Maybe it's unbridled optimism. Maybe Trey Revell is a fast healer and a tough son of a gun. Maybe it's a smoke screen.
But ULM coach Charlie Weatherbie is talking as if his quarterback will be available to play this week in a pivotal game at Troy. Revell suffered a fractured thumb in ULM's 16-10 win over Arkansas State on Oct. 13.
Asked if Revell would play on Saturday, Weatherbie said, "Yeah, I believe he will. We'll see. I believe he will. He'll be practicing here this week, and he's already started throwing the ball around a little bit. Hopefully, we'll get a chance to get him in there."
Frank Goodin, the ULM running back, seems less optimistic about Revell's return. Or so he said.
"Trey, he's getting better every day. But I don't think he'll be playing come Saturday," Goodin said. "I know he's dressing out, but I don't think he'll play."
Revell needed surgery after the injury, with recovery projected at three to four weeks.
Redshirt freshman Cody Wells started ULM's game at Kentucky on Saturday. He hit 21-of-44 attempts for 267 yards and a touchdown.
"I thought Cody did an outstanding job," Weatherbie said, "until we got in the fourth quarter there and he threw those interceptions. But he was taking a few licks; he got back up and really showed a lot of toughness. I think he showed a lot of leadership to our football team, to our offensive line and to our total team. I think this team believes in Cody Wells."
Speaking to reporters at his weekly news conference on Tuesday, Weatherbie hinted that both quarterbacks could see action in the showdown of the top Sun Belt teams this week. ULM is 3-0 in the conference while Troy is 4-0 against the league.
"I think it's important to have him ready to go, whether he's starting or whether he's ready to jump in the game," Weatherbie said. "I think he can change things, just like changing running backs or changing wide receivers. You change what they do and the speed of the game."
In his first season as ULM's starting quarterback, Revell led the Warhawks to a 3-0 start in the Sun Belt Conference. For the year, Revell has completed 81-of-140 passes for 1,124 yards and eight touchdowns with five interceptions.
"He's worked extremely hard to get where he is," Weatherbie said. "He's one of those guys who, when you go to practice, it's like he's playing a game every day in practice."