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Al Golden: Miami Hurricanes’ Stacy Coley can be trusted

 
 
Stacy Coley scores a touchdown in the first during the University of Miami vs Savannah State football game at Sun Life Stadium on Saturday, September 21, 2013.
Stacy Coley scores a touchdown in the first during the University of Miami vs Savannah State football game at Sun Life Stadium on Saturday, September 21, 2013.
Al Diaz / Miami Herald Staff

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Freshman receiver Stacy Coley, who had a pair of drops in the season opener against FAU and bounced back last week against Savannah State with a touchdown catch and a kickoff return for a score, can be trusted now on special teams, coach Al Golden said earlier this week.

“By that I mean in terms of making good decisions, running the ball where it needs to be run,” Golden said. “A couple of his punt returns were still going too much laterally. They need to get up the field. But we’ll work on that. But in terms of handling the ball in practice and not having the ball on the ground, he’s earned our trust. Him and Artie Burns are going to hopefully be a factor there.”

The Hurricanes (3-0) have been looking for help on special teams, where they might be able to lighten the load some on talented sophomore Duke Johnson, who himself had a 95-yard kickoff return to open the game.

• Starting center Shane McDermott (foot) was listed as doubtful on UM’s injury report Thursday. Fifth-year senior Jared Wheeler started in his place last week and did a nice job, according to Golden. Receiver Rashawn Scott and offensive lineman Danny Isidora, still coming back from injury, are listed as out for USF. Quarterback Stephen Morris (bruised ankle) was not listed on the injury report and is expected to play.

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