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For UM, Golden question arises: Who will play against Savannah State, who will be held back?

WEB VOTE The Miami Hurricanes are favored by 60 points against Savannah State. Will they cover the spread?

With 60-point underdog Savannah State on tap for Saturday, Hurricanes coach Al Golden wants to get plenty of his young players some work this week. But who is UM trying to keep out of the game and on target for a redshirt at season’s end?

“We’re trying to hold back [fullback] Walter Tucker, [cornerback] Ray Lewis, [offensive lineman] Sunny [ Odogwu] and [quarterback] Kevin Olsen,” Golden said Wednesday after another soggy practice in Coral Gables. “Obviously, [offensive lineman] Hunter Knighton is out [with an injury]. … I think everybody else has a role.”

• Backup safety Deon Bush, who said Tuesday he was still feeling sore following sports hernia surgery, was checked out again and cleared Monday “for piece of mind,” Golden said.

• Golden, who missed his usual news conference Tuesday because he was feeling ill, said he felt better Wednesday. Asked whether he was contagious, Golden quipped: “I hope my energy [is contagious] but nothing else.”

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