Art Kehoe Q&A

Offensive line coach Art Kehoe enters his 27th season as a part of Miami football. He also serves as the assistant head coach, a position he has held since 2002.

How valuable are the seniors who have been here for a while now?

It is called experience and it is called college football. That is why Tony Tella and Derrick Morse are so valuable to us because they have played before and we have pushed them through things that the other guys are going through for the first time. When they get better I am going to miss them a lot.

How much did injuries take a toll on the team last season?

This year we made a committment. We lost three games last year and two on the last play of the game--the other we couldn't get a first down on the final drive. There are no excuses this year. I don't want to hear about injuries. I'm doing the same thing as a coach. The last game we lost I saw I was watching Santonio Thomas, Eric Winston, and Greg Olsen talking to Kevin Everett on the bench and we can't get a first down. Win the game, don't make any excuses. That has been their motto in the weight room. I don't know who the tough teams are this year, but all I know is that you have to have guys ready to play and don't make any excuses about it.

Do you expect Tony Tella to be back for the Florida State game?

I don't know. I can't comment on injuries. I hope he is going to be back and he tells me he is going to be back. He is a tough guy. He had a high ankle sprain and I didn't even know about it and he practiced with it. The next day it blew up. I hope he is back because we could use him.

How much can Derrick Morse benefit by watching from the sidelines and learning about the game?

A lot. When we are in our meetings Reggie Youngblood and Chris Rutledge are getting taught second of our meetings by Eric Winston. When he isn't in there, he is coaching them the most that he can. Maybe there are other line coaches that can see all five guys, but if I could see two I am probably lying to you. If those guys are teaching each other especially the guys with experience. If the other coaches who help out like Coach Cassano and Coach Cristobal. All of us need to be teaching and preparing these guys. We are going to get injuries, but we are going to keep trying to get the best five guys in there.

How is Tyrone Byrd coming along?

He is doing okay. He is at a new position. We only had him at center three days in the spring. He is paying attention and doing the best that he can. He is real athletic--probably the most athletic guy we have.

How hard is the snap from the shotgun?

It is not real hard if we just stand out here and do it. Now put 12 pounds of gear on and some animal on your snap hand who benches about 500, then he sweeps you, arm swim you, roll you, and depending upon the protection you might be by yourself. And you have to make declarations all within 25 seconds. It gets a little different than just sitting out here in the backyard.

What are your thoughts on the 2005 offensive line?

I like our offensive line. We are going to be tough and we are going to be deep. I don't know who is going to be in there, but I hope Rashad Butler and Winston are in there. I don't know who the other guys are going to be, but we are going to be tough.

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

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