Q&A with Curtis Porter

Spring football resumed today, and one of Miami's key players is fifth year senior defensive tackle Curtis Porter. Read on to see what he was saying at practice today.

Q: You have the black jersey on. How much does that mean to you? How much desire do you have to keep it?
A: It means a lot. It makes you stand out; it shows that you've put in a lot of work.

Q: How much have you had to persevere during your career here? In terms of ups and down, injuries, and just staying with it.
A: A lot, but just me having my good faith and just having good people around me. Just have to stay strong and stay positive.

Q: How much has this program changed since you got here?
A: It's changed a lot, a lot of good and a lot of bad. Just have to take your apples and go with it.

Q: Coach has brought you up a bunch of times. Do you like that kind of pressure?
A: Of course there's going to be pressure. As a 5th year Senior you have to show the ropes for the younger guys. If not then you're not being a leader and you're not playing the role that they want you to play.

Q: Obviously last year one of the things people pointed out was that the defensive line was not getting enough pressure on the QB. How much do you think that's going to be different this year?
A: It's going to be different. It's offseason, this is the time to get stronger, faster, and bigger, which is what we're doing.

My bench has gone up. I went from 385-405. It's time to get my 40 up, get my speed right. Coach Swasey has been working on that with me. I feel good, I'm glad to be back here with this team and I'm ready to try to do something good for this program.

Q: How long does it feel like you've been here?
A: It feels like I've been here for a long time. Q: Do you feel like the old man or the dad figure of this group?
A: Pretty much. I'm the one that everyone looks up to. I don't mind.

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