UM Football Blog: 10/29

Read on for the latest surrounding the University of Miami football team, as they continue preparing for a big game against Virginia Tech.

Al Golden spoke to the media today about the upcoming game against Virginia Tech.

On the challenge:
Our team is excited. We get to play the team that has been the benchmark of our conference the last eight years. They have a rugged offensive line, using three running backs, and explosive receivers. On defense, they're playing more man to man than we're used to from Bud Foster. They won the last three against us so it'll be a great challenge for us. Our guys had a chance to get rested up and we're back in game mode.

On Logan Thomas:
I hope it does. Like Manuel and Kline, he's tough when he gets going. He does a great job and makes all the throws. He's an excellent quarterback and it'll be a great challenge.

On weather interrupting VT preparations:
They have an indoor facility. As consistent as that staff is, I don't see any interruptions in their preparation.

On improving on 3rd down:
It's interesting because 4 of 12 isn't a good day but 6 of 12 makes you one of the best in the country. You have to protect. You can''t drop one. We've worked it. We don't know what we'll see from Tech. They do have a lot of confidence in their corners. We need to beat man to man and obviously protect.

On going deep:
If you're going to take your shots, you have to hit them. It's no secret, we're a team that will take shots but we haven't been as successful as we want.

On Olsen Pierre:
Olsen is really starting to make progress. He's showing more energy. We really need him to step up and go to the next level for us. The bye week helped him.

On who's stepping up inside:
Corey King. He's getting off blocks better, moving his feet, showing up against good competition. He just has to keep going. We have to continue to work him in.

On Curtis Porter:
Curtis Porter is working with us now. He's been cleared now for the third game for practice, not to go in the game. The Tuesday before FSU, he took 23 plays. We're working around the clock to get him to the point where he can contribute. Hopefully he can help us in the game.

On controlling their own destiny in the Coastal:
For us, we're just trying to concentrate on this game. That's our only focus right now, and to play well. We're healthy and that's long overdue for us.

On sticking with the running game:
Clearly, at Notre Dame, it started to get away from us. Our running game was excellent against North Carolina. Against Florida State, we started off good. We have to have patience in the run game. When we've played best this year, we've been balanced. Dallas has had a good week. I'm confident that he'll be ready for an opportunity.

On Dallas Crawford:
He has a different style. He's a little shiftier. He has excellent short-area quickness. He's tough, has moxie. I'm excited about what he's done the last few practices. He's excellent in pass protection. He's smart and tough and plays with good pad level. He's unselfish. He's worked hard, helped us on special teams. He's waited patiently for this opportunity. He's ready to go.

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