We're only five days away from the season opener at Boston College.
UM coach Al Golden spoke for 25 minutes during a press conference Tuesday to preview the game and as usual provided a few memorable lines. Nothing was better, though, then when Golden was talking about the season in general and external expectations.
"If we're worried about the external we're in for a long year," Golden said. "Somebody asked me about the storm the other day. I said it's been storming for 19 months now. I mean that's the truth. I feel like Lieutenant Dan in the Gulf on a shrimp boat. You call this a storm? That's where we're at."
Golden was obviously making a reference to the ongoing NCAA investigation and impending sanctions heading UM's way.
Here are a couple of other quick hitters from Tuesday's press conference at UM with Golden:
> As expected, Golden said offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson, who missed all of fall camp dealing with a concussion and the death of two relatives, and defensive tackle Curtis Porter (appendectomy) will not be making the trip to Boston College.
> Golden said the final position battles for starting jobs at receiver (Allen Hurns or Phillip Dorsett and Kendall Thompkins or Rashawn Scott), strongside linebacker (Thurston Armbrister or Eddie Johnson) and safety (Kacy Rodgers or Deon Bush) will decided by Wednesday night, which means we probably won't know who won the jobs until Saturday.
> Golden expects 14-15 true freshmen to play in the opener and more possibly down the road. Preston Dewey won the third string job over Gray Crow and will travel to BC.
> Golden said freshman running back Duke Johnson "will not carry the work load" Mike James or Eduardo Clements will in the opener, but will get his touches. He said to expect all four running backs and all four tight ends to play Saturday.
> Told his players have used the term shocking the world when talking to reporters about this coming season, Golden quipped: "I'd like to sit them down right where you are sitting and shock them... let's not talk about it. Let's be about it."
> Golden said the cast on the right leg of freshman linebacker Raphael Kirby was removed on Tuesday. He said he expects to know more about Kirby in the next two to three weeks. Golden has been hopeful since Kirby was injured in camp that he might be able to return this season.