Berlin Comfortable

Brock Berlin is ready to get the season started. So are his teammates. Berlin and the ‘Canes open up against Florida State on Friday at 8:00 p.m. Brock Berlin enters his second season as the starting quarterback for the Hurricanes after transferring from Florida. Last season Berlin threw for 2,419 yards and 12 touchdowns with 17 interceptions. His completion percentage was 60 percent.

This year he hopes to improve on his numbers and worked hard in the off-season to do so.

"I feel I really worked hard over the off-season," Berlin said. "I am excited to get things rolling and I feel good about it. The big thing is that I have a year experience in this offense. Just getting back out there playing after last year, I feel totally different."

Not only is Berlin ready to go, but also the whole team is getting anxious to finally begin their season.

"Our attitude is great right now," Berlin said. "We are very excited and we are just ready to play."

Not only is Berlin hoping to have a more successful season with the passing game, but also his receivers are also ready. With six receivers returning from a year ago and only two have over 12 career receptions, there is room for improvement.

"The receivers look good," Berlin said. "They have had a strong off-season and it shows now. Our guys have really stepped and really feel comfortable with things."

The receivers spent more time with Berlin in the off-season—something that will be beneficial to the team in 2004. It is not always easy for guys to get exciting for the summer workouts, but Berlin makes the most of it.

"It is always a battle for us in the summertime, but it is a lot of fun," added Berlin.

Facing Florida State for the second straight game is something Miami is ready for. The big-time hype might have lost some of its luster after being moved from Monday to Friday.

"It would have been pretty neat to be in that position to be on Monday night and the only people playing," said Berlin.

One player Berlin is used to facing is Florida State quarterback Chris Rix. They know each other, but aren't very close.

"I wouldn't say we are very close," Berlin said. "We knew each other from high school. I have a lot of respect for him and he is a great athlete."

Throughout fall practices Berlin and center Joel Rodriguez decided to grow out beards—something Berlin does often throughout the season.

"It is just something that I have with Joel," Berlin said. "We were just growing something during two-a-days."

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

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