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Golden on Duke's injury, struggling passing game and more after season-opening win over FAU

Hurricanes coach Al Golden addressed the health of star running back Duke Johnson, receiver Rashawn Scott and the struggles of Miami's passing game in it's opener.

Here is a transcript of his press conference.

> On team’s overall performance... “I thought we played really hard. I thought Florida Atlantic played incredibly tough. They were very physical, well-coached. I thought their punter was amazing - I thought he changed the field for them all night. As I just said to our guys, give them a lot of credit. Any time you play one of these rival games in the state, that’s what you’re going to get. Give Florida Atlantic a lot of credit – they played hard and they made us earn it. We were overzealous a little bit with some penalties early in the game. We dropped some passes that we hadn’t been dropping. Our timing wasn’t where it needed to be in some instances, but I thought our guys played hard. We didn’t play smart all the time, weren’t as good as we needed to be on third down on offense, but I thought our defense played really, really hard, played physical, and ran to the ball well.”

On the performance of Duke Johnson... “I don’t know what his overall numbers were...I’m guessing 20 touches. That’s kind of what we need him to be, somewhere around there. I thought he did a good job with that. He’s healthy. He cut two guys down on the [Herb Waters run] where we scored. He’s a very unselfish player.”

On his assessment of the team’s passing game... “I didn’t think it was as sharp as we have been, for sure. We were really humming coming into this week in the pass game, and obviously it wasn’t where it needed to be. We need to go back to work. We’ll go back tomorrow, watch it, and we’ll get back on the passing game. We certainly didn’t do a good enough job on third down.”

On managing an excited team playing in its season opener... “All of those things you think about, we don’t think about until it’s the eventuality. We don’t talk about any of that, because all of these first games – they’re hard. We have idea what they were going to do. We saw three different quarterbacks. Opening games are hard – you have no track record to go by, really. I thought they were well-coached, tough as can be, physical. I thought they were excellent on special teams, and I thought their punter gave us a long field all night. As well as Pat [O’Donnell] was hitting the ball, this kid changed the field for them. That was the big difference in the game.”

On nerves affecting the passing game... “That’s something that’s disappointing to me. Monday and Tuesday, I thought we were really sharp in the passing game. It’s a shame. It is. We didn’t look like we had our timing, so we have to get back to work on that. Obviously that was reflective in our third downs – not where we need to be. We need to be on more third and shorts too, we weren’t in enough of them.”

On the play of his team’s pass rush... “We have more depth and we have more guys that can rush the passer now. Certainly Quan [Muhammad] made a difference, I thought [David] Gilbert made a difference. I thought we had more power inside, so I think that helped. We need to get takeaways, but we were physical, we were running to the ball. We made some errors, but I thought we played hard. I really did. We didn’t put the defense in good situations too often, and they battled their way out of it. We need to do a better job on offense on third down - that would really help us in time of possession and help our defense.”

On rotating young players in... “Those guys, there were a lot of freshmen that were redshirting that we were not going to play. Those guys that played, we made the decision in camp that they’re going to help us at some time this year and help us significantly. That’s why we played them. We have to get Stacy [Coley] to forget about this one. He had a tough first quarter – he just has to forget about it and move on. He’s very talented, he just needs to relax and let it come to him. He has worked really hard, but I think he was pressing a little bit. Obviously he and Stan [Dobard] and Gus [Edwards] and Artie [Burns] and Corn Elder and [Jermaine] Grace, and all those guys, they’re all in the mix. They’re all going to be helping us this year.”

On Rashawn Scott’s catch and injury... “It was a great catch. I don’t know what his status is - hopefully not too bad.”

On the performance of Eduardo Clements... "I’m happy for him. We had the first scrimmage, then the second scrimmage, now it’s the first game - these are all baselines, and he’s moving up every time. He’s in better condition. He’s feeling more confident and we’re feeling more confident that he’s ready to go. He has had a great attitude. I’m happy for him that he got going on that.”

On Duke Johnson being issued a concussion test... “That’s our protocol. We follow a strict protocol for anybody that we think is woozy or got their bell rung. We have a great concussion institution, and we have great sideline protocol with Vinny Scavo and Dr. Kaplan. We just do that to make sure that we’re protecting any kids that have any kind of head trauma.”

