UM Players Talk NC State & More

Read on to see what several UM players are saying a few days before they travel to take on North Carolina State.

Senior DB Rayshawn Jenkins

                                              

On how his season has gone so far…

“I feel like I have been doing what I need to do, for my defense especially. Coming up in those big moments, leading my younger guys that are around me. I feel like Corn Elder, Jamal Carter and I have taken our roles and have been those anchors of the defense. We have to finish out these last two games and we will see which bowl game we get into and finish it out from there.”

On NC State’s offense…

“They will definitely take what you give them, I can definitely say that. So we have to do a good job of just matching their routes and stuff. And not really allowing for those nickel and dime plays because that is what they really want. They will eat you up with that if you let them.”

On the motivation heading into the tail end of his collegiate career…

“I guess it hasn’t hit me yet. I just want to finish out these last two games strong, like I have been doing this season. I just want to go into the game and play as best as I can, run and tackle like I’ve been doing. The plays will find me; I am not going to overthink it.”


Junior PK Michael Badgley

On kicking field-goals in the range of 40-49 yards…

“I don’t know; I’m just trying to make every kick. I was mad I kind of pushed that 50 yarder. I watched the film, and corrected it. But yeah, just trying to make every kick. If the offense doesn’t score a touchdown, we are trying to get three points.”

On kickoffs…

“I am just trying to kick them through the end zone. They were not flying as well as I wanted them to last game. But that is going to happen every now and then. I am not really too worried about it. Just have to keep moving forward and kick them through the end zone this week.”


Senior DB Jamal Carter

 

On the challenges NC State presents…

 

“The same as every other team. It’s nothing we are afraid of. We are ready and we’re prepared.”

 

On how the season has gone…

 

“Every team has their ups and downs, but we are getting back right.”

 

On what he is trying to do in his final couple games with the Hurricanes…

 

“Whatever impact I can bring to the table. I’m trying to go all out for these last few games, give me team my all, finish strong and show these young guys how to finish. Even though we didn’t have the season that we wanted to, we can still go out with a bang.”

 

On how the team stayed focused after the month of October…

 

“We just stayed positive and kept our heads right. We stayed on the straight path and kept grinding every day. We came out here and had fun with each other. We talked about it in the locker room, stayed positive and decided that we were going to finish strong and go out with a bang.” 



Junior QB Brad Kaaya

 

On passing Jacory Harris’ record…

 

“I see Jacory every day, I talk to him every week. We were talking about it last week. He was like “Hey man, just so you know, I want you to only get 10 yards a game for the next three games.” It was just a joke, but he’s a good dude.”

 

On what it feels like to be so high on Miami’s record book…

 

“I honestly don’t put too much thought into what it means. It’s more for the fans and for the stat geeks. I just go out and play and try to do my job. Like I said, I’m not really paying too much mind to it. I’m sure other people are, but it’s something to look back on in the end. Right now we’ve got to focus on beating our next opponent.”

 

 

Freshman LB Shaq Quarterman

 

On what he sees from the defense…

 

“Everybody’s working…everybody’s grinding it out, especially Jaquan Johnson. I really look up to him, he’s a really explosive player and he’s coming back next year so just having him back there, I know I can depend on him to get the other guys right. He keeps everybody accountable: the d-line, linebackers and his counterparts and the DB groups. I’m looking forward to having him comeback. We still have [Sheldrick] Redwine, so we’re going to be fine.”

 

On the defense being number one in the country in tackles for loss…

 

“That’s always a great stat to have. When you see Miami at the top of the chart for Tackles for Loss, that really shows that we get after it, just keeping it up every week. Just keeping up the everlasting fight of getting to the ball, hunting the ball, hunting the Tackle for Loss, getting your cleats across the line of scrimmage. We just talk about that and we pride ourselves on it, and we come out here and practice it. Unless you practice it, you won’t do it in the game.”

 

 

Redshirt Junior RB Gus Edwards

 

On having to wait his turn to play…

 

“I just try to stay humble, control what I can control and just be ready for it when that opportunity comes so when I do get the chance out there I can prove that I’m able to be trusted on the field.”

 

On what it felt like to get out on the field again…

 

“It felt great just being out there. The o-line did a really good job this game on their responsibilities. The holes were just opening up, so I had to hit them full speed.”

 


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