UM Players: VT Post-Game

Read on to see what several Hurricane players were saying following their 10-point win over Virginia Tech.

Stacy Coley, WR

On Brad Kaaya this week...
“Brad is the same guy every day. Brad is Brad. Brad’s own technique is real serious. Every day before the game, when we’re on the way to the game, Brad is always in his notes and just going over what he has to do, what are the checks, and stuff like that.”

On regaining focus after FSU loss...
“We took that tough loss that we felt like we shouldn’t have taken, but we just knew that we have the Coastal in front of us and we still have a shot at the Coastal.”

On last drive in the first half...
“First off, Coach KB always tells us that we have to make plays. He always emphasizes to us that we always have to make plays, and it just so happened that we got the turnover, and then we took a shot down field with Herb, and Herb came down with it. Then we knew we were in two-minute mode, so we had to get right back on the ball. As a wide receiver we knew we had to catch every ball, and then we got a lane so we just let it bounce to stop the clock, so we knew what situation we were facing.”

Artie Burns, DB

On turnover in the second half...
“They ran a little snag concept, they had a little roll out. I just stayed on my man, glued onto my man, and he just chucked it up and I just made a play on the ball.”

On getting to the ball more this year...
“I’m just trusting my technique. I’ve been working on my craft over the offseason, getting better with ball control and stuff like that, and making plays.”

Al-Quadin Muhammad, DL

On playing incredibly hard recently...
“There’s a lot going through my mind. At this point, I’m playing for me, I’m playing for my teammates, and I’m playing for the coaches, and I’m doing everything they ask me to do just so we can win. So, it’s not about me, it’s definitely about the team.”

On the mood of the defense after Raphael Kirby’s injury...
“Juwon [Young] got an opportunity to come in, and he came in, he played well. At the end of the day, once I saw Raphael Kirby get hurt, I made sure I played even harder, just for him because he’s one of our captains. He’s a good guy overall. So, at the end of the day, it’s huge to see Juwon step up when Raphael got hurt.”

On the team moving forward without Raphael Kirby
“It’s tough, but other guys have got to step up, and execute, and do their job. Hopefully, he’ll get well, hopefully he’ll be back, God willing, but it’s really tough, it’s tough.

Do you get any personal satisfaction from being back on the field?
“At the end of the day, like you said, it’s about the team. It’s not about me, it’s about the team, and that’s who I’m playing for right now. I’m playing for my teammates, I’m playing for the coaches, I’m actually playing for my son. My son didn’t get the chance to come out here and watch the game, but I know he’s watching it on TV, and that’s really deep down inside who I play for. I play for my child.”

Juwon Young, LB

On what it was like those first few minutes that the team lost Raphael Kirby and stepping in to replace him.
“I couldn’t really explain it in the moment. But, knowing how I prepared, and knowing how I’ve been working at practice, next man mentality. [Raphael] Kirby’s always telling me to stay on his level, so I try to beat him out at practice, and it just helped me a lot in the game when it was my time.”

On the interception...
“We were in buzz coverage and I was just getting to my drop.”

On what the interception does for his confidence...
“Boosted. Definitely boosted. I’ve been kind of down just waiting on my chance. So now I finally got it, but it boosted my confidence a lot.”

On how tough it is to be the guy on the bench that has to be patient and wait his time
“It’s really not tough. Everybody wants to go out there and make plays, but you have got to put the team first. It’s like you’re waiting on your turn. Nobody is selfish, nobody wants to rush their time, let’s put it like that. Because, you don’t want to rush your time and not be ready.”

On losing the captain of the defense...
“I got to be the captain. That’s it. Point, blank, period. I’m the mic of the defense. I’m the quarterback of the defense, so I got to give the calls, the checks and all that.”

Chad Thomas, DL

On his playing performance this year in comparison to last year...
“It was just a mindset. I came here last year I had to learn a lot. Learning from Chickillo, he taught me a lot. So this year I know my stuff. So as I keep on studying my playbook, play harder, play with effort and technique. Just get better for the next game.

On what he said to Raphael Kirby and thoughts on his absence...
“I didn’t say anything to him, we knew we had to step up. Earlier in the week I told JY (Juwon Young) that we’re going to need him. I didn’t know that was going to happen so I already knew he was ready for it. I told JY we are going to need him and he’s got to step up. He’s got to do his thing.”

On playing Clemson next week at home...
“It’s a big challenge, it’s our next game but we’ve got our focus on heavy next week. Practice, we’ve got to go hard in practice. We’ve got to go to meeting rooms, major film. That’s just the next game and we’ve got to take on the challenge. They are a No. 5 team, we’re trying to win the game.”

Stacy Coley, WR

On Brad Kaaya this week...
“Brad is the same guy every day. Brad is Brad. Brad’s own technique is real serious. Every day before the game, when we’re on the way to the game, Brad is always in his notes and just going over what he has to do, what are the checks, and stuff like that.”

On regaining focus after FSU loss...
“We took that tough loss that we felt like we shouldn’t have taken, but we just knew that we have the Coastal in front of us and we still have a shot at the Coastal.”

On last drive in the first half...
“First off, Coach KB always tells us that we have to make plays. He always emphasizes to us that we always have to make plays, and it just so happened that we got the turnover, and then we took a shot down field with Herb, and Herb came down with it. Then we knew we were in two-minute mode, so we had to get right back on the ball. As a wide receiver we knew we had to catch every ball, and then we got a lane so we just let it bounce to stop the clock, so we knew what situation we were facing.”

Artie Burns, DB

On turnover in the second half...
“They ran a little snag concept, they had a little roll out. I just stayed on my man, glued onto my man, and he just chucked it up and I just made a play on the ball.”

On getting to the ball more this year...
“I’m just trusting my technique. I’ve been working on my craft over the offseason, getting better with ball control and stuff like that, and making plays.”


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