Players talk about FAMU game

Read on to see what several players were saying following the team's win over Florida A&M.

Brad Kaaya

On how he’s feeling after having his first two college games within a five game span:
“This practice week was tough. It was a rushed practice week. We got back at it Wednesday, so we didn’t have as much time to get plays installed, but I feel that we handled it well and attacked the week.”

On how much more comfortable he felt tonight compared to Monday:
“A little bit more. It’s at home. It’s a different environment. It was my second college game. I could say I felt a little more comfortable back there.”

On evaluating his own performance tonight:
“Pretty good. There were some plays I wish I could have had back. We had a few miscommunications out there that we should get worked on. But hey, I’m not a big stats guy, I’m just a big wins guy. That’s all I care about is wins.”

On if he was frustrated from some of the negative plays on what looked to be offsides:
“You can’t just dwell on those plays. You just have got to keep it moving. The referee is not always going to get it in our eyes. You can’t dwell on those plays. You just have got to keep it moving.”

On his chemistry with fellow freshman wide receiver Braxton Berrios:
“Braxton is a really good man-to-man receiver. He’s a good route runner. He’s a guy that I look for on third down in man coverage. This is a guy that I can really rely on.”

Phillip Dorsett

On his 32-yard touchdown catch in the back of the endzone…
“I know I had a post [route], and I thought because of the look they gave, I thought the play was dead. I wasn’t supposed to get the ball on that play. When I saw the ball go up in the air, the only thing I thought was I was going to catch it. No matter where I am, no matter who hits me, just catch the ball.”

On where improvements were made by freshman quarterback Brad Kaaya…
“I would say his poise. He looked like he was ready this game. We made a pact as an offense…to not let the defensive players touch him this game. He looked a lot more comfortable back there. We said we were going to rally around him, because he’s our quarterback, and that’s what we have to do.”

On the team’s confidence heading into next week’s game…
“A lot more [confidence]. As an offense, we have to keep improving. We made a lot of mistakes, we had some ups and downs this game. I would say more good plays than bad plays. We have to keep going. We have to pass the ball more effectively. I felt like his interceptions this game were not his fault. He’s getting a lot better. I know for a fact he has a lot more confidence in his game now.”

Braxton Berrios, WR

On playing a lot ...
“I’m excited. I had a lot of chances tonight, and I’m just trying to capitalize on every one. I think we played well, and I’m looking forward to improving.”

On his prior expectations for the season, coming in as a true freshman ...
"I didn’t expect to play as much as I am. I knew there would be competition. I knew if I deserved it, then I would get it, and I guess the coaches feel I deserve it."

On Miami’s team chemistry ...
"We are pulling each other along. Obviously, I’m getting a lot of playing time and Brad is a starting QB, so we’re in the same boat in regards to pressure and coming out as true freshman. We’re just feeding off each other and talking each other through the whole thing on and off the field like in the dorms. We’re around each other a lot, and it just comes naturally."

On offense improvement from last week and what he would like to see as the season progresses ...
"I think we improved greatly. Like the O-line said, they had a pit in their stomachs, and they practiced hard all week--as well as the rest of us. Going forward, we still have to improve on everything. Nothing is at a 12-game area. We have to keep on working every week, and hopefully we can reach our potential."

On health regarding knee injury back in January ...
"We’ll see. I think I’m back, but we’ll find out."

On working on field with Kaaya in May, June and July ...
"I probably touched the field in June or July. We didn’t have too much going into the summer, but when fall camp started, that’s when we hit the ground running."

Duke Johnson, RB

On the meaning of the game ...
"In some aspects, it was my first home game back from injury. I think it means more to my mom than me, she gathered up a huge crowd, a big fan base to come out and sit in one section for the game but I think it meant more to her than me."

On the offensive performance ...
"I think we stepped up big time from the last week. We still have a lot of things to correct and get better at, but for the most part I think we did a great job. I am just looking forward to next week."

On milestones reached tonight ...
"Just being in the arena with some of the guys is a great feeling alone. Just being compared to a lot of great running backs that came through here is heart felt and I think it is a great accomplishment."

On Where he feels the offense is at ...
"I think we have a long way to go. We have Brad - Brad has a long way to go. He is a freshman, and so does the offensive line starting with the center Shane McDermott, and he is a senior. As a whole we have a long way to go. Every guy has more stuff they can take. Even the guys who are coming off second & third string have more to give and more to give and more to learn. I wouldn't say we are pretty far right now, but we are just getting started and getting rolling."

On if he feels the offensive line was better tonight ...
"I feel it was much better tonight. I think the guys came out with that bad taste from last week in their mouths, and we just wanted to just come out here and play the football that we know we are capable of playing."

On Joseph Yearby...
"It's just great to see a guy come in and work hard and battle. It's the same injury I had coming from high school. He is working hard every day to get better, and better himself to get adjusted to the college game. Today was his first go around, his first taste of college and I think he has done well."


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