Redshirt Sophomore DL Gerald Willis

Read on to see everything defensive lineman Gerald Willis was saying following the second day of fall camp on Friday,

On anybody that took him under his wing after transferring to Miami…

Stan Dobard, we were high school teammates and since I’ve been here he’s been showing me a lot.”

On what he brings to the defensive line…
“I think my quickness, my hands, and my instincts will all help give me an edge when we line up.”

On what it has been like playing in a new scheme…
“Coach Diaz always says the 4-3 defensive scheme is set so that we can make plays and it’s been showing in practice.”

On which young players have impressed him…
“Joe Jackson and Tyreic [Martin]. Most of the freshman come in and have to learn a lot right off of the bat. But they both came in here with a purpose and they’re picking things up quick.”

On conditioning for this season and improvements compared to last season…
“Big Gus [Felder], the strength and conditioning coach, he been out here with us all summer and I feel like I’m in the best shape that I ever have been.”

On his body composition…
The coaching staff wanted me to put on some healthy weight. I came in 270 lbs. and now I’m up to 285 lbs. I also had a 30 percent body-fat percentage and now I’m down to 20 percent. We have all been happy with the results so far.”

On what it was like watching from the sideline last year after transferring…
“It was tough to watch, everyone else is out there getting reps and making plays. It hurt a little but now being only a month away from the first game I’m really excited. I want to show everyone this season that I’m ready.”


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