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Phillip Dorrset needs to read play book, he doesnt run his routes correctly, still thinks its sandlot football, get in the game, you make team and QB look bad. Oh dont run on of end zone if iys deep and you need better judgement, you are not a freshman.

Posted by: hswalden@gmail.com | August 31, 2013 at 09:07 AM

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Voila... and a shrewd take on the running routes notion.

Because on Stevie's INT, I believe their was a MISCOMMUNICATION between Dorsett and Steve. And that was probably due to an IMPROPER running of the route.


this philosophy will not bring a national championship to Miami what coach goldie is bringing, plain and simple.

Posted by: Calvin | August 31, 2013 at 10:50 AM

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I was thinking the same notion about Miami, and the possiblity of being one of four squads, to win a national championship. hUh

Miami desperately needs to come with a short-yardage running back. Because THE DUKE can't carry the heavy load on a CONTINUAL, consistent basis. dUh

Witness THE DUKE being stopped on fourth down on the opening offensive series last night.

yeah even though Duke converted many short yardage situations last year, he can't now because he didn't once. Got it. Keep complaining. 1200 yards in his last five games.

they had one in gus edwards.....but now a golden casualty....duke is not a 250/300 carry guy....he doesn't have the built.....

A Golden casualty? You know Gus was cleared two weeks ago and I'm pretty sure he played in last nights game at the end. Troll harder.

I agree with the early post which names the morons here. It was FAU, we did not see much of the offense. Why give the turds film to watch. They won't know what to expect, any more than we will of them. It's sad to see the same stupid posts for the 3rd year. And that means you non-canesfan"72. Another turd in drag

Good post dummy! Yes were going to use the same FAU gameplan against UF. People trip me out with there comments. And stop with this Florida Defense talk. Not even Gator coaches know how good the D is, all their Studs are gone to the NFL. Miami will abuse that defense much like Toledo today. Watch at 1221 today to see that "Great D"

Offense B-
Defense B
Special Teams C+
Coach Coley C+
Coach Donofrio B
Overall performance B-
Chance the "U" beats Florida based on last nights game 40%
Go Canes

look.....lets all agree that all the BS about golden being jimmy/schnelly and a great coach will ALL be put to test next week.....

Florida this year has less experience on its team than UM.....UM should have no problem beating florida if all what these bloggers say is true about dnofrio/golden......

if UM loses....golden/dnofrio go.....all questions will have been answered.....because only the state championship is what matters going forward with UM.....the rest of the schedule is laughable...


Chance the "U" beats Florida based on last nights game 40%
Go Canes

Posted by: jra | August 31, 2013 at 11:36 AM
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Very interesting tout... yet I give Miami a bloody THIRTY-FIVE percent (35%) chance to defeat the mighty Gators.

Playing F.A.U. in front of a very, very, very small band of Cane fans is one thing.

However, next week SLS will probably be 45% Florida zealots and what not. hUh

coley will be just fine. the ball in the end zone was knocked out of his hands that wasn't a drop, the other one in the middle of the field was a drop,but he gets open, and i see it as just one mistake in the first game. its only game one but im more concerned about the OC coley's plays than i am the receiver coley. i hope the oc just didn't want to show too much before the Florida game


if UM loses....golden/dnofrio go.....all questions will have been answered.....because only the state championship is what matters going forward with UM.....the rest of the schedule is laughable...

Posted by: Jim Gallo | August 31, 2013 at 11:41 AM

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A few interesting point from the resident PINATA dude. hUh

And yes, this season Miami does play the WEAKEST non-conference schedule in Cane football history. Eh. What say.

Then throw in the fact, that the A.C.C. is the lamest conference among the ex-B.C.S. conferences.

Matter of fact, I SEE-r only ONE a.c.c. squad getting a victory over their S.E.C. fee, fi, foes. And that be the Clemson Tigers tonight!!

