack and D'Ernest Johnson.

He said he hopes to name a starter Monday for next weekend's opener.

"One day, one guy will have a great practice. Next day, the freshmen will have a great practice," Lockette said. "So we're just trying to get some stability."

Tice has taken most of the first-team snaps and earned praise from coach Willie Taggart for his performance in the first scrimmage Aug. 14. Still, he acknowledged everyone has competed at a high level.

"I'm leading it off right now, and then you have the other guys behind me," Tice said. "So we're all contributing and doing our part. When the first game comes, we'll see if anyone stands out."

ROBBINS OKAY: Sophomore DB Lamar Robbins said he recently sustained a thigh contusion but it wasn't serious. "Things are going good," said Robbins, who appeared in 11 games last season and had one interception. "It was just a minor setback for me."

Jeff Odom, Times correspondent

FSU: New receivers likely won't redshirt

TALLAHASSEE — Florida State coach Jimbo Fisher said he does not intend to redshirt his three touted freshman receivers: Travis Rudolph, Ermon Lane and Ja'Vonn Harrison.

The Seminoles must replace Kelvin Benjamin and Kenny Shaw, who had 1,944 combined receiving yards in 2013.

All three freshmen have received reps with the first unit, but Fisher said the starters remain seniors Christian Green (a Tampa Catholic grad) and Rashad Greene.

Orlando Sentinel

UM: Potential starting QB returns to practice

CORAL GABLES — QB Jake Heaps returned to practice two days after sitting out a scrimmage with an undisclosed elbow problem. Heaps transferred to Miami after stints at BYU and Kansas and is competing with freshman Brad Kaaya to start in place of Ryan Williams, who tore his right ACL in April.

The Hurricanes have not said when they will name a starter.

"It's pretty heated," offensive coordinator James Coley said. "It's pretty close, absolutely."

Times wires

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