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2015 Miami Hurricanes Fall Camp Quotes – Aug. 8

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Head Coach Al Golden

Do you have a sense of how this team can tackle?

“I think it’s a team right now that is bending really well. We’re trying to do the little things when we’re not in pads, which you can really develop bad habits and I think they’ve made a commitment to that and when they consistently do that you can give them trust and you don’t have to bang them as much. We’re tackling a lot in compartmentalized situations so we’re safe but the tackling isn’t where it needs to be after our first day on the field.”

On Trevor Darling…

“He’s leaner. We have to challenge him to stay lean and stay quick. He’s stronger than he was a year ago. He played a lot of football for us, sometimes we glance over that, but he played a lot of football and he’s a returning starter and a returning veteran for us and he just has to stay lean and do the little things right. I'm pleased with him and we got a good competition over there right now with him and K.C. [McDermott].”

On depth of the safety group…

“Rayshawn [Jenkins] makes a big difference. His health, his explosion, his range and he’s just so much more mature than he was a year ago I'm really proud of him. Dallas [Crawford] can’t say enough about him as a leader. Deon [Bush] is the most experienced. Jamal Carter] and [Jaquan Johnson], it’s a good group and they take a lot of the pressure and burden off each other and they work really well together they communicate well and it’s a tight group.”

On Raphael Kirby…

“Kirby is the best at communications and preparation. I know we’re in college but he’s a pro. He’s a super vet and he’s a guy that does what champions do. He’s got to elevate everyone around him and he’s brought Grace [Jermaine] a really long way in a short period of time.”

DB Tracy Howard

On his progress…

“I feel like [Andreu] Swasey and those guys did a great job on me in the offseason and my coaches did a great job on honing me on my techniques. Individual improvement is great but I'm really looking forward to the team’s success. At the end of the day everybody makes individual progress and that’s what we need for the team to win.”

On Freshmen DBs Sheldrick Redwine and Michael Jackson…

“Those two young guys are doing a great job. They’re listening to the older guys and taking everything in stride. They have the whole defense supporting them, as long as they lean on us they’ll be alright.”

How much easier is your job when the front seven is putting pressure on the QB?

“It makes everybody job easier not just me, it makes the team job easier. When those guys are honing in to what they need to do and they’re getting the offense the ball back and they’re helping the DB’s and the linebackers.”

OT Trevor Darling

What’s the difference in how you feel this year?

“I feel good my weight is down. I'm just taking care of business, watching film trying to get better every day.”

What have you seen from the offensive line group?

“I feel like we’re working good together. We’re doing well as a unit, coach is pushing us and as a unit we’re pushing each other. I feel like the chemistry is already there.”

On importance of versatility at the offensive line…

“It’s important because everybody has to be able to play everything so we can switch around guys and get a rotation going.”

Defensive Tackle Calvin Heurtelou

How is the defensive line looking so far?

We’re looking great. We’re all together, we’re playing as one, we’ve worked hard this summer, everyone’s going after it, and we’re getting smarter. We’re just a whole lot tougher this year.

What makes you feel like it’s a tougher group?

It’s a tougher group just based off of what we did all summer. All summer we attacked the conditioning test, which we all passed. We did a lot of things on our own after the workouts. We just worked together, we got smarter, worked in the film room, and just had a good time.

What is your leadership style like?

I’m more of the guy who helps people-educate. Whenever it’s time to get fired up, I’ll help them get fired up. I’ll pick people up when they’re down, I’ll pick people up when I feel like someone’s slacking.

How do you think the new guys on the line are going to pick up the slack after losing a lot of players from last year?

They’re just going to do what they have to do. They’re going to do a good job. They’re going to do what they’re coached to do and it’s going to be a good year for us.

Offensive Lineman: Danny Isidora

On how practice has been going for the team…

“Everything is going good. We’re working hard. Today was the first day of pads, so we got after it today. The offense had a good mindset and so did the defense. We got after it today and we were excited that today was the first day of pads.”

Are you mixing and matching a lot? Or is it just the first team getting gelled together and you guys are all working together for most of the practice as a first team?

