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Newsy notes from UM Hurricanes football practice on Monday as they prepare for Georgia Tech

Spoke with Hurricanes coach Al Golden after Monday's practice. Some notes, per Golden, as UM prepares for Georgia Tech and its spread option offense at 3:30 p.m. Saturday:

On the injury situation, Golden said that there is "no comparison" from where QB Stephen Morris (bruised right ankle) was last week to where he is today. "We didn't throw him last week and he's out here throwing and running. So, he'll be fine. We've got to keep treating him and stay on top of it.''

*** The coach said he was "a little bit worried about Eduardo [Clements]. I don't know where he's at with his hamstring.

*** "I think Grace (oblique) will be OK. He's got to keep getting treatment.'' LB Jermaine Grace was part of a controlled, light practice Monday, and didn't do much.

*** He said cornerback Nate Dortch "has a little bit of a foot deal that we're being protective of. I think he'll be alright in the long run. We don't want it to get any worse.'' Note that Dortch was seen in a red no-contact jersey this morning and wore a boot on his right foot.

*** Left guard Jon Feliciano is fine.

*** C Shane McDermott (foot) was back at practice.

*** On ACC play: "We're in the ACC tournament. We're 0-0 and they're 2-1. We have our hands full.''

*** Golden said there "was a lot of installation and a lot to absorb most particularly on the defensive side getting used to the tempo, the cutting and the misdirection.''  

*** Corn Elder and Josh Johnson are the scout team quarterbacks running the Georgia Tech offense.

  "Corn is running with the 1s and Josh is taking the second unit. Those guys are doing a tremendous job. They're studying it. Corn is... that's what he is, man. He's a point guard. I mean, he gets it." 

*** Dallas Crawford's growth is "amazing,'' the coach said. "He's tough as nails. He's getting better every week.''

*** Walter Tucker is now the fourth tailback on the depth chart and second fullback behind Maurice Hagens, Golden said, because of RB Eduardo Clements' injury. Golden said previously this season that Tucker was expected to redshirt, but he said Monday that if need be, Tucker will have to play. He seemed very high on Tucker. 

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

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