Joe McGrath Q&A

Joe McGrath is a senior offensive lineman from Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan who broke his foot during fall practices. McGrath was slated as the team's starting left guard prior to the injury. He has worked hard to get back on the field and should see his first action of the year this weekend against Temple. His first full day of practice was on Tuesday.

Coach Coker said that you were going to play last weekend against Florida State, were you ready?

Yeah I was. I was going to play in an emergency situation. I almost went into the game in the third quarter when Vernon Carey got a little banged up. But he toughed it up and he played well. I didn't get my shot and was a little disappointed that I didn't get to play, but hopefully I'll get in this week.

What kept you going to keep working hard with rehab and getting back in game shape?

I have a saying ‘positive thinking, positive healing.' Some people or players will mope about it and won't heal as fast. I was always going in to see the trainers giving them a hard time, laughing and joking, but at the same time getting all my stuff done. I had a good support cast with the players, family, friends and coaches. They didn't let me get too down on the situation. It was a serious injury with a broken foot and I broke the worst spot in the foot to break. I was blessed that it healed properly.

Are you disappointed in how your senior season has started?

Definitely, definitely (chuckling). Things happen for a reason, but I don't know what it was. God has a plan for me so I wasn't going to sit around and mope about it. I still have six more games left so I am going to do what I can.

How do you see your role on the team now?

Right now I am just trying to get back on the field. Tuesday was my first day of full contact and it went pretty well. We'll just see how things go from there. It's up to the coaches to make a decision. It's not my decision. If it were my decision I would be right back playing the first day I finished with rehab.

What do you think the feeling will be when you do get back on the field?

It is going to be a rush to have an opportunity to start for the Canes, a National Championship team. I've been waiting for it my whole life for my friends, my family. It will probably be an overwhelming experience to walk out in the Orange Bowl being a starter and having all the fans cheering, making big plays, big blocks.

What does your career at the University of Miami mean to you personally?

I have been blessed to come here. I have had the opportunity to come here and play for Coach Kehoe. To come down here with a scholarship has been overwhelming. It's been the best experience I've ever had in my life. Even with the injuries this year and last year, I wouldn't change a thing. God has a purpose for me, but I don't know what it is yet. It's fun here. Great coaches, great players, great everything, and a great school.

What are you going to miss the most when you finish your eligibility at the University of Miami?

Coach Kehoe. Definitely his antics and his talks all the time. Joking around with the guys. He is like my dad away from home. He watches out for us and he'll do whatever he can for me. Also I'll miss being around some of my teammates: Vernon Carey, Brad Kunz, and Chris Harvey. Those guys were there for me and supported me. They are pretty awesome.

What has it been like being in Miami and growing up in Saskatchewan, Canada?

Night and day. Up there we got country and flat. Down here we have a melting pot, beaches, and hot women in bikinis. Up there it's cold and everyone is all white. For me it wasn't too overwhelming. I wasn't too culture shocked up there. I still prefer the hometown. I am a more laid back kind-of-guy. I am not the South Beach partying kind-of-guy. I am more of a guy that will go to the Grove, hang out at the bar and social with my friends.

Christopher Stock is a Staff Columnist for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@grassy.com.

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