As for everyone else, well, that will be worked out in the next two weeks.
"Probably a couple of days before game week we'll figure out which guys aren't going to play this year,'' Holgorsen said. "Game week is critical to put the game plan together and work on special teams. And special teams is the area affected by the first- and second-string guys on offense and defense. If they're anywhere close to playing, we'll play them.''
At least one of the freshmen, it seems, has to play whether he's ready or not. Millard is the only backup to starting quarterback Geno Smith, and while Holgorsen stopped short of saying that he will get Millard on the field at any opportunity, he really doesn't have much choice. If Smith has to leave a game, no one wants to replace him with a quarterback who has never been under fire.
"From a quarterback perspective, if he's the best guy or the second-best guy you play him. If he's the third-best guy you redshirt him,'' Holgorsen said. "Obviously he's second, which means you have to have him ready to go at all times.''
It won't be difficult to get the rest of the freshmen game time because, in addition to special-teams work, there are spots for anyone who has reached the two-deep.
"D-line you're rolling all the time. The second-team corners are going to play in nickel situations. The second-team safeties are going to play in specific situations,'' Holgorsen said. "And there are a bunch of running backs who are going to play.''
Reach Dave Hickman at 304-348-1713 or dphickm...@aol.com.