Junior running back Kedrick Rhodes didn't practice again. Darian Mallary will be excited to start, if he does -- his brother is Louisville sophomore cornerback Andrew Johnson. Saturday will be the first time their mother can see them both play in the same game.
Mallary said his brother has observed text messaging silence this week, obviously going into game mode. After the game, however, Mallary said, "We'll hug. I'm so sensitive, I'll probably cry. I hope I won't, but I probably will."
Mario Cristobal said sophomore Richard Leonard (two fumbled punts, two muffed kickoffs) will continue to return punts, but another three or four returners will be worked in with Leonard. Senior Mitch MacCluggage will continue to long snap, Cristobal dismissing Saturday's snap over the head of punter Jack Griffin as a hiccup after several years of flawless snapping.