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UM coach Al Golden making changes in lineup, play-calling for FSU

Miami Hurricanes coach Al Golden celebrates after a third quarter field goal as they play the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens on September 19, 2015.
Miami Hurricanes coach Al Golden celebrates after a third quarter field goal as they play the Nebraska Cornhuskers at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens on September 19, 2015. ctrainor@miamiherald.com

Al Golden said Tuesday during his press conference in advance of the Florida State game that “subtle” changes — “in both personnel and play-calling’’ will occur for Miami (3-1, 0-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) against the Seminoles (4-0, 2-0).

“Whether that’s a [second string] becoming the [first string] or [second string] playing more, switching a position or whatever the case may be, we’ve done that,’’ Golden said. “We met as a staff on Friday, met with the kids on Friday, and a lot of that was implemented by the time we left on Friday night, in terms of how we want to proceed.

“To be perfectly frank, I’m not going to share it with you now, but some of what happened’’ in the loss at Cincinnati, Golden said, “necessitated it.’’

Some things you can expect: wide receiver Stacy Coley, who injured his left hamstring in the opener, sat out at FAU, then injured it again against Nebraska, will be back at FSU, according to Golden. The coach also said Braxton Berrios, who hurt his left knee in the opener and played sparingly at Cincinnati, “was the best he has been’’ on Tuesday. “I can see it in his eyes [Tuesday]. He feels better, he looks better. Those two guys will help us.’’

Weak-side linebacker Jermaine Grace is another matter. Grace, who already had hurt his right shoulder against Nebraska, as well as sustaining a head injury and going through concussion protocol, then injured his right ankle at 11:12 of the second quarter last Thursday against the Bearcats. But Golden said Tuesday that Grace, who was not with the rest of the team during the media’s 15 minutes of practice viewing and did not take any reps during the practice, “was much better [Tuesday] then we thought he would be.’’

Golden said the coaching staff had “more hope’’ Tuesday for a quicker recovery for Grace than they did Monday. “He went through a regimen today way ahead of where we thought he would be. There’s a really good possibility he could practice [Wednesday]. We’ll see. I did not feel that way Monday morning. He’s got a chance.’’

▪ Expect to see tackle Kc McDermott and guard Joe Brown in the offensive line rotation in Tallahassee. Neither played last week.

“Those two guys will play more, just to keep the rep counts a little bit more equal. … Both Joe and Kc need to help us,” Golden said. “They need to step up. It’s going to help us stay fresher, play more guys there and hopefully be more effective than we were the other night.’’

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