Hurricanes coach Al Golden indicated Wednesday during his pre-game news conference that receiver Rashawn Scott, backup offensive guard Alex Gall and kicker Matt Goudis are “not ready’’ to play Saturday against Duke (4-0, 0-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Scott, recovering from a clavicle (collarbone) injury, was expected to play sooner, the coach said.
“I thought he’d be ready last week, so I’m disappointed he’s not ready this week,’’ Golden said. “We’re getting to that point of the season where we have to figure it out. We have a lot of football left, though, obviously. We haven’t kicked the ball off in the Coastal. We’ll see where that plays out this week.’’
A source said Gall has issues with his back.
Freshman defensive end Chad Thomas also had a back-related situation – severe spasms – that kept him from traveling to Nebraska last week.
Thomas has two tackles in three games.
“He did a little more [Wednesday] and I’m hopeful that he’ll do even more tomorrow,’’ Golden said of Thomas. “Right now, we’re hopeful that he’ll be ready to go for Saturday. We need him. We need depth. He’s at a position where we don’t have a lot of depth and obviously, he was just starting to play really well for us when he got dinged up.
“We’re still unsure of what event caused that – the spasms. We may never know. It might have been the gradual result of something. But he’s definitely doing better, he’s running better, good attitude [Wednesday], and he’s very smart.
“I don’t think he’s going to get too far behind mentally, but we’re hopeful Chad will help us this week.’’
The Hurricanes (2-2, 0-1) will go with freshman kicker Michael Badgley for the third consecutive game on Saturday.
Goudis, a junior, has been in too much pain to kick. His injury is believed to be back-related.
Badgley, 5-10 and 180 pounds, is a walk-on from Summit, N.J. He hit his only field-goal attempt – a 34-yarder – last Saturday at Nebraska. He has missed one extra point in 10 attempts.
SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN