Florida A&M Post-Game: Canes Players

Read on to see what several Hurricane players were saying following their 70-3 win over Florida A&M.

Junior WR Braxton Berrios

 

On his career long punt return…

“It was about time, right? After we blocked that punt, they started ‘rugby-ing’ everything. I kept on being patient, because a lot of times rugby, they don’t get the length on the kick that they normally do. I knew that if he out-kicked this coverage it was set up for it.”

 

On emotions before the game getting off the bus…

“Honestly, when we come off the highway there was only one game before that we saw cars in that back lot—it was FSU my freshman year [in 2014]. There were cars in that back lot and that was incredible, honestly, to see. It was the home opener, coach Richt’s first game, new stadium, there’s a lot of things. It really turned the notch up for everyone when we saw that. Then, getting off the bus, that was the deepest Hurricane Walk we have ever had. Like I said earlier in the week, we were just ready, we’ve been ready, we wanted to play, we were tired of hitting each other and doing all those things. It was incredible to get out there.”

 

 

Freshman LB Shaquille Quarterman

 

On his first game experience…

“It was a great experience. It was everything that I hoped it would be — running through the smoke. Coach [Richt] even added the flames which made it even more exciting. So, it was just amazing.”

 

On if he took a moment to take it all in when he ran on the field…

“Actually, I did that pregame when we were out there warming up by ourselves getting a feel for the field. I like to kneel down, actually feel the grass with my hands and things. That’s when I really got to sit there and think about where I am, where I came from and everything like that. Once we ran through the smoke, I was totally focused and locked in at the task at hand.”

 

On if he was nervous at all before he got that first hit in…

“No, no. We’d done so much banging against each other. You know, spring, fall camp that I was more excited than nervous. I didn’t have the pregame jitters. Some people may say that’s weird if you don’t have them but I was just excited to tackle somebody else, you know, start the season off right.”

 

On if he talked with Zach McCloud and Michael Pinckney about how unusual it is for three true freshmen to start at linebacker for a major college program…

“Well, we haven’t talked about it in a while. The last time we had a conversation about that was when we first stepped on campus. We were like, we want to work hard. We want to do everything we need to do so we can all be out there together. We have a tremendous chemistry together so we went out there today, it was nothing new to us. We had been planning on this and preparing for this. So, we were comfortable with each other.”

 

Redshirt junior RB Gus Edwards

 

On how he felt when he had the 74-yard rushing touchdown…

“Great, man. It’s been a year [since I last played]. I was really excited the whole time, just patiently waiting for the opportunity.”

 

On how the play developed…

“It was really about just trusting that everybody was going to do their job. Before the ball was snapped, I trusted everything and just hit it full speed. It pretty much worked out.”

 

On it being the first time since 1987 that Miami had three running backs each totaled more than 100 yards in a game…

“I think we’ve just got to keep working hard in practice. Practice plays pays off in the game and [running backs] coach Thomas Brown has been doing a good job of making us work hard every day, telling us after that, that it will translate into the game and it kind of did today.”

 

 


Junior QB Brad Kaaya

 

On if it took a few plays to get back in rhythm…

“Yeah, you know, when you practice it’s one thing. This is our first time playing in this newly renovated stadium. I haven’t played in it in a while, almost a year. Still getting used to how it looks, getting used to its vantage points, like where the light hits you for everyone, especially for me and the receivers, just getting used to it again, and that’s huge. This game helped carrying into next week.”

 

On Mark Richt’s first game…

“It was great, couldn’t ask for anything better. On all sides of the ball, just to make coach Richt’s first game a win like this and hopefully it just carries on and continues.”

 


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