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Walter Tucker to make UM debut against Georgia Tech

 
 
American Heritage's Walter Tucker finishes second in the final of the Boys 110 Meter Hurdles during the FHSAA Class 2A Track & Field Finals at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville on April 27, 2013.
American Heritage's Walter Tucker finishes second in the final of the Boys 110 Meter Hurdles during the FHSAA Class 2A Track & Field Finals at the University of North Florida in Jacksonville on April 27, 2013.
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Coach Al Golden said Plantation American Heritage graduate Walter Tucker will play in his first game Saturday against Georgia Tech.

Tucker, a two-time state champion in the 110-meter hurdles, state runner-up in the 300-meter hurdles and one of the state’s best discus throwers in high school, played running back and linebacker at American Heritage and received a late offer from UM in June. He was going to be redshirted this season, but the recent hamstring injury to backup running back Eduardo Clements changed Golden’s plan.

“He will play this week certainly on special teams, but he can play fullback,’’ Golden said. He’ll take some of the roles for Eduardo. Hopefully Eduardo can make it back, but we have to move forward.’’

Golden said the Hurricanes will try to keep Clements “on task, keep him around the team.

“OT can have a very positive impact on a lot of the other guys in that room – Gus [Edwards], Walter [Tucker] and Dallas [Crawford]. Hopefully he can continue to fight through it.’’

INJURY UPDATE

Golden hopes quarterback Stephen Morris (ankle bruise) will be 95 to 100 percent healed by Saturday.

“It’s a deep bruise, just takes a little bit of time. It’s painful is what it is,” Golden said. “Structurally there’s nothing wrong or we wouldn’t put him out there.’’

Center Shane McDermott (foot) was full-go Tuesday and linebacker Jermaine Grace (oblique) should be ready to play Saturday.

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