After practice on Tuesday, the media spoke to several Miami players, the last of which was senior wide receiver Mike Harley.
Here’s what he had to say:
A majority of the questions had to do with the new spread offense that the Hurricanes are running, and his feelings leading up to their first game of the year, on Thursday against UAB.
But first, Harley was asked about the Canes latest scrimmage, which was last Friday, and quarterback D’Eriq King.
“He (King) looks real comfortable, he takes everything from the classroom to the field,” Harley said about his QB. King threw for 330 yards and 6 touchdowns, completing 24-of-34 passes in the scrimmage, while Harley caught 5 passes, for 78 yards and 1 touchdown.
“He’s being that great leader he’s been since day one and we just follow.”
Later in the interview, Harley was asked again on his relationship with King, and Harley’s response was incredibly positive.
“All the quarterbacks I’ve played with at UM are great quarterbacks,” Harley said. “This is probably the closest I’ve ever been with a quarterback, on or off the field.”
Harley was also positive when talking about Rhett Lashlee’s offense, saying him and the other players are picking up the system well, and he doesn’t see too many mental errors out on the practice field.
“The game plan we’ve been practicing on Greentree is going to work in games,” continued Harley. “Just watch the game. The offense is going to come alive.”
This is Harley’s third offensive system he’s had to learn while being at Miami, but it seems he’s a fan of Lashlee’s so far.
“This offense is more smooth, easier to learn.” Harley commented on the simplicity of the offense, and that it allows the players to be faster on the field.
In 2019, Harley had his best season yet at Miami, with 38 receptions, for 485 yards and 3 touchdowns.
“This offense is just one-on-one, win your battle, out-tough your opponent, mentally and physically. One play at a time, set the tone.”
Near the end, Harley was asked about the veterans in the wide receiver room, compared to past years and having to start younger players at the position.
“Half of the guys started last year, everyone knows the feeling,” said Harley. “We haven’t played a game since December, but everybody knows the feeling. Everyone starting knows football.”
On Monday, Harley was announced as one of the starting wide receivers for Miami’s opening game against UAB, along with juniors Mark Pope and Dee Wiggins.
“We all locked in. We’re ready to go,” Harley said to close it out.