Holliday expected all recent injuries to heal this week, excepting defensive end Jeremiah Taylor. Had the Herd played last weekend, Holliday said that would not have been the case.
That includes "Z" receiver Craig Wilkins, a notable absence two weeks ago against Virginia Tech. He has been trying to get his hamstring right, and keep it that way. Wilkins pronounced himself 100 percent for Saturday's game.
Demetrius Evans, who has emerged as the receiving corps' "jack of all trades," took over much of the "Z" duties. He is No. 2 on the Herd in receptions with 15, for 105 yards.
Saturday's game could shape up as battle of the brain-cramped special teams. Much like Marshall, UTSA has given up special-teams touchdowns in each of the last two games.
UTEP took a first-quarter lead with a 100-yard kickoff return, from which UTSA recovered. Not so with Houston's 78-yard blocked field goal return last week, which gave the Cougars a 31-21 lead in the third quarter and cracked open the floodgates.
Herd left guard Sebastian Johansson hasn't shied away from playing in pain in his rise to the starting position. And that reputation has spread quickly to his homeland of Sweden.
The daily newspaper in his hometown of Karlstad, Varmlands Folkblad, checked in with Johansson, the sophomore who played high school ball in Raceland, Ky. He talked about his experience at Marshall, and the ups, downs and aches that go along with it.
"Krassliga som bara den, jag har dragit ett finger ur led igan så det hånglat lite," he told the newspaper. "Men det ar bara att bita ihop."
As translated by Google: "Ailing like crazy, I have drawn a finger dislocated again as it has messed a bit. But that is just to bite the bullet."
As with many languages, the syntax differs. The lumberjack-bearded Johansson speaks English better than many Americans, but playing through a dislocated finger may be more impressive. Or one on each hand, as he did this spring.
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