Miami's Jordan Futch feeling better

CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Miami linebacker Jordan Futch was recovering Tuesday from a suspected case of heat exhaustion, which necessitated him being taken from the Hurricanes' practice field by paramedics and transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital.

Futch, who has been trying to recover from an upper-body injury, was conditioning around 8:30 a.m. Tuesday adjacent to where most of his teammates were practicing. It already was 82 degrees on campus at that point, and felt like 88 when factoring in unseasonably high humidity -- "sneaky hot," Miami coach Al Golden said.

Futch was running and apparently felt faint, then went to the ground. He was tended to on-site by team athletic trainers, and paramedics were called as a precaution.

"It seems like everything is fine," Golden said. "I think it was a case of dehydration and low sugar levels. Again, I'm not the doctor but I'm just trying to give you the idea that everything's fine. He just felt really weak or faint."

Futch was not available for comment. Golden said Thursday that, because of a sholder injury, Futch will not play Saturday when Miami (5-5) visits South Florida (5-4) in the Hurricanes' next-to-last regular-season game.
Futch suffered the injury against Duke on Nov. 5, and Golden said the dehydration had nothing to do with his absence.

"Jordan has been limited in his activity for the last nine or 10 days ... and we wanted to be safe," Golden said Tuesday. "From all accounts Jordan is doing fine."

Futch has 20 tackles in nine games this season for Miami.

Also Tuesday, Golden said safety Ray-Ray Armstrong will play against South Florida. Armstrong did not play last week against Florida State while team officials investigated whether he broke NCAA rules by having dinner with a friend who owns a public-relations firm and represents professional athletes.

Miami compliance officers checked into the matter, found no wrongdoing, and Golden said that athletic director Shawn Eichorst gave Armstrong full clearance on Monday.