In his final meeting with the media before kickoff against BYU on Saturday, coach Tyrone Willingham said that tailback Brandon Johnson (calf) was limited Wednesday in practice, and he sounds doubtful for Saturday. Johnson was ranked as the No. 2 tailback behind Chris Polk, and if he can't go, Willie Griffin or David Freeman would likely move up to the top reserve role.
On the other hand, tight end Michael Gottlieb (hamstring) took part in full work Wednesday and is likely to make his season debut against the Cougars.
In more general terms, Willingham said the team bounced back to a better practice Wednesday after a relatively down return to the field on Tuesday.