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BYU WR Hoffman probable, LB Unga possible, for Texas game
BYU football coach Bronco Mendenhall said he wouldn't have it any other way. He's looking forward to playing No. 15 Texas in the home opener on Saturday, instead of a cupcake from the Football Championship Subdivision.
"We designed it to jump right into it and go. I am looking forward to it. Our team is looking forward to it. I think we have a good chance. I think we had a good chance a week ago. I think we will have a good chance in every game. Certainly we need to improve, and improve substantially, but I am looking forward to the game," Mendenhall said as he addressed reporters on Wednesday after practice in Provo.<
Mostly, Mendenhall's chat with the media was personnel-oriented, as he answered questions about injured players, players who are trying to transfer to BYU, and others.
A quick recap:
* Mendenhall said linebacker Uani Unga (chest contusion) is "possible" to play against Texas.
"I don't know exactly what possible means, other than it is probably more likely than doubtful, but less likely than probable. ... Which means when they kick if off, we will both probably know. But I don't right now," he said.
* Mendenhall said WR Cody Hoffman (hamstring) is "probable" for Texas.
"Hoffman practiced today. ... Let's take a big step forward on that one. That's the language I get and I look at them like you are looking at me. So I thought we would just be unified."
* Mendenhall said DB Mike Hague (hamstring) is doubtful. His injury is much more serious than Hoffman's.
* Mendenhall said that def. back Sam Lee, a junior college transfer who injured his back before fall camp, is not recovering well and probably won't play this season.
"I just found out yesterday. We were expecting him [to re-join team]. He's been in a brace, a back brace since two a days. Most likely he is not going to return this season. We were expecting that he might practice next week and be ready for the third game. But he has not healed as expected."
Mendenhall said he believes Lee has a redshirt year, but wasn't sure.