Locker Room Report vs. Houston: Offense

An inside look at the Miami locker room following a 14-13 win over Houston.

Sam Shields

On the work preparing for the game and what's next to come...
"It was two weeks of working harder each and every day and we'll win another game after this."

On the team's attitude right now...
"Right now it's 1-0 we won one game and lost none. We are starting over again."

On what was said at the half...
"We came in here and talked about it and executed and things worked out. We came out harder in the second half. That's how things go. Sometimes you come out harder in the first half. Sometimes in the second. Coach said to forget about it."

Charlie Jones

On the Win...
"You got it get it how you live. A win is a win. Whether you win by 50 or win it by 1. A win is a win."

Anthony Wollschlager

On not getting a first down on third down in the final drive...
"When we didn't get it on the third, we were upset about that, but when we went for it on fourth, it was really an inch. At first they wanted to punt in, but then they saw it was that short, but that's speculation."

On Javarris James...
"Just his game breaking ability which is what we needed the fact hat it he is able to turn those couple yard gains into something big. Just in the scheme of things, he can make that one guy miss. He's special. Makes it lot more fun. Giving credit to all the guys, but with Javarris, just that he's out there, it makes it a lot more fun when he's breaking those runs."

On the first half penalties that killed drives...
"It's not good. Stupid mistakes like that. Going out taking three steps forward, then two steps back. As we said at halftime, we are beating ourselves."

On if he thought the coaches were trying to score on the final drive...
"I thought we going to try to score, but then we saw Meriweather coming in and we knew we were taking a knee. A win is a win."

Javarris James

On starting the first game of his career...
"It's kind of different you know taking the first carry. I tried to prepare myself as much as I could. I felt pretty good out there. I wasn't as nervous as I was in the Florida State game."

On catching passes out of the backfield...
"I practice on my hands a lot. I am pretty good with my hands. I get a couple of balls now and then. When no one is open, I help Kyle out."

On the offensive line...
"The offensive line did real good job. They had holes the whole game. It was easy to read them like I was in high school."

On getting the win...
"We needed a win real bad. We went out there and played for ourselves. We went out there, put in a lot of work the last to weeks."

On the first half mistakes...
"We had a lot of mental mistakes. We came out on the first drive and looked real good. But after that we had guys jumping offsides."

On what the coaches said at halftime...
"We came back into halftime and coaches were telling us to calm down."

On why he was not in the game at key moments in the fourth quarter...
"The reason I came out is cause my knee started hurting. They (the other running backs) could do the same thing or better than I did."

Reggie Youngblood

On playing again after missing two games with an ankle sprain...
"It felt good, even better to get a win. Get this thing rolling again."

On Javarris James...
"Javarris, he's a special dude. He's just got it. That's it. He's just got it."

On playing against a former high school rival...
"Nah, I didn't see him. I don't think he traveled." On playing his hometown school...
"It was just another game to me. They were the first one to offer me in high school."

On the struggles in the first half...
"Just finish the game. We didn't do nothing, but beat ourselves. We just have to finish it."

On getting North Carolina at noon next week...
"They are not used to the heat and humidity. They get down here, they probably can't breath, so that's a good thing."

Rudy Rodriguez-Chomat can be reached at rudy@canestime.com

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