On Tuesday Al Golden addressed the media in his local press conference and confirmed that starting LB Denzel Perryman is not expected to play in this Saturday’s game against North Carolina State. Perryman, who suffered a high ankle sprain in the ‘Canes win against Bethune-Cookman, is still wearing a protective boot.
According to coach Golden, P Dalton Botts should be able to compete in Saturday’s game. Botts, who suffered an ankle sprain against Georgia Tech, still has yet to practice this week. In the event that Botts is unable to punt, freshman Matt Goudis and K Jake Wieclaw will compete for Botts’ spot.
Golden also expects starting S Vaughn Telemaque, LB Gabe Terry and DB Andrew Swasey to all be ready for Saturday’s game. Deon Bush and A.J. Highsmith are expected to start at the safety positions.
Also mentioned in Golden’s presser:
* OL Ben Jones played close to 50 snaps against Georgia Tech, the most in his career. Golden was impressed with Jones and said that he did a tremendous job.
* After Malcolm Lewis suffered a season-ending ankle injury against Georgia Tech, Golden said that it is now time for Herb Waters and Robert Lockhart to step up. Lockhart has yet to play in an official game this year and Waters has one catch for five yards in his young Miami career.
* After having a positive practice this week, freshman LB Raphael Kirby may be available this Saturday.
* LB Eddie Johnson has emerged as a starter. He currently ranks second on the team with 24 tackles on the season.
* After their overtime win against Georgia Tech, coach Golden said that special teams must improve. GT averaged 15.5 yards on six kickoff returns and 42 yards on two punt returns.