Provo » At least one member of the BYU football team won't have any trouble getting excited to play San Diego State on Saturday.
Starting field corner Brian Logan committed to the Aztecs under former coach Chuck Long after his freshman season at Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, Calif. Logan says he was assured by some people in the program when Long was fired that the offer was still valid.
But when new coach Brady Hoke was hired last December, one of the first decisions he made was to pull Logan's scholarship offer.
"They pulled the rug out from under me," Logan said, noting that several schools inquired about him during his sophomore season at Foothill, but he told them he was 100 percent committed to San Diego State.
Logan has found a home at BYU now, and he said he is grateful for how it has turned out so far. He won the battle for the starting job at field corner in fall camp, and has started in five of six games, making 27 tackles, intercepting two passes and breaking up seven others.
Logan said the same day he learned he didn't have a scholarship on the table from SDSU, he was contacted by BYU defensive coordinator Jaime Hill .
"I am dang excited for this game," he said.
Bronco Mendenhall says he doesn't remember all the games the Cougars have played in his five years as head coach, but he does remember the 2005 loss at San Diego State in his first year.
"That's probably the one I remember most. I think it was 31-10, and at that point I didn't think our strategies were on track," he said. "I didn't think that our coaching was on track, and our personnel certainly wasn't on track. I had seen enough to know that we had to change."
The loss dropped Mendenhall to 1-3 as a head coach. He is 42-11 since then.
"For the most part, our program hasn't suffered many consecutive losses. If we have lost, we have sort of recovered and figured out what to do, so I think we have learned a lot from that one," he said.
Running back Harvey Unga missed practices Monday and Tuesday with tightness in his lower back, but he practiced Wednesday and said he expects to play Saturday.
Defensive tackle Russell Tialavea (knee), a San Diego area native, still has not practiced but said Wednesday he will make every effort possible to practice today so he can make the trip home. He listed himself at 90 percent.
Safety Scott Johnson (ankle) and running back Manase Tonga (knee) also missed practice again, and Mendenhall said they are still listed as "possible" for the game.
Mendenhall said BYU is scouring the junior college ranks for a safety to fill the void created by the dismissal of safety Shiloah Te'o last week. Coaches especially want a mid-year transfer -- someone who can enroll in January and participate in spring camp. ... Mendenhall on BYU going for its 500th win on Saturday: "It's a fantastic thing."