We knew RB Malik Davis would be available for the opener, but it was still impressive to see the Jesuit High alumnus on the field, 10 months after suffering a severe knee injury against Georgia. He was the second running back to touch the ball, after Jordan Scarlett.
Given the enthusiasm I've sensed from fans about the start of the Dan Mullen era, it was a little surprising to see so many empty seats for his debut. Chalk that up to the nationwide trend of declining attendance and an atrocious opponent. Consider this a reminder to schedule more big-name non-conference games on campus.
One tangible effect of the new redshirt rule (allowing players to appear in four games without burning it): Players like early enrollee Emory Jones got to see action. Jones looked like a freshman, fumbling his first drop back.