Defensive Players Talk Thursday

Read on to see what some of Miami's defensive players were saying following practice Thursday morning.

Linebacker Darrion Owens

On missing time due to injury…

“I love the game. I want to be out there. I wish I could be out there with them, playing along with them. I’ve been playing this since I’ve been young. It is hard, just watching them going out there. But it’s better than sitting in the training room, wondering what they’re doing. It’s still a good feeling to be out here with them.”

On what he gains from watching from the sideline…

“When you’re watching, I think I can see how certain people deal with certain situations, and how some younger guys grow up and step up to adversity.”

On the team’s trio of freshmen linebackers – Shaq Quarterman, Michael Pinckney and Zach McCloud…

“They don’t act like freshmen. All the freshmen linebackers, I have a good relationship with them and all of them carry themselves not like usual freshmen would. They work hard, they have a good head on their shoulders…they’re going to have a great future. I’m excited to see them play this year and from now on. They’re all going to be great.”


Defensive Back Rayshawn Jenkins

On how the defense played in the second scrimmage…

“There were definitely some good plays, but then again, there were definitely bad plays. We still have room for improvement, but that’s what practice is for. We have jut about two weeks before the game, and we have to get some things fixed.”

On how the defense stands compared to this point in camps of the past few years…

“In my opinion, it’s definitely better than in recent years we’ve been here, but it’s still not where we want it to be. There’s some stuff, like I said, that we still need to clean up, and we’ll move from there.”

On if he has seen the defense get beat on big plays…

“Not at all. It’s just little stuff – techniques, guys are getting accustomed to this new defense. Just a lot of technique errors, footwork…we’ll get it down.”

On where he sees the strengths and weaknesses of the defense…

“Definitely tackling. We tackle really well. And competing, just as an overall group. Like I said, technique – there’s not very much we need to improve on, in my opinion.  Just bringing those younger guys along, because we’re going to need them at some point down the road.”


Linebacker Jamie Gordinier

On the aggressiveness of the defense…

“We just put in that new third down ‘prowler’ package. It’s exciting to get to the quarterback. It’s a lot of fun. We have guys lining up in all different sorts of places and once the ball is snapped, it’s just kind of letting loose and playing backyard football.”

On the challenges of camp…

“The coaches are setting a really high standard for us. We were doing some extra stuff after practice for things we didn’t do right in the scrimmage. Everyone is kind of sore and tired, but that shouldn’t stop us right now.”

On learning the new defensive scheme…

“It wasn’t very difficult picking this defense up. He made it simple for that reason, so we could pick it up a lot easier.”

 On his mentality as he’s worked with the first team…

“My mentality is to give it my all. If I mess up on one play, I need to know that I need to attack the next rep and not think about what I just did wrong.”


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