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Players: Day 1 of Fall Camp

Read on to see what several Hurricane players were saying following the first day of fall camp on Thursday.

Quarterback Brad Kaaya

On the first day of camp...
“The first day went pretty well. Of course its new coaches, but we’ve been through this before with spring practice. Our practice setup is similar to the springtime, so some guys are acclimated, but we also have newcomers like freshmen and transfers. It’s a new team so everyone needs to get acclimated to how things function.”

On the intensity level of the first practice...
“You can see me, I’m sweating hard right now. Guys are soaked and we got after it today. It was full throttle, almost like conditioning out there with every single rep we did.”

On the responsibilities he has as the quarterback...
“As a quarterback in Coach Richt’s offense, the offense flows through you. I’m responsible for a lot of things and I think I’m handling it well. I just have to keep working and keep getting better.”

 

Running Back Gus Edwards

On how it feels to get back out on the field and fall camp getting started...
“It feels really good. I felt great out there today and my foot didn’t bother me at all. It was fun; we got a lot of work in at the same time, but it was fun to get back out there after a couple of months.”

On what was going through his head while he was injured to get back to this point...
“At first I was just wanting to stay close to my team. I didn’t want to push away from them just because I couldn’t be on the field with them. Just watching film and giving as much support as I can to the other guys that are in the backfield, and just being around it. At the same time, I was motivated to come back out here and be better than I was when I got hurt.”

On where he sees himself fit in the backfield rotation and what he hopes to contribute...
“All I can do is just worry about what I can control; just go out there and try to show the coaches what I bring to the team, what I bring to the offense, and the backfield, and let them make the decision on how they want to utilize me.”

 

Defensive Lineman RJ McIntosh

On the intensity of the opening practice...
“We had a couple breaks, but it’s always tough the first day. Hopefully we can work through that.”

On what he’s noticed about Chad Thomas and Al-Quadin Muhammad this year...
“They’re more aggressive. They’re more competitive and are always pushing each other in the weight room and out here. I definitely saw them pushing each other out here today. Out there on the field, we definitely try to push each other and motivate each other. That’s definitely what Quan and Chad were doing and I tried to do that, also. This year we should be more aggressive and we are really counting on those two guys.”

On the importance of a defensive tackle in this defensive scheme...
“I’m moving around more than other players, me and Kendrick [Norton] are moving to different sides. I honestly think the tackle is the key because we are on the inside and you have to know what you’re doing to help others.”

 

Quarterback Evan Shirreffs

On how important it is to win the backup quarterback job...
“Obviously you want to be as high as you can on the depth chart. I’ve been working all summer, as well as all the other guys. That’s what everyone wants to be at this point, so it's obviously important to all of us, and how we can help the team.”

On what he was most proud of in the offseason...
“I feel like all the quarterbacks, including myself, got better this summer. We were all working hard with Coach Gus [Felder] in the weight room, and out here with the player-run practices. Personally, I am pretty proud of how I gained about 15 pounds, with the help of the weight training staff. So did a couple other quarterbacks, so I feel good about that.”

On what the coaches are looking for in practice...

"They are definitely looking at consistency - who makes the best decisions, who knows the offense, who knows what to do every play, who makes the least mistakes.

“Every practice they are charting every throw, every hand-off, and after every hand-off, they are making sure we carry out every fake. They are watching every aspect of our game."

 

Linebacker Darrion Owens

On his flexibility in his knee…
“Everything feels good. It’s just like I’ve got to trust it. I’m running around and I do something [and I think], ‘Oh, I actually can do this.’ So, it’s just a mind thing right now. So, I’m battling with that, just get that over with and I’m fine.”

On how it felt to be back on the field…
“It felt good. It’s been a little too long, so I’m happy to be out here with my teammates instead of sitting back. So, it was great to be back.”

On if there are any plans for him to sit out any practices…
“I feel pretty good. If I take care of my body, I don’t plan to miss any practices. So, I’ve just got to take care [of my body].”

 

Running Back Joe Yearby

On the first day of training camp...
“First day went good. Got a chance to see the new coaches, try out the new system. I feel like everybody made a good improvement since the spring.”

On what he is focused on improving...
“Everything, I’m not satisfied with what I did last year. Being a better person on and off the field. Being a better teammate and just being better player.”

On if there is a change of practice pace with new staff...
“It’s definitely a faster tempo and that’s really about it. It’s just faster, faster and faster.”

 

Safety Rayshawn Jenkins

On defensive coordinator Manny Diaz...
“I would say the overall difference is the relaxation. He allows you to play fast, puts you in a lot of situations for us to make plays as well as getting his ballhawks around the ball.”

On his conversations with  teammate Jamal Carter...
“We always talk about how we have to compete every day and be consistent, that we can’t take days off.  There’s a lot of communication between us, but also with the younger guys like Jaquan [Johnson] and Robert Knowles. Because if we go down those are the guys needed to step up.”


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