But the future has not been neglected the last two weeks, with a third unit getting plenty of work. In 2010, Holliday's first season at MU, there was no third unit.
Some of that work was seen Friday with Dees on the sidelines. Tyler Combs, who played "iron man" at center in the spring, was left at tackle and Michael Selby was brought up from the third unit. By several accounts, Selby, the 6-foot-2, 275-pound Sanderson, Ga., native fared well.
Mirabal gave extra credit to Jasperse for setting an example for Selby, and for the other veterans.
"The older guys like Chris, those guys have taken [the youngsters] under their wing, talked to [Selby], gave little tutorials," Mirabal said. "I tell the younger guys, 'Listen to what the old guys tell you. Once you don't listen to them, they'll never come help you again.'
"I told the older guys when I took the job, their legacy is: What do they pass down to those who come behind them? Their legacy is not necessarily the wins, or championship, it's what you pass onto those guys so when you leave, you leave a strong product behind."
The more pressing issue, though, is the strength of the current product. That constant five-man lineup reflects the coaches' confidence, it seems.
"Five men, one mind, that's our motto, and they've taken to that," Mirabal said. "And they know if one of them's not out here, that's going to increase the workload on somebody else.
"That's what we want — we want that cohesion, that camaraderie and we're getting that right now."
n Tonight, offensive series may go longer than a scripted eight plays if the offense is driving. Last Saturday, a script ended those possessions at eight plays, as the team gets used to MU's hyperactive tempo.
n Freshman safeties Tiquan Lang and Michael Johnson were out Friday, but both may be back today. Johnson left Huntington for personal reasons.
n Dees was held out Friday, being monitored for concussion symptoms. A more serious situation has been that of linebacker Billy Mitchell, who suffered a concussion in last Saturday's scrimmage. Mitchell missed the first six games of the 2012 season with a concussion.
n Two familiar names have popped up at the University of Pikeville: quarterback A.J. Graham and linebacker Quanthony Fletcher. Graham was dismissed after the 2011 season; Fletcher was a highly touted recruit who did not pan out.
Graham has two seasons of eligibility at the NAIA school, Fletcher one.
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