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Wednesday's practice report: Free Tucker, losing Clements hurts Canes special teams

With senior running back Eduardo Clements still in a red non-contact jersey Wednesday and likely out this week against Georgia Tech with a strained hamstring, the Hurricanes will turn to freshman Walter Tucker not just to handle any potential handoffs, but mostly Clements' special teams work.

"He's pivotal to us on special teams, wants to do it. He's the guy who comes off and says 'Coach they doubled me.' He's a good communicator like that," Golden said of Clements, who had two special teams tackle this season before getting injured early against USF. "Tuck has stepped into every role right now. [Will he be that same communicator?] No. But he'll read off the card and be out there."

Backup running back Dallas Crawford leads UM with 3.5 special teams tackles. Golden said Crawford and linebacker Nantambu Fentress are the team's top two communicators on special teams.

"We need those guys on the field," Golden said. "Tuck is working hard, ready to go. Coaches keep telling me Free Tucker. He is now."

> Center Shane McDermott was "full-go" for the second day in a row, Golden said.

> Golden said quarterback Stephen Morris "looked better today" and he remains hopeful his deeply bruised right ankle be 95 to 100 percent by Saturday's kickoff.