HOW WAS PRACTICE?: It was good. Good focus today. I knew it would be. No school. They were dialed in. We had a lot of guys over watching some tape today, so that was good. They were dialed in pretty good out there. Good Wednesday.
WHAT'D ELLINGTON LOOK LIKE?: We kind of limited him today, because we pushed him pretty hard yesterday, so we knew he would be sore today. We didn't do as much with him today.
BRANDON MAYE?: Yes. He's doing fine. Miguel [Chavis] was still a little limited. He was in a green jersey. Hopefully, the game isn't until 7 o'clock Saturday night, hopefully he'll get better over the next couple of days.
THE SENIORS: These guys have been through a lot, with the coaching change, a lot of change in the culture, a lot of different things that they've been asked to do. They were a big part of that first division title last year. The thing I'll remember them most for is how they responded this year. They have refused to splinter, quit, make excuses. They've just played, played hard every single game. We've only got four seniors starting on this team. Some guys haven't played as much as they would have liked. They're attitudes are still good. That's been really good to see. Again, that's a reflection of the things that are in place in the program, and the job our coaches are doing with those guys. This is a really good group. We've got a lot of neat guys that we're going to miss. That's the good thing about college. It's not like the NFL. In one year and gone the next. You get to grow with these guys and see the mature and develop, but the sad part is they've got to go. I wish I could keep a few of them here a little longer, but that's the way it is. They're all prepared to be very successful. Several of them will have the opportunity to play on the next level. All these guys are prepared to take the next step in their lives.
THINKING ABOUT THE BOWL GAME: I have no idea. I'm just worried about Saturday. All that stuff will play out. Who knows? We're going to be somewhere. I'm thankful that we were able to earn that opportunity, to get that work that we need, and to have an opportunity to win your bowl game. That's one of our goals. Where we'll go—I don't know. There are probably two or three teams that are going to take those first three bowls. After that, it's kind of a crapshoot. We're kind of all there together. Everybody is 7-5, 6-6, like that. Who knows how it will fall out?
NIGHT GAME ADVANTAGE: It brings a lot of excitement with the crowd. We haven't had a game since last year, the Florida State game. What a great atmosphere that was. A night game in Death Valley is something special. I don't think it hurts, that's for sure. I think our team is awful excited about playing in front of the home crowd. It's the last game of the season, at home. It's the last game for the seniors forever in Death Valley. It's going to be a really good day and a great crowd to play in front of.
LEAVING WITH YEARS LEFT?: We've got them all listed. Scotty Cooper will be honored. He's a senior this year, even though he may stay and be a student-coach next year. Wilson Norris, he'll be honored. Kyle Parker. We've embraced him all year as a senior. Jamal Medlin is a guy that will be a senior. He's been student-coaching since he was medically unable to play…guys decided in the off-season, somebody's going to transfer.
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