UM Players: Post-FAU Comments

Read on to see what several Hurricane players were saying following the team's 38-10 win over FAU on Saturday night.

Sophomore RB Mark Walton

On recording a four-touchdown game...

“It feels great. I’m trusting my o-line. They did a great job tonight. Without them, I wouldn’t have had four touchdowns. Believing in them, trusting them, trusting my reads, hitting my holes well and just running.”

On feeling any pressure...

“I wasn’t trying to put too much pressure on [myself]. I just wanted to be the guy who sparked the team tonight, and that’s what I did. I was just trying to play my game and be relaxed.”

On having the trust of the coaching staff...

“It’s special for [Coach Richt] to call our number in certain situations, for him to be able to trust me, Joe [Yearby], all the running backs. No matter what the situation is, we go out there and run the ball hard and just do what we do in practice.”

On his favorite of the four touchdowns...

“The win. I don’t have a favorite. I’m just thankful to get the win tonight. I don’t have a favorite touchdown.”

Junior RB Joe Yearby

On the way he and Mark Walton are running...

“The way we are running the ball is extremely awesome. We compliment each other every time we make good runs. We tell each other what we see on the field, so the other one can go in there and pick up the slack.”

On the struggles of the passing game early in the night...

“We told the quarterback and the offensive linemen that we can put it on our back and let us take the show.”

On the offensive line...

“The first half they had a slow start. But once the coaches started talking to them, they started playing better and focusing more.”

On FAU as an opponent...

“We knew it was going to be a tough game, they weren’t going to come down and lay down. FAU is a good team, a pretty tough team. We had the mindset coming in that it was going to be a dogfight.”

Freshman LB Michael Pinckney

On the freshmen linebackers picking up the defense quickly...

“We just got an opportunity, man. We came out, got our assignments and everything else is just what it is.”

On if it’s as easy as the trio makes it look...

“It’s not easy, but we prepare. If you know what you’re doing out there, then it’s not too complicated. We practice all week. We got an opportunity, and we just did it.”

On being on the same wavelength with other linebackers...

“We still have a lot of work to do. Coming in early was a big advantage for all three of us. We learned the defense, and just try to learn from the older guys. They set a great example. So I just try to come in and learn the best way I can.”

On if he feels ready for his first road game...

“Me, personally? Yeah. I feel ready to go on the road. I know my assignment. If you know what you’re doing out there, like I said, it’s going to happen.”

Redshirt Senior S Rayshawn Jenkins

On the standard of the defense this season...

“It’s really good to see that we’ve made big improvements on defense. I feel like our seniors are playing like seniors, and our captains are playing like captains. We’re getting those younger guys to step up, especially those young linebackers.”

On his interception...

“I saw the post-wheel. I was going over there to pick it off if it was a high throw, he threw it low and Michael Jackson deflected it. It came off kind of awkward, so I had to put my body in a good position to grab it, and I did it. It was a great momentum shift in the game.”

On the defense swarming...

“We’re just playing to our standard. Our standard is to run to the ball as hard as we can and to tackle. I think we did that very well tonight. We had one long run, but that doesn’t define our defense as whole. As an overall unit, we played very well, in my opinion.”


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