Hurricanes kicker Matt Goudis, a junior who made 13 of his 17 field-goal attempts last season, said he is feeling better after injuring his back this summer, forcing him to “miss some time in the weight room and running.”
He said his back is feeling “a lot” better now, but he needs to build up his legs again.
“I should be good to go and back by Louisville,” Goudis said of the Sept. 1 opener. “From missing some running, my legs are just a little tired, not as explosive, but I’m still hitting from 50. In four more weeks I should be good to go.”
The Canes had their next-to-last afternoon practice of fall camp Friday and their fourth consecutive session with a lightning delay.
That streak could end Saturday, when they switch to a morning practice and don full pads for the first time. They will go in the afternoon Sunday and then back to mornings Monday.
“It’s almost comical,” UM coach Al Golden said, laughing, when he was told by a reporter that it was a short practice.
“We only had one interruption [Friday], so this was good. The kids fought through it, finished up their finals and papers [Friday morning] and got locked in. I’m proud of them. They did a great job this week. Great maturity, excellent leadership, good focus.”
Golden said he likes morning practices better.
“Yeah, it’s good for their recovery,” he said. “It’s better for our meeting schedule and, most importantly, it’s best in terms of the heat and everything.”