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Do you like noon games? Also: injury update, Preston Dewey and #76000strong #sheesh

 

Do you like noon games?

Hopefully you do, because the Canes have another one on Sept. 28th.

But this time it's on the road against USF, and will be televised on either ABC, ESPN or ESPNU, according to the ACC.

The network will be announced Sept. 22.

Meanwhile, this week's game against FCS team Savannah State (1-2) is at 7 p.m. on ESPN3. The Canes (2-0), which dropped from No. 15 to 16 in the AP Poll and rose from 18 to 17 in the Coaches', conclude their three-game homestand Saturday.

The players are doing their best, it seems, to treat this game like any other. Al Golden is doing a very good job immersing them in his process-oriented culture. They know just how good -- or rather, bad -- this opponent is, but seem to be zoned in on the moment and learning and improving and working on what they need to do. 

Golden's philosophies have really begun to seep deep, at least from what I see.

Anyway, I spoke with A.J. Highsmith for a while today and he was really appreciative of the crowd that showed up for the Florida game.

"Thank you to everyone who came out today! #76000strong #sheesh," Highsmith tweeted.

"I've been here before when there was nobody in the stadium,'' Highsmith told me. "It was really fun to have that atmosphere. I wish we could get that again. It would mean a lot, because of how far we've come.''

QUICK HITS:

* WR Rashawn Scott (shoulder/collarbone) was at practice wearing a red (no-contact) jersey. Golden said he expects him back "sometime before or after North Carolina" on Oct. 17.

* Golden also said he expects OL Danny Isidora (broken foot/surgery) back around that time.

* Deon Bush (hernia surgery) has moved to backup safety, as opposed to third-team on the depth chart. But Golden wasn't saying whether Bush will play Saturday. The coach said he had to look at tape first.

* UM confirmed earlier today that former scholarship quarterback Preston Dewey, who would have been a redshirt freshman, is enrolled as a Miami student but is no longer on the football team. Dewey is still on scholarship, but not as it relates to the football team. He is not counted as one of the 105 players. He is working as a sports marketing intern. I've been told backup quarterback Ryan Williams also will serve as a sports marketing intern. Williams, of course, is still playing.

 SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

 

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