Q: You got some pretty good playing time against New Mexico State. How did it feel to get in there and get after it?
Terry Washington: It felt great. The best feeling in the world. I didn't get a lot of snaps the week before (against Colorado State).
Q: Do you remember your first couple plays against New Mexico State? Was it hard to block out the crowd?
TW: It was loud. It was hard to block out the crowd. Everything was moving fast. This was before the play even started. I was just trying to get everything in my head right. It was pretty intense.
Q: Did you feel like you settled down after that?
TW: Yeah, afterwards I settled down. I knew I would. It was just something I had to do. It comes natural.
Q: What about that kickoff return? You looked pretty good.
TW: Besides the big hit on the sidelines, that was the best part of the game for me because I actually got a chance to touch the ball and make a big play, do something for the team and contribute.
Q: Tell me about Miami. Are you looking forward to playing that game?
TW: If there was any game in the world to play, this would be the game I'd want to play because this is the best of the best. They've got a lot of speed, they're always ranked at the top. If we can go in and play with them, it'll be good for us.
Q: In watching film of them, what have seen about them that's going to present the biggest challenge for you all?
TW: Speed. They run a lot of long routes and fades.
Q: Can you guys keep up with them? Every player I've talked to has said the same thing, "speed, speed, speed."
TW: The best players learn their opponents by watching film. The speed plays a factor, but once we learn so much about them — I mean, we have speed also.
Q: What's your sense of the team's mental state? Do you guys feel confident going in there at this point?
TW: I think we feel very confident. We're 2-0. Those were two great games for us to see where we're at. We improved from the first game to the second game. Like I said, this could be big. This will really show us where we stand — if we need to work harder or watch more film. This is it.