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Miami Hurricanes coach Al Golden pleased by team’s progress

UM had its final practice Thursday before the spring game, and coach Al Golden seemed pleased with what the team has accomplished in its past 14 practices.

When asked if the team is ahead of where it was a year ago, Golden said: “It’s not even close.”

The spring game, at 3 p.m. Saturday at Sun Life Stadium, will not have the services of defensive end Jelani Hamilton, receiver Allen Hurns and Clive Walford.

Hamilton, who injured his right knee early in Tuesday’s practice, does not need surgery, Golden said, without elaborating. The coach said Hurns has a hamstring injury and did not specify about Walford.

Golden praised many players for a strong spring, again including right tackle Seantrel Henderson.

“Seantrel has been improving so much that he’s next to [guard] Danny Isadora and he’s coaching him.”

Golden said his incoming signees “are going to push” the current players. He also said running back Gus Edwards “wants to get in the mix,” and that UM will oblige.

GOLDEN on dorsey

Golden called Ken Dorsey, who was set to be inducted in the UM Sports Hall of Fame on Thursday night, “the mailman.”

“He delivered the mail to all those guys around him and did it incredibly well,” the coach said. “He was an incredible leader from what I understand — smart as can be and tough. And he’s going in with [center Brett] Romberg, which is awesome. And [former RB coach] Don Soldinger, what can you say about those three guys and what they meant to our football family? We’re grateful.”

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