Just spoke to Hurricanes coach Al Golden before the Canes close up shop (at least from the media) and get ready to head to Louisville for the big game at 8 p.m. Monday.
What you need to know:
*** The four quarterbacks making the trip are starter Brad Kaaya, backup Jake Heaps, Ryan Williams and true freshman Malik Rosier. "
Golden said Williams, still recuperating from a torn ACL sustained in early April, is traveling "as a captain and leader, that kind of role,'' Golden said. "...Ryan is there for leadership and he knows the offense better than anybody so he’s good to have on gameday."
*** The freshmen playing special teams will include Trayone Gray for starters, and "Oh, my goodness, there’s a whole bunch of them --[Ryan] Mayes for sure, Darrion Owens, Juwon Young -- God, there are so many.''
Golden was then asked if Tyre Brady would play special teams? "They’re on the depth, whether or not that actually unfolds on game day… Brady’s ready, [Darrell] Langham’s ready.. right now they’re all traveling. we’ll evaluate all that tonight, select the final traveling squad, kind of set the depth and go from there."
***Walter Tucker will get in the game at fullback and on special teams, and maybe on defense.
Golden: "The order for him will be fullback, special teams and then defense. He’ll definitely see action on offense and special teams and he’s close on defense. That selection is going to be made here, to be honest with you based on how he and Juwon performed and then who won the special teams jobs. That’s how we’ll work that."
*** Golden is still not revealing the starters at right tackle, cornerback and safety.
On right tackle -- "[Jon] Feliciano can play out there, [Taylor] Gadbois can play out there, [Trevor] Darling can play out there and [Kc] McDermott can play out there. We’re going to keep rotating all those guys out there. There will be probably two in the game at that position.''
And safety? "That will be determined out here. It would be silly of me to sit here and select it right now without making sure I go back and evaluate the tape and give everybody a fair opportunity."
How did Gadbois look? "Taylor looked much better. There’s really good competition there. Nobody can relax. I thought [right guard] Danny Isidora has had a good week. Obviously the center [Shane McDermott] and left guard [Feliciano] and left tackle [Ereck Flowers] have been really experienced veterans for us. I think all the guys contributing at right tackle are doing well, it’s just hard to figure out who’s the starter and who’s going to come in next."
*** Kicker Matt Goudis was never in the punting competition because of his back ailment earlier in the summer, but Justin Vogel earned the kickoff spot because he's been better in practice.
"We pulled him back from punting because of that,'' Golden said of Goudis. "And to be honest with you, Vogel has been doing better at kickoffs right now. He’s healthy now. There was some weakness. I expect him to be ready to go game day. Everybody is behind Vogel right now at kickoffs."
***Nantambu Fentress, as defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio said recently, is playing safety now and special teams.
*** Receiver Rashawn Scott (shoulder/clavicle) went to the doctor recently, but Golden gave very few specifics on his recovery status.
"He’s doing good,'' the coach said. "I don’t know what his recovery. I know he just met with the doctor and they said he’s recovering well. What that means I don’t know. So it would be crazy for me to comment on it."
That's it, folks. Have a happy weekend enjoying all that football. Can't believe it's back!
The Hurricanes are now officially in hibernation until Louisville.
SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN