Three Hurricane starters sidelined
CORAL GABLES — After arriving at Miami as midyear enrollee in January, freshman OL Navaughn Donaldson wasted little time in becoming an impact player for the Hurricanes.
All through spring workouts and fall camp, coaches and teammates raved about Donaldson’s athleticism, strength and ability to make plays, even as a freshman. He worked his way into the starting rotation and has been the only Miami freshman to start all four games this season. The right guard’s streak will end Saturday. The 6-foot-6, 350-pound Donaldson was listed by Miami as one of three starters set to miss Saturday’s game against Georgia Tech due an injury. C Dee Delaney and S Sheldrick Redwine are also out.
Though Hurricanes coach Mark Richt has not confirmed it, there may have been concussion concerns for Redwine, listed on Miami’s ACC-mandated injury report as out with an upper extremity injury. Richt also declined earlier this week to give specifics on Delaney’s injury, listed only as a lower extremity issue on the report.
On the offensive line, former Douglas standout Corey Gaynor could get the start while players such as Robert Knowles, Trajan Bandy, Jhavontae Dean and Amari Carter could get more time in the secondary.
Next game: No. 11 Miami vs. Georgia Tech, 3:30 p.m., ABC
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