J.P. Talks NFL, Canes

Former Hurricane Jarrett Payton has rushed for 105 yards and two touchdowns on 33 carries in his rookie season for the Tennessee Titans. On Sunday Payton came back to Miami to play against the Dolphins.

How has your season gone this year?

"It has been kind of rough this year with our situation and not not being able to put together all of the wins we want to. We have a lot of young guys and we are trying to get better as a team."

What was your experience like in Europe?

"My year experience was awesome. I made a new home. I had Chicago, then Miami, and now Amsterdam. Being over there helped my game a lot. I got a lot more confidence and when I came back to the States it made it easier for me to excel."

For people that have not seen you since college, what have you changed in your game the most?

"My speed. I am faster and have the ability to get into the endzone."

Your last game as a Hurricane was here at Dolphins Stadium (then called Pro Player), what do you remember about the Orange Bowl game when you were named the MVP?

"That was at night and I was just in a zone leading into the game. I knew when I walked into the stadium that night I was going to have a big night. It ended up being a good game and I was named the MVP. Other than the monsoon against FSU earlier in the season, that was probably my biggest thrill playing at Miami."

What are your thoughts on Miami facing LSU in the Peach Bowl?

"All I can say is that the Canes are going to win. We always win. That's it. I feel like we are the best. I hope they play well and come out with the win. All the guys will be watching the game hoping we can win."

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

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