Monday Q&A with Al Golden

The Hurricanes returned to practice Monday following their blowout loss at Florida State. Read on to see what Al Golden is saying about Duke Johnson, Stephen Morris, mental errors, Virginia Tech, and more.

On bouncing back:
We have a lot to play for. We didn't play the way we wanted to. We have to take care of some things. We have a lot of season left to play. It's really important that we get back on the saddle. We have a tremendous challenge coming in here Saturday night.

On their goals:
It's still all in front of them. They have to trust what we're telling them, let us take them through the process. They have to block everything else out. Some guys need to get over that hump in terms of what it takes, trusting their training.

On Gus Edwards getting more involved now:
In Savnnah and South Florida Gus ran really well. Duke has been playing the best football of his career over the last four games. The same with Dallas. It's function of those guys. Gus is in the mix now, and will be carrying the ball for us Saturday.

On Duke's injury:
He's a great kid. We will miss him. Guys need to rise to the challenge. You open up the ticker and see guys on other teams being injured. It's part of our business. It's the next man up mentality. We need those guys to respond.

On what Edwards brings to the table:
He has speed for 230 pounds. He gets downhill, sees it well. He's a big back who plays fast. We have to get him going. He had a great approach today, same with Dallas. We will try Walter Tucker there too.

On Deon Bush finally being healthy:
He's gotten to that point. It's time for him to impact ball games now.

On young receivers stepping up:
They will have to help us. Dorsett isn't gone for the season. He's fighting like crazy to get back. Malcolm played the most he has all season the other night. Rashawn has to get ready, study, prepare, and be ready down the stretch.

On Stephen Morris:
His health is not an issue. We're not discussing it anymore. We have to let Saturday night go. We learned from it. We covered it, and now we are transitioning to Virginia Tech. Stephen is ready to move on.

On mental errors:
We're good in terms of play calls. Everyone understands it. Our mental errors are 50 percent of what they were a year ago. We have to protect the ball better. We had to be plus 2. We didn't convert our shots, and they did. It all starts and ends with me. We have to get it fixed. I'm the leader of it, and we have to move on from it.

On A.J. Highsmith:
AJ is doing well for us. He has a lot of experience. I know he'd like to have one play back. He was a step away from intercepting it. He's leading, getting us lined up, and doing well for us.

On Olsen Pierre leaving the FSU game:
He's good. Games like that are violent and passionate. We had some guys nicked up. Our health is good.

On Duke's return after the season:
I think he'll be back sooner than later but he has to go through this process. We'll work like heck to get him stronger. Clinton Portis talked to him about that. We'll work on his strength and nutrition. We'll get him back stronger.


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