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Miami Hurricanes defensive back Antonio Crawford tweets he is ‘out’ but status with team still uncertain

University of Miami defensive back Antonio Crawford intercepts a pass by Wake Forest quarterback Tanner Price and returns it 5 yards in the final seconds of the fourth quarter of their game at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens on Oct. 26, 2013.
University of Miami defensive back Antonio Crawford intercepts a pass by Wake Forest quarterback Tanner Price and returns it 5 yards in the final seconds of the fourth quarter of their game at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens on Oct. 26, 2013. Miami Herald Staff

University of Miami coach Al Golden announced Sunday that senior kicker Matt Goudis, who missed most of the season with a back injury, had “retired’’ from the Hurricanes.

On Saturday, Golden said senior walk-on-turned-scholarship receiver Garrett Kidd “retired’’ from the Canes.

Cornerback Antonio Crawford?

That’s another story.

Crawford, a 5-11, 190-pound soon-to-be senior out of Tampa Plant High School, generated some buzz Saturday night when he posted on Twitter: “All I wanna do is play ball the way I know how and be happy,’’ and then, five minutes later tweeted, “I’m a piece of gold that gets treated like a piece of silver, therefore I’m out!!’’

Crawford was not at practice Sunday, and was expected there, according to Golden.

One source close to the program said Crawford talked about leaving after last season. Another UM source said Sunday after practice that Crawford was frustrated and “wants to leave,’’ but wouldn’t elaborate on reasons, and said coaches want him to stay.

Later Sunday afternoon, Crawford had removed the tweet about being “out!!’’

When Golden was told Crawford had “put it out there that he’s gone,’’ Golden said, “I did not know that.

“Anytime there’s an internal issue, we don’t communicate that publicly. If that is the case, if that’s what his decision is, then we’ll make that clear to you guys. But in terms of anything from a personal matter, I can’t even tell you, how many, with 114 kids, we go through a lot of this and it’s just a different era. A lot of it is played out publicly, so if that’s his case, we’ll release it.

“We hope it’s not the case.’’

Crawford has made two starts in his 38 games over three seasons. He has 58 tackles, a sack, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one interception.

When asked if Crawford was frustrated, Golden said of the nickelback: “Everybody’s frustrated. It’s the only sport in the world where 80 percent of the team is not starters. It’s the only sport where everybody is fighting for a starting job and there’s 100-something players and there’s 22 spots. It’s a difficult process.

“He’s played a lot of football for us. He means a lot to our team, so it would be disappointing if that was, in fact, the case. I don’t want to go any further with it.’’

The other corners on the recently released spring depth chart are first-teamers Artie Burns and Tracy Howard, with Crawford and redshirt freshman Ryan Mayes listed behind Burns, and Corn Elder behind Howard. Elder has been sitting out of practice with a hamstring injury.

On Sunday, safety Deon Bush was working at cornerback, something Golden does as an insurance precaution.

“Just like we did with [the departed Ladarius] Gunter,’’ the coach said, adding that Burns will double-train at safety.

Incoming freshmen Michael Jackson of Birmingham, Alabama, and Sheldrick Redwine of Miami Killian are slotted at cornerback, with Robert Knowles of Miami Edison a safety.

Early enrollee Jaquan Johnson is a safety who “maybe can play corner,’’ Golden said. “But he’s so encouraging right now at safety.’’

As for Goudis, Golden said that after surgery, the kicker “wasn’t coming back the way he wanted to” and had an “unbelievable’’ job opportunity “for someone his age and we’re excited for him.

“… Can’t say enough good things about Matt Goudis as a person, as a student-athlete.’’

Goudis played in 18 games and connected on 17 of 23 field goals (73.9 percent). He made all 114 extra points.

Current kicker Michael Badgley, a sophomore-to-be, is 14 of 18 on field goals (77.8 percent), making all five attempts between 40 and 49 yards. He is 34 of 38 on extra points

Kidd ended his career with two catches for 13 yards in 13 games.

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