UTEP coach Dana Dimel understood the question but he wasn't playing along.
If quarterback Calvin Brownholtz takes the reins Saturday against Florida International at the Sun Bowl, does he run more option because that's what he's good at, or does he not risk getting tackled because if Gavin Hardison is out, Brownholtz suddenly becomes the most indispensable player on the roster?
"I can't reveal that, I really can't, because I'd be revealing strategy," Dimel said with a laugh. "But that's always part of it, what we would do if Calvin got into the game and how we would handle the situation?
"We're going to run our offense. You can't change too much because of your quarterback, he knows our offense extremely well and can do a lot of positive things either throwing the ball or running the ball. I think we have to stay balanced regardless of who is in there at quarterback."
Dimel isn't even committing to Brownholtz as starter, though that's certainly what it looks like at the moment. Hardison is out of a walking boot but hasn't practiced after what appeared to be a high ankle sprain against Rice two weeks ago. He's officially day to day.
If Brownholtz does go, there is plenty of reason for the Miners to be confident in the backup plan. Brownholtz led UTEP to 10 points in two possessions against Rice last week, his first time running the full offense since leading the Miners to 43 points in the 2020 season finale at North Texas when Hardison was out.
In between Brownholtz has been the quarterback in a Miners' short yardage formation, where he often ran a fourth-down sneak.
He'll be asked to do more against FIU and everyone is fine with that. The issue is how much he will run the ball, the obvious strength of his game.
"I use my legs, definitely that's a big part of the offense," Brownholtz said. "I can definitely throw the ball too. I'm a little bit of a dual threat, coach Dimel is used to having a running offense and a running quarterback, I just utilize that part of the offense.
"I like to utilize my legs a lot like you've seen, but I can throw too."
His teammates know that.
"The game plan really doesn't change too much," receiver Tyrin Smith said. Brownholtz "can run the ball a little more, mixing it up. He can still pass. They are both great quarterbacks. We're all still very confident in his ability to go out there and make plays.
"He brings a lot. He brings it with his feet, he brings it with his passing, too. He's going to keep the defense on their toes, they won't know what to expect."
Receiver Reynaldo Flores echoed that.
"Calvin and Gavin are very similar, I love both of them," he. "We don't lose very much with Calvin in. If anything, he runs the ball more, it adds that to it. We don't lose much, the play calling is the same thing, Calvin has a great arm, I trust him and I trust his reads. We've been working on it the past couple of weeks, I feel confident in him."
Indeed, Brownholtz has been the de facto starter for two weeks now, from the end of the Rice game through every practice since.
"I'm getting a lot more reps, it's obviously always nice to mesh with the offense a little more," Brownholtz said. "Instead of visual reps they are physical reps, that makes a little bit of a difference."
In terms of what UTEP presents to FIU, there won't be much difference from Hardison.
"I feel very good about Calvin and what he can do with the offense," Dimel said. "He has a lot of reps banked, he's been with us the whole time, he's a really good player. He's very competitive and does a lot of positive things. I feel really good about him.
"Our plan of attack for this game, it's going to be important for us to stay balanced with what we're doing. I don't think we ever want to lean one way or the other to what we're doing, run or pass. I think we operate the best when we're staying balanced with what we do. That's going to be a big focus for us going into this game."
That's true no matter who is under center Saturday.
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