Coach Al Golden addressed the media at his weekly news conference and updated the status of some of his injured players. Middle linebacker Denzel Perryman, who has a high-ankle sprain, is still in a boot and is not expected to play Saturday against North Carolina State.
Golden said he still hopes that punter Dalton Botts, who also has an ankle sprain, will be able to compete. But Botts still hasn’t practiced. He will try kicking later in the week. Until then, Golden said, redshirt freshman Matt Goudis and usual kicker Jake Wieclaw will compete with each other as if Botts is not playing.
Golden said senior safety Vaughn Telemaque, linebacker Gabe Terry and defensive back Andrew Swasey will all be back this week after recuperating from injuries. A.J. Highsmith is still expected to start at safety opposite freshman Deon Bush.
Offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson got nicked in the ribs and side during the Georgia Tech game, which is why he was limited Saturday. And freshman right tackle Ereck Flowers also was nicked in that game, causing backup Ben Jones to compete in 53 plays. Coaches gushed about how well Jones did.
• Golden on the penalty Saturday against UM for an interference call — a UM coach inadvertently getting in the way of an official: “It wasn’t me. Everyone’s putting it on me. That’s something we’ll discuss with the ACC. I don’t want to make that public.’’