Interesting that no Cane brUte has mentioned this kid Figuero. Because he's going to be All-Conference LB in the next few seasons, and Miami's next N.F.L. linebacker. hUh

NO BLOCKS ON SPECIAL TEAS. NO TURNOVERS FORCED. NO PASSING GAME. THEY LOOK AS POOR AS THEY HAVE THE LAST 10 YEARS! AND ALL AGAINST FAU FOR CRISSAKES!

I'm thrilled Coley dropped 2 touchdown passes...because now he has a 'Golden' opportunity for redemption...against the hated, and I mean HATED f'ing Gators!

Oh, and to Gallo, to you really think we're going to run the FAU game plan against the Gators?

Fjhjg....watch the replay....on one of many sacks they forced the ball out. Uare an ignorant gator

I posted early and have read all posts here...

Some of you, and we all know who you are are just too negative...

Next Saturday will tell us what we need to know...

The INT was on Dorsett as he cut the route because he saw the big person where he was going to go...it was too late in the Morris progression for him to see Dorset stop and drift back...unfortunate, but good learning experiance for both and a good test for the D to come back on the field quick and hold up...

as to Morris being off, yes a little, but he had 3 more drops...and I will give the DB the credit for the Coley drop in the end zone...if Morris completes the drops he is 18/27 that is 66.66% (yeah that really sucks and you can not with with that...what F ups some of you are!)

The bigger back Gus will work out...the kid seems to have talent...but obviously as a Ture Freshman he will get the experiance...they will use him better and more...

The score of the game should have been 62 - 6 as The U left 28pts on the turf...

I am sure the O was watered down...I did like the flea Flicker check down and the reverse both worked well as those two plays accounted for 101 yards...nice to give UF some trick stuff to spend time on...

The D did look better if nothing else just from the eyeball test...next week will tell...

Bleeding Orange Green & White

The Calvin aliases (Gallo, etc.) are out in full force, which is a great sign.

First of all...the hitch passes or bubble screens were run to sharpen the timing of the offense, but more importantly Coach Golden and Coley did not want to expose our intermediate passing game so the Gators didn't have film to study and prepare. Seriously, even a 7 year old kid playing flag football would or at least SHOULD know that.

Secondly, Miami' defense has vastly improved over last year. Thanks to Coach Golden's wildly successful and badly needed U-Tough program it was clearly evident that our kids have become much bigger, stronger and faster. Last night our starting defense gave up 170 yards and 6 points. They were positioned properly and should have had 3 interceptions--one for a pick-six. Also, the various 'new' blitz packages installed by Coach D'Onofrio were impressive and sent the message he has trust in this more mature team.

Once the offense straightens away their issues this team is going to be very formidable.

By the way...FAU was surprisingly physical and certainly well coached.


they had one in gus edwards.....but now a golden casualty....duke is not a 250/300 carry guy....he doesn't have the built.....

Posted by: Jim Gallo | August 31, 2013 at 11:23 AM

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Laughing...you completely uninformed fool...Gus Edwards played last night...LOL!

Let's all agree on this:

Lady Calvina and the rest of the Sybil group are all morons.

First Idiot Calvin says for 10 months that a 3-4 defense scheme can't work. This despite the fact it is deployed on the highest % of nfl plays. Guys like Dick LeBeau are now idiots and Lady Calvina is a defensive mastermind. What a joke.

When another LOYAL, sincere Hurricane partisan points out a few flaws about his team de jure.

Then naturally some Cane good ol' boy is going to bloviate " negative this, " and " negative that," towards said open-minded opinions. hUh

Well grow a pair and stop being such Canespace dudes and what not.

Dumb and dumber D,

Continuous negative opinions are not open minded opinion you moron.

By the way, mighty Florida is ahead by one touchdown against Toledo.

And dig this y'all Cane loyalist. This Toledo squad looks bigger and appears faster than F.A.U. ouch!

Matter of fact, Toledo would have defeated the Owls last night. hUh

What's my sagacious points. There's a reason why mighty Florida is currently ranked No. 10, and the Hurricanes are NO WHERE to be found among the Top 25. Eh. What say.

Same old Canes. If we don't get past this NCAA mess, we will never get the kind of REAL players we need. We're taking FSU's and UF's rejects for the most part. At best, this is an 8-4 team. Can't blame it all on coaching. They just can't recruit the players they really need because of Sh*tpiro and his mess, which seems like it will be with us forever.

