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Mack limited at Tuesday practice



TB Marlon Mack made a limited return to practice Tuesday morning, but remains day-to-day as he tries to rehab his strained hamstring for Saturday's game against SMU.

Mack was held out of Sunday's workout after sustaining the injury on a carry late in the fourth quarter of the Bulls' 28-20 win at Connecticut. Though Mack said Tuesday he was feeling "85 percent," Coach Willie Taggart restricted him to walking exercises and "mental reps" at practice earlier that morning.

"He walked around a little bit (and) loosened that hamstring up a little bit, but I wouldn't let him do anything else," Taggart said.
Mack, who can tie Andre Hall's 10-year-old school record with a fourth consecutive 100-yard rushing effort Saturday, is confident he'll be able to play against SMU.

"The hammy should be fine," he said. "I should be ready by Saturday."

ANGRY BYRD: Senior husky Jamie Byrd said the key to his breakout performance against UConn was returning to his roots and living up to his nickname of "Angry Byrd."

The Pasco High product had 12 tackles -- 3 1/2 for a loss -- and sacked Huskies quarterback Bryant Shirreffs twice.

"(Taggart) loves to see that," Byrd said. "So when I have a chance to be that player who everybody wants me to be and I know I can be, I'll help the team out.

"Whatever I can do to help the team, that's what matters to me."

ODDS AND ENDS: Taggart said there has been no change in the status of Lamar Robbins and Benjamin Knox, suspended from all team activities following their recent arrests on gun-related charges. ... With five receiving touchdowns, WR Rodney Adams is two shy of tying Andre Davis (2014) and Elgin Hicks (2003) for USF's single-season record. ... After posting five sacks against the Huskies, USF now ranks 11th in the nation with 8.2 tackles for loss per game.

AUDIBLE: "I couldn't throw the ball that far like he did, but I think I could throw it a little better." -- Mack on D'Ernest Johnson's 29-yard halfback pass that resulted in a touchdown to Adams on Saturday.

[Last modified: Tuesday, October 20, 2015 4:30pm]


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