Interview: QB Brock Berlin

Brock Berlin comes to the Canes as a transfer from the Florida Gators. He was the USA Today Offensive Player of the Year in 1999 and will sit this year out and prepare for 2003. He talks about the reasons he transferred and what his impressions are of the Canes after his first spring football season here. He also tells us who else he considered transferring to and why.

Talk about the differences in Florida and Miami
The biggest difference is the cities they are in. It is a big difference as Miami is a big city and there are a lot of things to do and Gainesville is much smaller. There is a big difference in the culture here versus in Gainesville. As far as the teams, they are both very successful, big time programs.

What has impressed you the most about the Canes since transferring?
I would say how close the team is. This is a real close group, very tight team. That is a big key to success. Everyone here has the same goals as well and that is very important.

Who are some players you've spent the most time with thus far?
So far I spend a lot of time with Todd Sievers, Kyle Cobia and Matt Walters.

What was the bottom line reason for transferring?
Opportunity. No one knows if Rex would leave after his junior year and there is a lot of change going on at Florida. I still have a lot of friends there and wish Rex the best, he has done a great job. I just want to play and felt that Miami presented the best opportunity for me.

Who else did you consider?
No one else really. There were rumors about this school or that school but Miami is the only one I looked at. This is the best place for me to get to play for two years and the competition here is great. I couldn't ask for a better situation. Miami has a great tradition and history of producing quarterbacks and that is exciting to be a part of. Hopefully I can be part of that group of names someday. It is great to be able to meet with them and pick their brains as they have been here and know what it is like and they have all been very successful when they were here.

What are your goals for this year?
I just want to help in any way I can. I want to work hard and let the team know that I'm going to be a leader when my number is called in 2003. I'm primarily going to be working on my footwork and throwing all year.

What is your current height, weight and 40?
I'm 6-1 ½, 212 pounds and last ran a 4.7/40. (Editor's note there has been a lot of questions about Brock's height and I spent quite a bit of time with him at the spring game and Nike camp last weekend and he definitely over 6' tall. He may seem short standing next to Dorsey all the time!)

What are your plans for the summer?
I plan to stay here in Miami and just throw with the receivers that are here and go to school and spend as much time on the beach and golf course that I can (laughing).

Why Florida out of high school?
They ran a similar offense that I did in high school. That always intrigued me. Growing up I just felt that I'd play somewhere in the SEC as I had a lot of friends go to SEC schools.

Were you a fan of any particular team growing up?
Not really. I went to a lot of LSU games but I was just an overall college football fan and didn't cheer for one particular team.

What are you planning to study at Miami?
Right now I am in General Studies and after this summer I'll choose a major.

Talk about the differences in the offense here at Miami versus at Florida
I would say the offense here is a little less complex. It is just different, not as wide spread as what we ran at Florida.

And the receivers?
I think the receivers are much more physcial here at Miami. They are asked to do more here than at Florida as far as blocking. You can just look at guys like Andre Johnson and Jason Geathers and see they are much more physical than anyone at Florida.

Who has impressed you the most this past spring?
I am still learning names to be honest with you, trying to get the faces down. I think Roscoe Parrish and I really connected. Kevin Beard looks real good as does Jason Geathers. Andre, well he is just special. I'm not sure how else to put it.

What do you like to do in your free time?
I try to golf as much as I can, I love to golf. I shoot in the 80's but would like to improve on that. I just like to be out there. Other than that I'll just hang out with the guys and we play video games and relax. That is about it.

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