Marlon Mack: No decision yet on future
A day after an online report surfaced that he's leaning toward remaining at USF for his senior season, Bulls all-time leading rusher Marlon Mack said he hasn't thought about his future. Yet.
"I told my parents and Coach (Willie Taggart) that I'll look into that after the season, once I'm done with everything," Mack said Tuesday. "I'm locked in on finishing this season, and then I'll look into that."
Josh Newberg of 247Sports reported Monday that he had been told there's "a good chance" Mack would remain a Bull in 2017 instead of applying for the NFL Draft. Mack's dad, Marlo, told the Tampa Bay Times in a text message Monday afternoon there haven't yet been any discussions about the future between he and his son.
Mack enters Saturday's game at SMU with 3,275 rushing yards -- 57 shy of overtaking Ottis Anderson for 10th place on Florida's career Division I rushing list. He's 1,405 yards from breaking the state's all-time mark held by UCF's Kevin Smith (4,679).
Mack almost certainly will get feedback on his draft status from the NFL Advisory Board after the season. Taggart said he wants "what's best" for any underclassman weighing NFL options.
"The beauty of it is, those guys don't have to make those decisions right now," Taggart said. "They can play football and get evaluated and see where they're at and make an educated decision."
(DRY) RUBBED THE WRONG WAY: The Memphis athletic department issued a statement Monday that it has contacted the American Athletic Conference to request a "formal review of several plays" from the Tigers' 49-42 loss to USF.
Presumably, those plays include Memphis' final offensive one, when a still photos showed Bulls CB Deatrick Nichols grabbing the right arm of Tigers WR Anthony Miller on an incompletion in the end zone. No flag was thrown.
"You’ve seen it. So I’m not going to talk about what my opinion of it is," Tigers coach Mike Norvell told the Memphis Commercial Appeal. "We’ve got to look at how we’re defending those situations and obviously we've got to do everything in our power to try to get both hands under the ball, with or without restriction."
INJURY UPDATE: PK Emilio Nadelman, who missed Saturday's victory at Memphis with a quad injury, no longer is on crutches but didn't kick during Tuesday's practice, Taggart said. His backup, Brandon Behr, hit all seven of his PATs Saturday but missed a 34-yard field goal.
When asked if he has been pleased with Behr, Taggart said, "Absolutely."
ODDS AND ENDS: Memphis senior B.J. Ross, hospitalized after being leveled by Bulls LB Cecil Cherry on the opening kick, showed up at Memphis' practice Tuesday with his arm in a sling, the Commercial Appeal reported. ... With a victory Saturday at SMU, the Bulls (8-2) equal the school's single-season wins total. ... The CBS Sports Network broadcast team for the SMU game will be John Sadak (play-by-play), Randy Cross (analyst) and Taylor Rooks (sideline). ... The Bulls' 37 rushing TDs -- tied for the most in Division I -- are four more than SMU has totaled. ... SMU will wear teal ribbons on its helmets Saturday to raise awareness of sexual and domestic violence. Brenda Tracy, a rape survivor who travels the country speaking out against sexual violence on campuses, will participate in the coin toss.