Neuheisel on Wednesday

Head Coach Rick Neuheisel taledk briefly Wednesday after practice about the status of senior running back Kahlil Bell and who might step in for him, the issue of injuries and how they can impact the team, preparing for BYU and more...

Rick Neuheisel Opening Statement:

"A good practice again today. As I told the team, it does not need to be perfect today, it just needs to be spirited, and show that you are eager to learn. Thursday has got to be the day where you come out and show that we know our assignments exactly and can execute them crisply. I think we'll get there. I think we've got the makings of a nice plan, we just have to go execute it. It's a very tall hill to climb, because this is a BYU team that is very consistent and very methodical."

Is Kahlil Bell out?

"I would say that Khalil is now downgraded to very, very doubtful. I'd say close to out would probably be fair. But he is going to go on the trip, and he will have his equipment with him."

Is Chane Moline the likely starter?

"I have not talked to coach Moses about that. But I think it will be No. 1 and No. 1-A (between Moline and Raymond Carter. I saw Pete Carroll interviewed today; he has got five starters, so I think I can have two."

Did Korey Bosworth look okay?

"Yeah. he is fine. As was Brigham Harwell. All those kids will make the starting line on Saturday." 

Are injuries the make-or-break for this team?

"I mean, it is critical. But I do not want to say that we are sunk if we lose guys, because we've already proved that we can withstand it. If someone would have told us we were going to lose Marcus Everett and Logan Paulsen and Khalil Bell in the first quarter, we would have been hard pressed to even say we had a chance (against Tennessee). But lo and behold, guys came in and kept playing. So I don't ever think you say you're a sunk ship, but certainly we would prefer to stay healthy."

Does it matter that Kevin Craft has played in the BYU stadium once before?

"Well, I think that would be a better question for him. But I know this, it matters that he played last week and had some success. That's a huge asset and probably more important than a previous experience in Provo."

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