Miami Hurricanes head coach Manny Diaz told media members on Monday that his team was not satisfied with its 47-34 victory over Louisville on Saturday night.
“We didn't play well by any metric on defense,” Diaz said. “The team was not satisfied with how we played against Louisville... We did a lot of things well. But they realize that we can be so much better.”
Scoring 47 points on offense and holding a high-powered offense like Louisville’s to just six points in the first half did not necessarily equate to a great film review for many Hurricane players.
Diaz said that Miami only had ten players (five on offense, five on defense) graded out “like a champion” after the coaching staff reviewed the film.
“Our attention to detail can really go up,” Diaz said. “It was fun to watch our offense be disappointed in scoring 47 points but that was really the mood in here (on Sunday).”
The victory pushed Miami to No.12 in the Associated Press poll.
Diaz said the Hurricanes practiced with a sense of urgency Sunday night with improving for Saturday night’s game against rival Florida State on their minds.
“It doesn’t matter what happened the week before, it doesn’t matter what the records are,” Diaz said of the Florida State rivalry. “The intensity of that game, the stakes of that game, the unlikely heroes at times that that game produces...I think that’s all why we all love to watch it.”
Ed Reed making an impact as chief of staff
Hurricanes chief of staff and legendary alumnus Ed Reed got a good bit of air time on ESPN’s broadcast on Saturday night.
Reed was hired by Diaz in a part-time role as Miami’s chief of staff in January. Both Diaz and defensive coordinator Blake Baker said Monday that they will come to Reed for his opinion on numerous things during the game because of his unique perspective.
The former NFL all-pro was also seen on the sideline discussing plays with a game official on Saturday night.
“I guess (he helps) with the officiating too is what it sounds like,” Diaz joked. “He’s been so valuable... What he can provide during the course of the game has been really good for us.”
“Ed has been awesome,” Baker said. “He sees things from 30,000 feet...He has really, really been good for us and he is fun to be around.”
True freshman offensive lineman Issiah Walker Jr.’s tweet piqued the interest of some Hurricane fans today.
Many speculated that the tweet referenced Walker being cleared to participate in games by the NCAA after he transferred to Miami from Florida in May.
Diaz said Monday that he does not have an official update on Walker, who has been on Miami’s unavailable list against UAB and Louisville.
“He’s just happy to be here,” Diaz said of the tweet.
Monday’s “new” depth chart
On Monday afternoon, the Hurricanes released what appeared to be an identical depth chart to last week’s.
Miami Hurricanes depth chart for FSU week appears virtually unchanged. pic.twitter.com/4NkgHcgABM— David Furones (@DavidFurones_) September 21, 2020
It did still feature offensive reserves Jeremiah Payton and Larry Hodges, who were on Miami’s unavailable list for last Saturday’s win.
Diaz did not say specifically whether either player would be able to suit up for the Florida State game.
“We definitely have a chance of getting some guys back who were on that list,” Diaz said. “We will see how the week goes.”
In addition to Walker, Payton and Hodges, the list also featured reserve quarterback Tate Martell. Diaz said Monday that Miami would “re-visit (things) after the season” with Martell, who the Miami Herald reported opted out of the 2020 season.
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