Brown/McCray Q&A

The Miami Hurricanes finished their 2004 season with a 9-3 record after a victory over Florida in the Chick-fil-A Peach Bowl. Defensive tackles Kareem Brown and Teraz McCray have a strong bond off the field and hope to be key contributors next season.

Kareem Brown	Name		Teraz McCray	
#99		Number	        #54
Junior		2005 Class	Sophomore
6-5		Height		6-0
300		Weight		285
Miami		Hometown	Pompano Beach
Norland	        High School	Ely
What are your thoughts on the Peach Bowl victory over Florida?

Teraz: It felt good. We wanted to bring it into the New Year right. We practiced hard leading up to the game and it showed.

Kareem: I agree with what he said. We wanted to start the new year off right and we pretty much felt we should have beat Virginia Tech and been in the Nokia Sugar Bowl. So we definitely wanted to win the Peach Bowl, not only for our fans, but because we felt like we should have been in another game.

The defensive line stepped up during the game, how do you think the line played as a unit?

Kareem: I felt like we did an excellent job of getting back there and putting pressure on their quarterback, Chris Leak. He always had to scramble or he had a hand in his face. We didn't do so well in wrapping up and tackling, but that is something that can definitely be corrected.

Teraz: I think we just went out there and dominated. Our coaches worked us before the game and we wanted to do some things in the game that we practiced during the weeks before the game. In the game it just came easy for us.

What are your thoughts the 2005 team and your particular role?

Teraz: I am just looking forward to the 2005 season. I am curious to see what the year brings and I look forward to contributing. I am excited about it because we had a young team and we have a lot of guys coming back with the exception of a couple of players. I think we can be pretty good on defense.

Kareem: We were just making a joke about how Santonio Thomas is finally gone. It seems like he was here forever. We were just making a little joke and we both are real excited for next year even though we split playing time. I am happy for him when he is doing well and he is happy for me. We are just looking forward to making it happen next year.

Kareem, can you talk more about how important chemistry is for a team's success?

Kareem: Yeah most definitely. When he makes a good play I am one of the first one's to give him a high five. During the game, he gets me excited and we communicate. Next year we are just looking for more and better chemistry on the team.

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