Hurricanes coach Al Golden indicated Wednesday during his pregame news conference that receiver Rashawn Scott, backup offensive guard Alex Gall and kicker Matt Goudis are “not ready” to play Saturday against Duke (4-0, 0-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).
Scott, recovering from a collarbone injury, was expected to play sooner, the coach said.
“I thought he’d be ready last week, so I’m disappointed he’s not ready this week,” Golden said. “We’re getting to that point of the season where we have to figure it out. We have a lot of football left, though, obviously. We haven’t kicked the ball off in the Coastal [Division]. We’ll see where that plays out this week.”
A source said Gall has issues with his back.
Freshman defensive end Chad Thomas also had a back ailment — severe spasms — that kept him from traveling to Nebraska last week.
Thomas has two tackles in three games.
“He did a little more [Wednesday] and I’m hopeful that he’ll do even more [Thursday],” Golden said of Thomas. “Right now, we’re hopeful that he’ll be ready to go for Saturday. We need him. We need depth.”
The Hurricanes (2-2, 0-1) will go with freshman kicker Michael Badgley for the third consecutive game Saturday.
Matt Goudis, a junior, has been in too much pain to kick. His is believed to have a back injury.
Badgley, 5-10 and 180 pounds, is a walk-on from Summit, New Jersey. He made his only field-goal attempt — a 34-yarder — Saturday at Nebraska. He has missed one extra point in 10 attempts.