The game went about as expected. FAU played hard as most knew they would. They don't have a lot of talent but are well coached. Their punter was their mvp.

Some first game jitters, esp Coley and perryman which will go away. Morris should have taken the sack when he threw the int.

The defense was more aggressive, which is a good thing.

Big test next week.

Anybody who knows college football at all knows pre-season polls are meaningless. USC was #1 last year. How'd that turn out.


At best, this is an 8-4 team. Can't blame it all on coaching. They just can't recruit the players they really need because of Sh*tpiro and his mess, which seems like it will be with us forever.

Posted by: gators eat boogers | August 31, 2013 at 12:45 PM

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Au contraire... because I SEE-r Miami finishing with a 9-3 regular season record.

Nevertheless, at least Cane good ol' boy had his day in the sun regarding past Miami championship teams and what not.

Man, 2005 seems like decades ago. Because that squad was the last LEGITIMATE Top 10 Hurricane team. hUh

I cherish the notion that Goldie played ALOT of young players last night. Because there's nothing like being in the action and chit and what not. Even if it's facing the likes of F.A.U.

Watching the Toledo/Florida game...Toledo is pathetic. Goes to Mountain Cane's comment about pre-season projections and hype where Toledo was at least considered to be a decent team, which is simply not true.

Their QB couldn't stand on the shore and throw he ball in the Ocean. And the very few times the ball has been thrown in the general direction of a Toledo receiver they've dropped the ball. Also, they are very small and weak.

FAU would maul Toledo if they played!

I agree that UM has to throw vertical passes, not necessarily long passes, next week if they expect to compete with Florida. UF's corners will be near the line of scrimmage most of the game. UF still has more overall talent than UM, especially on defense.

So the gayturds having trouble again with Toledo. Gallo stfu

The zookster and Mtn cane are right. And FAU looks way better than this Toledo squad, I like the missing the ocean shot, very creative. GO CANES The turds are playing well, even if it,s just Toledo. Driskell just got hit and fumbled, his best receiver is still burton. without him they can,t spread you out.

Chit, even though might Florida has FIVE STARTERS sitting on the sidelines today, the gators are handling Toledo with easy. hUh

And Cane Good Ol' Boy's. Chit-can your yap about the Owls and Toledo comparison.

Because Toledo is the better and stronger football team and Toledo is coming off a WINNING SEASON ( 9-3 regular season record in '12. )!!

Whereas Miami faced a team with a 2-10 record last season!!

D, you make it sound like Miami struggled against FAU. It was 20-3 at the half with opportunities missed. Your team is winning 17-3 vs Toledo. You want a cookie?


Chit, even though might Florida has FIVE STARTERS sitting on the sidelines today, the gators are handling Toledo with easy. hUh

And Cane Good Ol' Boy's. Chit-can your yap about the Owls and Toledo comparison.

Because Toledo is the better and stronger football team and Toledo is coming off a WINNING SEASON ( 9-3 regular season record in '12. )!!

Whereas Miami faced a team with a 2-10 record last season!!

Posted by: D | August 31, 2013 at 01:39 PM

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So what that Toledo had a winning season last year...that means nothing this year, especially when you know what you are looking at and they are pathetic.

Florida doesn't have 5 starters simply sitting on the sidelines...Florida was forced to SUSPEND 5 of their angels for one game, which of course should have been at least 3 games, but the Gators being petrified of Miami would never do that.

By the way...how do you explain Muschamp suspending Morrison for 2 games and then upon further review (I forgot we were playing the Canes in the second game) he reduces the suspension to one game?

Again, Toledo is a horrible football team and FAU would eviscerate them...period...end of story!

look.....lets all agree that all the BS about golden being jimmy/schnelly and a great coach will ALL be put to test next week.....

Florida this year has less experience on its team than UM.....UM should have no problem beating florida if all what these bloggers say is true about dnofrio/golden......

if UM loses....golden/dnofrio go.....all questions will have been answered.....because only the state championship is what matters going forward with UM.....the rest of the schedule is laughable...

