Golden: We're ready to take the next step

With fall practice starting on Saturday, the Canes hit the field with a senior heavy offensive line, a talented group of receivers, and a defense that hopes to learn from last year's mistakes.

The NCAA is the only thing keeping UM from the postseason.

"We're not going to let this disrupt out third consecutive training camp... We've been to hell and back the last two years," said Golden.

"I don't know if I'm any more confident. I'm just being me. I'm a football coach, I'm not a litigator, a researcher, a defender. I had 15 different jobs the last two years. It's been so long since we've been able to talk about anything but that four letter word (NCAA).

"We're considerably bigger on defense right now... You're talking about guys who played 25-30 pounds lighter at some point," he said.

Golden expects to add defensive linemen Julio Derosier and Ufomba Kamalu are expected to be here by Saturday.

Golden said RB Eduardo Clements is going to be (neck) medically cleared.

"We have have the right guys on the train. We have a team that's focused," he said.

"Of the signees only Devante Bond, Rhyheem Lockley, and Derrick Griffin haven't been cleared academically," he said.

Golden's nephew is a walk on receiver. "It's a lifelong dream for him. He's mature enough to understand that I'm the coach. He's in good shape. I'm excited he's here," he said.

He will not be taking Duke Johnson off return to conserve energy. "For us today we're not going to have Randy return kick, then he's not Randy Johnson," he said.

"His body composition is better. He's stronger," said Golden.

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