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Health and Hilliard

Senior cornerback Sam Miller's the only health question going into Saturday's game at Middle Tennessee State and he's questionable. Middle opened a 17-point favorite, now up to 18 with an over/under of 48 1/2.

I asked Turner what he thought of sophomore quarterback E.J. Hilliard's performance last week against East Carolina after a thorough game video review.

"He did a lot of good things but he did a lot of things that looked like a guy who hadn't played very much. He's got to throw the ball. The ball's got to come out of his hand. I told him, "You've got to throw the ball if you're going to play. I don't care if it's incomplete. But you've got to throw the football." He's holding onto the ball way too long.

"Early in the game, he was pretty good at it. As the game went on, he got worse and worse. He's holding it, then he's running backwards. I said, "You're not going to play if you're doing that." Throw the ball, No. 1, if you can't throw it, go forward. We can't take a three-step drop and have a 10-yard loss on a sack. We can't take a five-step drop and have a 15-yard loss on a sack. We get sacked, we get sacked. It's got to be a 4-yard loss. Or find a lane and run. He had a lot of opportunities to pull the trigger and didn't. That's pretty typical of a young guy."


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