Played in 1st Game

Freshman cornerback Carlos Armour played in his first collegiate game Saturday against Clemson. The coaching staff originally planned on redshirting Armour this season, but decided to lift his redshirt. Armour and fellow freshman and defensive back Rashaun Jones both made their debuts as Hurricanes on special teams.

Carlos Armour is a 6-foot-3, 200-pound freshman cornerback from Melrose High School in Memphis, Tennessee. As a senior at Melrose he intercepted six passes helping his team advance to the class 4A semifinals and finished 11-2 on the season.

This season he has impressed the coaching staff with his play on the scout team. He has good size and has shown the ability to make plays. Known as a hard-worker, he has established a good rapport with his teammates.

"I have been going out there and practicing hard," Armour said. "I think I am prepared to show everyone why I am here. It is not easy, but I think what has been crucial for me is playing hard and having a great attitude. On the scout team, I have been doing very well and I think the coaches have noticed how I have been doing."

He has gotten used to the talent on the team and facing competition at every position. He enjoys the competition and knows what it will take to get things done.

"It is tough because you are going against all-Americans from all different states, not just Florida," Armour said. "It is hard to go out there and competing against the best each and every day, learning new things, and growing as a team."

Following Saturday's loss to Clemson in overtime, Armour talked about his experience playing in his first collegiate game.

"My first game of my college career was kind of like what I expected," Armour said. "There was more enthusiasm and more intensity on the field, but you have to adapt to the situation and play your hardest when you are on the field. The ball did not go the right way that we had hoped for at the end of this game. We have to come back and prepare to be more focused and put everything behind us."

Prior to the loss to Clemson, Miami dropped their first game of the season to North Carolina. Head coach Larry Coker indicated there was a possibility some freshmen would be lifted of their redshirts despite having only five games remaining in the season.

"Coach informed me last week that I would come off of my redshirt and have a chance of getting on the field," Armour said. "I took the chance to get experience. I am still young and learning. It is a process that I have to go through."

Armour and Rashaun Jones (Lake City, Fla.), who has been a free safety on the scout team, also had his redshirt status lifted and played in his first game. The two have developed a good relationship since the recruiting process.

"From day one in the recruiting process we have grown to be good friends," Armour said. "Both of us are big defensive backs that are physical, athletic, and we work hard. We are on the same page."

Despite being a young player, Armour has a good perspective on the loss to Clemson and expects the team to bounce back.

"The loss is a learning process," Armour said. "Now we have to lift each other back up and there are still games to be played. We can't think ‘oh it is a loss, it is the end.' There are games to be played and we have to learn from our mistakes. We have to put everything back into focus."

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

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