Holliday veered into special teams during his brief post-practice interview, touching on the critical kickoff situation. Last year, as the coverage unit deteriorated it didn't get any help from the kicker - the Herd had a Conference USA-low three touchbacks.
The coach dropped a hint about who might execute those chores when the Herd opens its season next Saturday against Miami (Ohio): "Looks like our kickoff guy can at least get it down to the goal line with some hang time, so that will help us a little bit."
He was referring to Amoreto Curraj, the freshman from Tampa, Fla., who has shown a lively leg all month. But when pressed, Holliday wouldn't pull the trigger on anointing Curraj.
"I don't know yet; we'll see what happens," he said. "Every day, I've tried to put a little pressure on him, people in the stands and that type of thing. Nothing really bothers that kid a whole lot; he's a little different, so that's a good thing."
The Herd will go to church as a team this morning, then gather later in the day for the team's first game-week practice. At the end of practice, team captains will be named.
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