"They don't have to be smart to figure out they're right where we want to be," Holliday said. "We said all along that all our dreams and our goals are in place, and they are. . . . That being said, you don't go out and look five or six weeks down the road, we look ahead to a week from Thursday, because that's the only thing that matters at this point."
The Herd appears to have come out of the FAU game healthy. Backup safety/special teams player Tiquan Lang is expected back next week, as well.
The coach said tight end Gator Hoskins fought through migraine headaches to have those two big catches for 50 yards, including that 41-yard touchdown on fourth-and-5.
Holliday also said running back Kevin Grooms, who appeared to run a bit tentatively at times last weekend, should get closer to 100 percent. "I think Grooms is at the point now where's he's got to continue to practice. . . . He needs to get hit, needs to practice."
But Holliday observed, "We had a great contingent down there. That was the second-largest crowd they've ever had in that stadium [No. 3, an announced 19,760] and I think half of them were our people.
"So it was great to see all the kelly green out there, it was great to see the number of families and parents and recruits at the game. We couldn't talk to those kids at the game, but there were a lot who were there. Any time we go down there and get exposure, it's going to help us."
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