Deon Bush and A.J. Highsmith moved to the top of UM’s depth chart at safety with encouraging efforts against Kansas State, coach Al Golden announced Monday.
“A.J. played outstanding, did a great job,” Golden said. “He still has a long way to go, but he really played well when he was in there. He’s smart, he’s unselfish on special teams and Deon was the most productive of the safeties in the game in terms of tackles, caused a fumble, those type of things. That’s what we’re looking for.”
Although the depth chart listed junior Jimmy Gaines as the first-team weak-side linebacker in place of injured Ramon Buchanan, Golden said junior Tyrone Cornileus ran with the first team Monday. Gionni Paul and Thurston Armbrister also got looks there.
• The Hurricanes’ Sept. 22 football game at Georgia Tech will be televised live at 3 p.m. on Sun Sports in Florida, the Atlantic Coast Conference office announced Monday.
• As for receiver Allen Hurns, who sustained his second head injury since camp began Saturday, Golden was encouraged with how Hurns looked Monday but said he’s not sure when he will return. “I can’t share too much of what the protocol all is, but he looks good,” Golden said. “We’re just going to be cautious. … He’s an inspirational leader, and we’ve got to get him back.”
• Golden said there’s no timetable on Curtis Porter’s return from an appendectomy.