Miami's Coordinators Talk

Read on to see what both coordinators were saying following Saturday's practice.

Offensive Coordinator/Running Backs Coach Thomas Brown

On how Ahmmon Richards can improve after a big freshman year…

 

“There is always room for improvement. He did a phenomenal job for us this year and kind of exceeded expectations in some ways, which says a lot. We expected a lot from him coming in and the opportunity was going to be there for him to compete at that spot. For him it’s to continue to be consistent and continue to row and get bigger, faster, stronger. Finding more ways to get the ball in his hands and also be more in a leadership role. We lack leadership, as a whole, on this entire football team. I don’t care where it comes from, whether it’s from a super young guy or an old guy. We need guys that can do it every single day from a competition standpoint and producing on game day and have a spot to lead by example.”

 

On where Ahmmon Richards grew most this year…

 

“He’s been very surprising form Day 1. He doesn’t talk a whole lot and doesn’t have to. He shows up and works his butt off. His ability to come in as a true freshman and learn the system as fast as he did and really compete with some of the top guys we had on defense from Day 1 has been very surprising.”

 

On Joe Yearby and Gus Edwards’ status right now and in the future…

 

“They’re both competing for the same spot. I haven’t really talked much with them about it. I’m kind of focused on West Virginia right now. I hope they’re both back. They’ve given no indication of wanting to move at all, so hopefully they stay.” 

 

On who has been most consistent among the backup quarterbacks…

 

“It’s been up and down. It’s been Malik [Rosier] at times and Vinny [Testaverde] at times. I think the constant competition at every position is great, including quarterback. That’s going to be very important for us in the future. Everybody competes for their spot every single day. Nothing is given to them.”

 

On freshman tight ends Michael Irvin II and Jovani Haskins…

 

“I think Michael Irvin has done a good job of trying to work harder. He’s had to learn to adapt to our system and how we do things. Both of those guys, he and Jovani [Haskins], have a lot of talent. They have good size and different skill sets, but they have to be more consistent and learn from the guys they have in front of them. Chris [Herndon IV] and David [Njoku] are good examples of how we do things and how you can execute in this system.” 

 

 

Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach Manny Diaz

 

On the team’s freshman All-America teams…

 

“It’s nice for those guys to get recognized for making something that is not easy to do and probably making it look easier than it is. Sometime on freshman All-America teams, it just goes to whoever was presented with the opportunity. Obviously those guys got put out there and for the most part handled the business pretty well. I think they know going forward that this is just the start and there’s a lot more. In a way, it’s nice to get a pat on the back, but they know that they are not satisfied with what they have accomplished.”

 

On reviewing the team’s film…

 

"We’ve gone back and we’ve reviewed some of our film throughout the month of December and I think what we have found is that we still have so much room for improvement. We can be so much better and really one of the big places is in productivity. We’ve put together quite a long tape of missed opportunities on creating turnovers, missed opportunities on creating sacks and those are things that are going to be very important as we go into this game against a very good offensive football team. We’ve done what is required to keep the score down, but we can still do so much more to help us secure the victory.”

 

On the play of DE Chad Thomas…

 

“Chad (Thomas), when we look back to where he was a year ago, has made substantial improvements. He is a much better player than he was in the spring time and certainly a better player than he was a year ago. There is still so much more there and I think Chad knows it. Remember we had this conversation back in August – everything in college football is a step. I thought he took a step towards being a top tier defensive end in our conference. For now, his goals going forward now have to be a guy who can dominate a football game and I think he can see that that is not far off and working with a guy like Craig Kuligowski will help him achieve that goal.”


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