Posted by: Jim Gallo | August 31, 2013 at 11:41 AM
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No matter what nobody says today, come next week, if we look like we don't belong on the same field with the gaytors, than it's official, coach goldie is forever a relevant mac coach but not ready for prime time and never will be as a pacifist.

The ones claiming we didn't show everything last night were the ones saying that about clown 117th, who did a better job not making calls that didn't have our guys out of position to much but since we're a primarily zone team now, i don't expect to see to many interceptions, if we're expecting our linebackers to be able to cover those 8 yard outs, we're fooling oursleves. driskell has a strong enuff arm to pick a zone defense apart. All there going to do is run zone floods and than hit us over the top!

muschamp is going to gang up on duke johnson cause he knows like i know, he don't believe smo17 can beat you with his arm. Plus muschamp will have his boy's in the secondary fired up becasue him being a secondary man himself, he's going to tell them look, we're going to force them to have come to yall, you're going to get alot of opportunities to make plays.

Those saying the gaytors are struggling with toledo, so we didn't show much last night, but the gaytors did, they've scored only 3 points less than what we did last night at the half, basically the same type of game.

Yeah, Morris threw for over 3200 yards last year because he can't do it with his arm....

Calvin, you really would love for the Gators to beat the Canes. I don't post much, I enjoy reading the blog. I have never seen a so-called Canes fan consistently (every post) bash his team. Regardless, if you dislike the coaching staff, you cannot like a team and every post is NEGATIVE!!! Drop the charade and admit you are not a Canes fan (it's ok)

Calvy/Golden said or tried to say: "No matter what nobody says today, come next week, if we look like we don't belong on the same field with the gaytors, than it's official, coach goldie is forever a relevant mac coach but not ready for prime time and never will be as a pacifist."

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Well, our deranged stalker and troll, the same applies to you, if next week we do look like we belong on the same field with your Gators then it is official, you are forever irrelevant and not ready for primetime and never will be.

By the way...there is now 1 minute left in the 3rd quarter and the score is 17 to 6 Florida and all this with Toledo's QB being nothing short of pathetic...and just threw an interception. And even after the interception at Toledo's 20 yard line Florida is struggling to score. You still want to claim the FAU and Toledo games are similar?

Driskell reminds me of Chris Rix, in the sense that every opponent, no matter how inferior, has a shot when he is playing. He truly has the slowest reaction from seeing to thinking to doing of anyone I've seen. The guy is a fumble factory.

I wish Rix was given more years to play.

UF is far from impressive on offense. Getting them on their 2nd game is the best situation. Their defense will finish the year very good, but right now they are starting a lot of new guys from that great d least year.

BTW - agree Putney. that qb is awful. They have consistently open and he can't hit them.

Unless UF is hiding something, next weeks game is going to be close

Funny, Ibis.

I think he holds the record for being a perfect 0-5 vs the Canes. One year we beat him twice.

all this BS......it doesn't matter what anyone says.....UM loses to Florida, its over for golden/dnofrio....UM does not face Florida in the future....

golden/dnofrio have run out of excuses....

UM Starters vs Florida starters

seniors - 8 vs 6
juniors - 10 vs 11
sophomores - 5 vs 4
freshman - 0 vs 1

florida is younger......should no reason UM loses if golden/dnofrio are what all these bloggers say or think they are.....I say both are weakkkkkkkk and no qualified to run a UM team

The great Florida Gators defense has been so far off-sides 5 times today...all that fantastic Gator coaching!

Muschamp is doing his usual Charlie Manson parole hearing impression...hilarious!

Hey retard face Jim Gallo, do you really think the offense wanted to show anything to Muschamp? Come on man! You have no idea what your talking about. Do you think Tracy Howard sucks too? The left him on an island and FAU didn't even throw it his way once.

You have never played a down of competitive football in your life. That is all!

please florida looks good.....diskel is healthy, mack brown 112 yards and 2 TD's and was pulled and sidelined.....top corners are out.....

toledo is 9-4 vs fau at 3-9...please, UM is gonna struggle against florida...

Sure Galloinda, Fumble Driskell looked great.

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