The safeties with the No. 1 defense were Karl Joseph and K.J. Dillon. Joseph is a 5-foot-11, 190-pounder from Orlando, Fla., who arrived in January, went through spring drills and had pretty much established himself already. Dillon is a 6-2, 185-pounder from Apopka, Fla., who has been on campus only since summer.
Dillon was replacing Orange Bowl hero Darwin Cook, who has been hobbled by a groin injury, but has still ascended up the depth chart quickly.
As for the rest of the defensive lineup, there were few surprises.
Up front, Jorge Wright was at nose guard, flanked by Will Clarke and Shaq Rowell. The inside linebackers were Doug Rigg and Isaiah Bruce and the outside linebackers Terence Garvin and Tyler Anderson. Pat Miller and Brodrick Jenkins were the cornerbacks.
On offense, the front line was as expected with Joe Madsen at center, Josh Jenkins and Jeff Braun at guards and Quinton Spain and Pat Eger at tackles. Smith, of course, was the quarterback.
There were constant changes among the other skill position players, of course, with Austin, Woods and Stedman Bailey lining up as receivers and others rotating in, and Shawne Alston and Andrew Buie as backs. Both Donovan Miles and Ryan Clarke played as blocking backs, and near the goal line Cody Clay lined up as a tight end.
Holgorsen said Monday night that as far as he knows, all of his players who needed to do so passed their summer school courses and are eligible. Several were on the fence and had been getting reduced practice reps because it wasn't certain they would be around.
"I think we're in the clear. It's a miracle,'' Holgorsen said. "It's the first miracle of the season. A couple of guys, I had some very serious reservations about and they got cleared.''
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