“He’s one of the toughest guys mentally that I’ve been around,” Virginia Coach Mike London said of Kevin Parks, left, “and his resolve is to play this Saturday” against Idaho. (John McDonnell/THE WASHINGTON POST)

Still, the coach said he expects Parks to practice Thursday and be available to play to some extent Saturday against Idaho – just as the player has done the past few weeks.

“The last couple of weeks, you know, after a game we got an ankle injury a while ago and he’d wear a boot on his foot on Tuesday, Wednesday, and then practice on Thursday and get out there on Saturday and look like $1 million,” London said. “And then unfortunately re-aggravate it again. So I look forward to the same type of process” this week.

Parks wore a boot Tuesday and Wednesday, London said. Should Parks follow his recent pattern and practice Thursday, London said he would have Parks sit out the team’s Friday walk-through and hope the player will be able to play against Idaho.

Last weekend in a 30-24 loss to Southern Mississippi, Parks carried the ball nine times for 33 yards and a touchdown. There were several points when Parks hobbled off the field, only to return a short while later. His final carry of the day came late in the third quarter.

On the season, Parks has tallied a team-high 282 rushing yards and six touchdowns, which is tied for No. 1 in the ACC and is one shy of the Virginia freshman record.

“He’s one of the toughest guys mentally that I’ve been around,” London said, “and his resolve is to play this Saturday.”