QB Prepares For Senior Day

Senior quarterback Derrick Crudup (Deerfield Beach, FL) is in his fifth year with the team and only four other players remain from his recruiting class. On December 4th against Virginia Tech it will be his final game at the Orange Bowl. He has been through a lot during his career at Miami, but has remained positive throughout. This season he always has a smile on his face and is ready to go in when his number is called. On the season he is 7-of-13 passing for 102 yards.

Derrick Crudup has been a backup quarterback throughout his career at Miami. He did receive one start last year against Syracuse and led the team to a 17-10 victory. In his career he has thrown for 805 yards, six touchdowns, and three interceptions.

Senior Day will be an important day for Crudup and his family. He has a number of fans and supporters that have stuck by him when he was in a tight battle for the starting quarterback position in the spring of 2003 with current starter Brock Berlin.

"I think about Senior Day," Crudup said. "This is my final year. It is another game, but it has a little more emphasis to it. It will be a special day for me and hopefully it will be a good one."

He expects to have a lot of emotions on that day capping off his career. His career consists of a national championship in 2001, four Big East Conference titles, and a 54-6 record.

"My emotions will be high," Crudup said. "I will miss it here, believe it or not. It will be a day of sadness and a day of happiness."

Last week against Wake Forest, Crudup finished the game after entering with eight minutes left in the third quarter. He was 6-for-8 for 63 yards including a 27-yard pass to Buck Ortega that set up a touchdown by Andrew Johnson.

"It felt real good," Crudup said. "I got a chance to play a little bit. It is a good feeling to get back out there and play."

To lead the team down the field for a score made things even better for Crudup.

"It was the icing on the cake," Crudup said. "It is good to get in there and play well. Obviously I got in there and played pretty well. It was just a blessing and I will go on from there."

He feels very comfortable with his game this year and has been ready whenever the coaches ask to him to go in. Head coach Larry Coker has praised his leadership qualities and his positive attitude has been a plus for the season.

"I am feeling real good with my game," Crudup said. "I think I am playing the best I have ever player. I am more experience than I have ever been, obviously. Things are going real well for me right now."

The offense has scored 83 points in the last two games and is averaging 480 yards in total offense in those games. The previous two games they scored only 45 points and averaged only 380 yards in losing efforts.

"The offense is coming along real well," Crudup said. "Guys have been putting things together each week. The receivers and everyone are starting to gel real well together."

Throughout his career at Miami, Crudup has had a number of different teammates including 19 first-round draft picks. He remains close to his former teammates especially the ones he came in with.

"I talk to a lot of guys that I have played with," Crudup said. "We are still good friends and it is good staying in touch.

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

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