We were coming out and Duke was just cheering, singing songs, basically like they've got this game won. Right there, that kind of lit a flame inside my soul. I was like, 'I can't let this happen.
Q: Who was your favorite person to interview and why?
A: Wow, tough one... To name a few: Jimmy Johnson because we got to go to his house to shoot it. Uncle Luke because he says some wild shit about the "pay-for-play" scandal. Jeremy Shockey because we had no idea what the hell he was going to say next. Art Kehoe because he's got so many rings. Don Bailey Jr. because he knows so much 'Canes history (and tells it to you in his great voice). Drew Rosenhaus because, despite it being about 250 degrees under our lights, he never broke a sweat. Dennis Erickson because he's one of the (many) interviews that the University of Miami tried to block us from getting -- and failed. Lamar Thomas because he's hilarious. Randal Hill because he wore a suit and tie with a gun strapped to his ankle. Bernie Kosar because he is such a nice guy. Alonso Highsmith, Mel Bratton, Tolbert Bain, Brett Perriman and Bennie Blades because they were the 'Canes superstars from my childhood. Jon Vilma, Santana Moss and Willis McGahee because they were the superstars when I was in school at The U. And Howard Schnellenberger because he's Howard-fucking-Schnellenberger and he's got such a presence that you have to just stop and say: "It's Howard-fucking-Schnellenberger. Shit, did I just say that out loud?" Yes. Yes, you did.
Miami's situation is unique in two key respects. By knocking out its toughest challenges early, Miami should be positioned to move up the national polls every week as others fall away. Morale isn't a problem, but the Hurricanes may need to battle malaise and focus issues throughout the rest of the season. Will the swagger carry the day when the whole world isn't watching? This weekend presents a classic letdown situation, but the opponent is lowly FCS (formerly Division 1-AA) squad Florida A&M.
Second, each of the difficult stretches in Table 1 were played exclusively against conference competition. Miami has already played what appear to be three of the most challenging ACC teams it will face, but the Hurricanes' victory over Oklahoma may have the most lasting effect for its BCS national championship aspirations. If a healthy Sam Bradford can put the Sooners back on track for a BCS bowl berth of its own, the computer systems (including FEI) will love the Hurricanes even more.
Miami might have lost to Virginia Tech, but we have not heard the last of Jacory Harris, the Hurricanes sophomore quarterback. He had a miserable day against the Hokies — 9 of 25 with one interception — but it poured rain throughout the game and he had key passes dropped.
College football fans may want to see Harris rebound because of how he handled himself in the postgame interview room. Tight end Jimmy Graham dropped two passes that ruined a third-quarter drive when Miami had some momentum, but Harris did not even hint at displeasure with Graham. Harris, who was completing 69 percent of his passes in two games before Saturday’s 31-7 loss, would not make any alibis because of the drenching rain. Harris is a superb pocket passer and will play in the N.F.L., and succeed.
Who doesn't want to play in front of a hostile crowd? I'm not a cocky or arrogant person, but I like playing away because at the end of the game when you see the fans, you want to see them with stunned faces, stale faces wondering what just happened. That's my fuel at away games. I just want to see the crowd go from like 'Boo, Jacory, boo the team, you sorry, you suck' to like 'What just happened? We just blew the game.'
When Duper calls to talk, "At the end, he'll say, `Who has the best hands?' I say, `Me.' He says, `That's what I like to hear!' ''
Coach Shannon always told us when we make our mind up to go out and play, that's when we're going to be the team...Georgia Tech is going to face a different Miami team this year, because we're going to be able to score at will. So they're going to have to answer, and if they can't answer they're going to have to throw the ball and that's what we want...It's two totally different programs now.
Under Nix the last two years, Miami averaged 6.4 yards per pass, a little over 11 yards per completion and just shy of four passes of 15 yards or longer per game. Against FSU, Harris averaged 11.4 yards per pass, over 18 per completion, and had 12 completions of at least 15 yards, all but one to players who should be back in 2010. Fellow sophomore Travis Benjamin accounted for the Nix quota of long balls by himself. It was the 'Canes' best statistical air show since November 2004, and far more necessary to beat Florida State on the road tonight than it was to beat the tar out of hapless Wake Forest then.