Ideally, Smith said Knile would "take the first handoff break three tackles, score and then sit down because that would be enough." The mock game will consist of about 40 offensive plays against the scout team and 40 for the defense.
"What changed my mind?" Smith said after his Thursday media briefing. "Knile vetoed me. I had decided coming into camp not to have him tackled (to the ground) until the first game. But he wanted it. Honestly, in my mind we weren't going to do this until we got to the game."
Smith said it's been a good camp, but this week has been a bit of a drain since school was added to practice.
"It's good we don't play this week," Smith said. "It will be good to have this week behind us where we put school with practice. They will handle it better next week."
Smith said the plan Friday night in the closed mock game will be to put the first offense against the backups simulating Jacksonville State for about 40 snaps, then do the same thing with the starting defense against the backups.
Smith said Thursday's practice was a lot like what's been done in the past four years. The Thursday before a game is called "Perfect Thursday." Smith, in his typical joking way, said it was perfect until he had to meet with the media.
Smith said nothing is "etched in stone," but he provided a glimpse of the freshmen not on the redshirt list.
That would include linebackers Otha Peters and A. J. Turner, defensive ends Brandon Lewis, Deatrick Wise and Jamichael Winston, running backs Jonathan Williams and Nate Holmes, wide receivers Keon Hatcher, MeKale McKay and D'Arthur Cowan, tight end Demetrius Dean and defensive backs Will Hines and Defonta Lowe.
"We would like to play two of the three defensive ends," Smith said. "Maybe all three would travel and we could try to salvage a redshirt on one of them."