Holliday said running back Remi Watson probably will play. Between injury and simply falling to the No. 4 back, Watson has played just two games, gaining 24 yards on eight carries.
The coach is holding out hope that Jeremiah Taylor may return this season. "I think that's down the road. I don't know that," Holliday said. "J.T. has a chance. Jordan [Jeffries] has no chance."
Holliday announced that Jeffries, the offensive tackle, is retiring for health reasons. (See story, Page 1B.)
This being the first of two trips to south Florida, Holliday and his staff have the added challenge of managing potential distractions. With 34 Floridians - half or more from the talent-loaded three-county area from West Palm Beach to Miami - there will be lots of friends and family excited to see them come home.
On the other hand, the Herd is on a business trip. If players don't handle it that way, they'll lose in front of their friends and family.
Holliday is setting aside a two-hour time window Friday, from 7 to 9 p.m., for family visits at the team hotel. After that, it's all about football and the team.
"I can't take those kids down to Florida [and they] can't see their families. What are we talking about?" Holliday said. "A lot of them haven't seen Mom and Dad for a long time. We've got a few guys, Mom and Dad have never seen them play in a college setting.
"We'll do it the right way, but our kids understand it's a business trip, and we're going down there to try to find a way to win the game."
The doling out of the players' four complimentary tickets is always an interesting dynamic - the south Floridians often trade their tickets to other road games to other players for the games back home.
There are some strict no-nos, according to the NCAA by-laws and interpretations thereof.
"I got warned by our compliance guy to keep my tickets to myself," Holliday said.
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