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Hills or Rowe, if not both, will add themselves to the list soon. Last month, Edsall said it would be ideal if one of the two could play while the other takes a redshirt season to ensure they are in different eligibility classes going forward.

So much for an ideal plan. Instead, it will be necessary for both freshmen to be prepared to step in immediately.

“[We knew] we had to get both of these guys ready to play because, again, one of them would be the backup and one would be the third guy,” Edsall said. “We have to start from the very first day and get them prepared to play in a game just in case an injury situation would come up. … I’ve seen a lot of good things out of them early on. It’s up to us as coaches to get them ready.”