Haven’t listened to the recording of the press conference yet, but here’s three things I can tell you.
1) Coach Bill Curry said quarterback Drew Little will start, that backup Star Jackson may play and that Kelton Hill will play. It’s interesting to note, as it appeared that Hill was the No. 3 behind Little and Jackson going into the first game against Shorter. (Jackson did not play for being late to a team bus.) I’m not sure this is a great surprise – Little did nothing to merit being taken out – but it was one of the first things Curry brought up.
Hill, though, handled himself well – a delay-of-game penalty withstanding – and apparently earned himself some time.
2) Lambuth University is a grade above Shorter. Curry talked up Lambuth, noting the team’s size and experience, and then, in a quintissentially Curry moment, acknowledged that he’d also said that he thought the Shorter game would be decided in the fourth quarter (final score: 41-7).
But he went on to say that a) if the Shorter game had started differently, then perhaps it would have been closer; and b) Lambuth is indeed the real deal, at least for what it is, which is a strong NAIA team.
The player to watch is wide receiver Rod Jefferson, a 6-foot-8, 250-pound matchup problem. Curry said his staff even called Arkansas Tech’s staff (which Lambuth played last week) to confirm his size, which is apparently legit. Jefferson is even drawing NFL scouts’ attention to Jackson, Tenn. Check out highlights here.
Curry: “We have a very definitive plan to try to take him on. People like that can dominate you and actually take the game out of your hands.”
3) Athletic director Cheryl Levick said she expects the crowd to be in the “low teens,” meaning 13-14,000. If you were there Thursday, your presence is apparently expected again Saturday.
Levick: “I do know this. Folks who were there at the dome Thursday had a great time and they were so proud and so excited that they finally had a team that I hope that our team and our football game trumps anything else (on Saturday) Because they had such a great time and they’re so excited about having their own team, I can’t imagine them not showing up on Saturday. they need to be there.”