Q&A with Kc McDermott

Read on to see what the talented lineman is saying.

Kc McDermott, Jr., Offensive Line

On the improvements made by the offensive line as the season progressed…

“Honestly, just a simple mindset change. We came in after that fourth straight loss and we knew we were going to have a tough opponent in Pitt. That week of practice we just made a mind change saying that we were going to fight through everything no matter what happens. That is exactly what we did. I felt like we got a lot tougher as the year went on and credit to [Offensive Line] Coach [Stacey] Searels and credit to those the seniors over their making sure we get into shape.”


On if there was anything he did or said to improve individually…

“Just more studying film on my own. Obviously, talking to other guys and making sure we were all on the same page, because you know that is part of being an offensive line is making sure everyone is on the same page. And making sure we are all doing the right thing at the right time. So, we all made sure that we accomplished that, we met every Monday on our day off, we did everything we thought we possibly could. Stayed after practice extra, and put a little work extra after practice. Ultimately all that time adds up and it helps you win at the end of the year.”


On what a bowl win would do for the program…

“It would help out tremendously. It would give everybody a confidence boost, it would give everybody a sense that Miami is coming back, it would definitely help out recruiting wise and it would also send off the seniors the way that they are supposed to be sent off. I sat here my freshman year and watched my brother [Shane McDermott] go through that and last year, watching the seniors go through that. It is a hard thing to watch especially when you know you could have done more to help win the game. So we are going to do that this year, we are going to make sure we accomplish our goal, winning this bowl game.


On Mark Walton…

“He is a great running back, I am very excited to see how he does in this game and we are going to open up some holes for him.”


On what it takes to be a great Miami Hurricanes offensive lineman…

“Just coming out every single day and working your butt off. Making sure you got your assignment and a tough mental attitude about you, that you are not going to get beat. That’s all we have been preached from Coach Searels and that is all we want. And he has brought in some alumni to come in and coach us a little bit and that is exactly how we feel. We feel that we have become a lot more mentally and physically tough throughout the year.”


On the thought of if the word leadership resonates with him…

“Yeah, you know that definitely resonates with me. You guys see me out there on the sidelines before the game starts. I really try get the guys going and making sure they are into the game. For the last four games of the year, I really thought that not only the guys that were playing, but the sidelines, were into it and we had a great time in those last four games, as you saw.”


On West Virginia’s defense…

“They are tough, they are physical, they like to confuse you a little bit and send some exotic blitzes. But at the end of the day we are going to have to get ready to go and go. Just get ready for them, make sure we watch our film, make sure we come out and practice hard every single day like we have for the past week and take care of business.”


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