Hurricane Players Talk About Pitt

Read on to see what several Hurricane players are saying a few days before they host Pittsburgh.

Brad Kaaya, Jr., QB


On where the team is mentally right now…

“There’s a lot of energy, it’s football, we’re all here to play football, we all love it and there’s a lot of energy on the team right now on both sides of the ball. Coach Diaz and Coach Richt both said didn’t have too many repeats and it was a good energized practice.”

 

On what he can do to buy himself more time in the pocket…

“Just have to keep trusting my o-line. There are certain progressions where I have to get through all of my reads and just trust them. I can’t really anticipate a certain guy getting beat or I can’t anticipate a four-down rush, so I have to trust them and know that they’ll get it together. I know Coach Searels will do a good job this week and the game plan should also help me out to, I just got to keep trusting those guys.”

 

On if he verbalizes his trust to the offensive line…

“I’ve been with these guys for the last three years, I let those guys know before every game that this is what we’ve been doing together for the last three years. We win together, we lose together, we have success together and we fall together. There is no sense in pointing fingers, of course I’ll get on guys, but the biggest part is trying to bring guys up and keep these guys positive and motivated this week.. ”

 


Chad Thomas, Jr., DL

 

On what has been the key to the defenses success…

“Having high standards for ourselves. Doing what our coaches tell us to do.”

 

On if they feel more pressure due to the offense’s struggles…

“We don’t make plays getting the ball back, we don’t really see it as pressure, it’s just another chance to get out there and show what we can do.”

 

On Pitt running back James Conner…

“He’s a great running back. Coming back from cancer, we didn’t get to play against him last year. The last time I played him was my freshman year. He’s a nice running back, obviously a nice, strong person that fought cancer and he’s a heavy running back, he runs hard so you have go and tackle him”

 


Trent Harris, Jr., DL

On Pitt as a team…

“They’re a good team, a tough team, they are very physical. They have a physical running back in James Conner and I give him the upmost respect for what he did with cancer. They are a physical offense, but we have a good scheme coming in and we’re ready to play.”

 

On Pitt running back James Conner…

“It’s incredible what he’s done this year, he’s a tough dude, like I said. We have a lot of respect for him and we know we’re going to have to get him on the ground, so we’ve been working hard this week on our tackling and we’ll be ready for him. ”

 


KC McDermott, Jr., OL


On the offensive line’s performance…

“We’ve had our struggles, but at the same we’ve also done some really good stuff. If we do it on a more consistent basis, I have no doubt we’ll win.”

 

On the team’s adjustment to Coach Richt’s offense…

“It’s nothing scheme-wise or coaching-wise, it’s just player execution. We got to, as players, execute better up front and that’s one of things that’s in our goals every single weekend. If we don’t meet those goals, that’s on us. That’s not on the coaches or scheme or offense…that’s all on us. We have to play harder and we have to play nastier and we got to make sure we get our assignments done right. If we do that, we’ll win. I have no doubt that if we do every assignment on every single play right, we’ll win.

 


Shaq Quarterman, Fr., LB

 

On how he feels physically through eight games…

“I got a couple bumps and bruises, but that comes with the territory. It’s nothing too serious.”

 

On the team morale…

“It hasn’t changed. It may take a toll on some of us but we never stay in that mindset too long. We wake up and get right back to work. We’ve been working as hard as we did for the first four games, as the last four games too.”


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