"There was a miscommunication between me and the running back [on] picking up the blitz," he said. "It was little things, and everything can be correctable."
The Herd may have caught a break weather-wise when its 34-10 win over UTSA was played in unusually sticky conditions for October. The high temperature Saturday was 85 degrees, with a heat index of upwards of 90.
Which is about what the Herd will face this Saturday in Boca Raton. The low temperature in that coastal city this week will be 73 - all week, every night. The forecast Saturday is for mostly sunny skies and a high of 86.
Some Herd players were rudely reminded of summertime humidity, which they thought had left these parts for the year.
"We needed that. I don't think we played a game like that this year," said tight end Devon Johnson. "Even before I stepped outside, I felt the heat, and we had the AC on all the way down [to the door of the Shewey Building]. I stepped out and I started sweating and sweating. And then after the first two plays, I was already breathing hard, wanting some water.
"On and on, I didn't even notice it anymore, and I'm just glad I got that opportunity to play in weather like that, for this week."
He's not buying it, but you can argue that defensive tackle Brandon Sparrow is undefeated this fall. Hey, he missed two games with his high ankle sprain - the losses to Ohio and Virginia Tech.
The senior returned for the UTSA game and made an impact with three tackles, one for loss. That was one of the Herd's 13 tackles for loss in the game.
He appeared Monday wearing his orthopedic boot, which isn't out of the ordinary. Even if an injured player returns to the field, wearing the boot off the field reduces the weight borne by the foot/ankle region.
But he was ready to shuck it for good.
"I'm in the boot right now, but that's just because I left one of my shoes at home," he said. "I just got cleared to take it off."
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