Miami (FL) Student-Athlete Postgame Press Conference Transcripts
Duke – November 26, 2016
WR Stacy Coley
On his thoughts about his last home game as a Hurricane…
“I’m just happy we got the win to send the seniors off in a good way.”
On his career as a Hurricane…
“It was a great experience, from having the success my freshman year and having a drop-off my sophomore year, then coming back my junior year with a couple of injuries to having success my senior year. It was a great ride. We still got more to play. We’re going to keep drilling away and get ready for our bowl game.”
On Brad Kaaya setting the Miami all-time passing yards mark…
“It’s great. We knew what Brad can do. When I sat down with him and recruited him, when I was at the dinner table with him trying to get him to come to Miami, I knew what he could do right away. It was great that he broke the record.”
On the best memory he can share from his four years as a Hurricane…
“I got a lot of memories, but it would be Pitt my freshman year. Three touchdowns and the reverse in the cold when I kind of fell out.”
RB Mark Walton
On sending the seniors out with a win…
“It felt great. Coming into the game, that was the game plan – just to get the ‘W’ for the seniors. It’s their last time they’re playing at Hard Rock Stadium and putting on a uniform in front of the hometown fans. It was huge to send those guys off the right way for Senior Night.”
On how the 8-4 record of this season compared to last season’s 8-4 record…
“I feel great about the guys in our room. We know how to finish well, something that we lacked last year. This year I think we’re going to finish well.”
On his touchdown catch…
“I was trying to get release from the linebacker. I looked up in the air and I saw the ball. I tracked it in the air and brought it in.”
QB Brad Kaaya
On if he can remember a stretch of completing five consecutive passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns…
“I don’t know. I had a lot of games here. Trying to think back. I don’t know how many games I’ve started – what, 30-something? Probably at some point my freshman year with Phil Dorsett, probably. We probably had a game like that. Who was it? Nebraska. Or it might have been Arkansas State… one of those games.”
On the feeling of the drive clicking well…
“It just feels great. It’s just a real heartbreaker for the other team. It really just sucks the life out of that team that you’re playing against. You saw we had some success on deep balls. They couldn’t really play man coverage anymore. They had to go to two-high. It’s really just a heartbreaker for the other side.”
On breaking the passing yards record at Miami…
“Just look at all the quarterbacks who come here…it’s just a huge honor. It just feels great. But all credit to the guys who have made plays for me the past three years. Even back in my freshman year, you get guys like Clive Walford, Duke Johnson, Phil [Dorsett]. Last year was Rashawn Scott, Herb Waters, just all the guys I had…plus some of the [offensive] lines I’ve had. Similar to some of the quarterbacks that been here before me, they had great supporting casts. I really couldn’t have done that without all these guys, including these guys this year. Credit to all those guys up front. It just feels great.
TE David Njoku
On the possibility of turning pro . . .
“We’re just focused on the bowl game right now and then I’m sure I’ll figure that our afterwards. We’ll see.”
On the stretch where Brad Kaaya had five passes for 192 yards and two touchdowns . . .
“We started slow and we weren’t happy during the halftime. So, we decided to focus harder, take it one play at a time. And Brad, he can do anything, so he just threw those balls perfectly and they were completed.”
On his first touchdown catch, which was an audible call by Brad Kaaya . . .
“Yeah, it was a run first. Then, Brad saw the coverage that they were running and knew that he had athletes—me, Stacy [Coley and] Ahmmon [Richards]. So, he checked it to a pass and the rest [you saw].”
On the regular season, with four straight wins, four straight losses and then four straight wins . . .
“It’s hard to stay close as a team when you lose four in a row, but we just listened to what our coaches were saying. Coach [Mark] Richt and coach [Todd] Hartley, for the tight end group, just said, ‘Stick together. Focus on every play. Don’t give up.’ And, I guess we did that. So, we’re happy about that.’”