“Pretty much the first team just working together. We mix and match a little bit just for the sake of reps and stuff like that. But mostly it’s just the first team working together and then we have the second team working together.”

How does the first team look this fall?

“Well I like the guys that we have now. We’re going to be really good. We’re working to get better individually and as a unit. We’re all just iron sharpening iron trying to get each other better.”

James Coley [Offensive Coordinator] mentioned that sometimes he’s going to have you practice at right tackle. Does that ever happen?

“It hasn’t happened yet, but I practiced at right tackle in the spring and I did pretty well. I’m looking forward to doing it again.”

Have any of the freshmen stood out to you early on?

Yeah, I like Tyree [St. Louis]. All of them are working hard like Tyree [St. Louis], Tyler Gauthier, and Hayden Mahoney. But all of the freshmen are just working hard. They are all out here just grinding.”

Being a veteran how much do you have to catch the freshman up on the playbook?

“We got a lot of our installs already. They know some of it already, so in our meetings we are just reviewing and going back over stuff that we’ve done already. They know most of it, but we just have to sharpen them up a little bit.”

On Hunter Knighton…

“Hunter Knighton is doing good. He’s never looked better. He looks really good. Our athletic training staff and everybody did a good job with him. He’s doing really well.”


Running Back: Gus Edwards

How do you feel as far as your running game goes?

“I think we’re great as a unit. We have a lot of running backs. [Mark] Walton just showed what he brings to the team and he’s ready right now. We have great depth and just as much depth as we had last year.”

Do you feel like you’re better this year than you were last year?

“I think I’m great. I’m way better at pressing the hole. My patience is a lot better. I think my football IQ has improved a lot and I credit that to the coaches always pushing me or criticizing me on every little run even if it’s a good run. They’re criticizing me on everything, so I credit my football IQ game improving to them.”

How much more confident do you feel approaching practice now that you know the playbook a lot better?

“It makes it a lot easier. Even though I know the playbook, I still try to go over it at night before I go to sleep. Even when I’m at lunch eating I will go through it and before we come out here I’ll even go through the install real quick. It makes it that much easier when you know exactly what you have.”

Are you approaching this season any differently with more focus?

“Well I know I have very big shoes to fill and that pushes me everyday. It makes me come over here knowing that I have to get better every single day. I can’t make the same mistakes that I made yesterday.”

What progressions do you notice in Brad Kaaya?

“Just his leadership. He definitely improved with that. He’s more vocal now and he’s speaking up. That just makes us have more confidence in him and makes us want to go for him.”

Linebacker Jermaine Grace

How big was spring for your confidence?

I just love spring because there are a lot of young guys that are under me that I got to teach and that just helps me learn my playbook, because I have to roll them in the right direction. Spring time is a great time for me, being able to produce and help the younger guys build and be great leaders.

On trying to get his weight up from 215 to 220

I’ve got five more pounds to go. I’ve been gaining every practice. I end up with two or three pounds that I gain. People lose pounds during camp, but I’m gaining. So, that’s a good thing for me. I’m just staying hydrated and drinking muscle milk.

On how Gus Edwards has improved

He’s improved. He’s a good running back-being able to be that big and that shifty. He’s like Duke Johnson but a bigger Duke Johnson for us right now.

Are you excited to try and tackle Gus Edwards during practices?

I try to get a hit on him every day. It’s a big collision like always, because I’m going to bring it and he’s going to bring it. That helps me build myself up for being able to play against a back that’s either his size or a little smaller.

Wide Receiver Stacy Coley

What has it been like working with Kevin Beard and how has that impacted your game in particular?

It’s amazing for him to be our coach. Last year, he was around the players, so we already knew how he was…He’s amazing. He teaches us everything, every day. [We learn] different things every day when we go out on the practice field.

What progression, other than the leadership, have you seen out of Brad Kaaya?

His ball skills, reading the coverage, and picking up the coverage really fast.

What is the main weapon here with this receiving corps?

It’s everything. From speed to power to footwork to best release to hands. It’s everything. We’re not just about speed. Even though we can take it deep, we’re not just focused on speed.