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Deon Bush's status remains up in the air before FAU opener

Although the Hurricanes didn't list any players beyond offensive linemen Hunter Wells (out for the season) and Danny Isidora (expected to miss at least six more weeks) on their latest injury report Wednesday, UM coach Al Golden said during his ACC Teleconference with reporters it remains up in the air if safety Deon Bush will play in Friday night's opener against FAU.

Bush had sports hernia surgery back in June and has been slowly working his way back onto the field.

"He's cleared to play so it's just a function of how comfortable he feels," Golden said.

"If he feels comfortable and he wants to move forward then we'll move forward with him. Deon's smart -- it's not going to be a function of him knowing the defense or anything like that. He's taken reps. It's going to be a comfort level with him. We'll just monitor his progress and see how it is."

With Florida around the corner, there is no need to rush Bush into this game. So I personally don't expect to see a lot of Deon if at all in this game. 

> In terms of the Hurricanes' scholarship numbers, Golden still wasn't ready to provide an answer Wednesday as to which walk-ons have now earned scholarships. He said Monday a couple had, but want to say exactly who because the paperwork hadn't been finished yet. At last check, the Hurricanes were at 76 scholarships.

> Golden reiterated Wednesday the team will increase the touches for running back Duke Johnson compared to last year. "He's significantly stronger than a year ago, more comfortable in the system having gone through it," Golden said. "He's a better pass protector, pass receiver."

> Although he's listed as a third team receiver Golden said Rashawn Scott has had his best practices of the fall over the last three or four days. "Hopefully he can carry the momentum into the games, play at the level we know he can play at," Golden said. "He has to continue to be consistent, improve, get out of his own way sometimes."

> In case you missed it in the video interview from Monday, defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio is moving up to the press box to call plays this season. He's been on the field the last two years.

"I'll have an opportunity to see the information quicker, see it better with my own eyes as opposed to relying on the information coming in and out," D'Onofrio said. "I had done that most of my career prior to being a coordinator the last eight years. There's a lot of people that are down, a lot of people that are up. This is something we decided to take a look at in the spring and liked it."

> Asked about Miami's 1983 national championship team on Wednesday (they're being honored before Friday's game), Golden said the reason he watched the title game against Nebraska back then was because his brother was actually a walk-on on the 1981 Hurricanes team. Golden said his brother left before the championship season though.

"When your big brother goes to Miami you become a Miami fan," Golden said. "We were following it at that time and certainly remember it like it was yesterday. It will be great to see a lot of those guys. Back then you used to tape the games on VHS, the VCR and keep them. That was one of the games we'd watch every now and again."

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