MLB Sharpton: "We are champions here"

Redshirt freshman MLB Darryl Sharpton is looking to make his fifth straight start on Thursday.

At 5-6, Miami is not where they want to be, but that does not mean they are giving up.

"Definitely not," said Darryl Sharpton when asked if the team is ready for the season to be over. "We always strive to be the best. We are not going to take a losers mentality and pack it up. We are always going to fight forward."

"We are champions here and we have a championship spirit. Everyone is a competitor and wants to win. That is why it hurts so much with these losses."

Miami has lost four straight games, which has not happened since 1997.

"It's hard to explain," Sharpton said. "I can't believe we lost four games in a row. It still hasn't set in for me...we are the University of Miami."

With all the team has been through this season, no situation has been harder than the loss of their teammate Bryan Pata.

The team has yet to win a game after Pata's death, which has been extremely tough to deal with. Sharpton is hopeful the team can get up for Senior Day to become bowl eligible.

"Everyone that got recruited here is a champion at heart," Sharpton said. "Once you strap on your helmet it is time to play football. It's tough to totally get into the football spirit knowing what happened to Bryan, but we just have got to muster up some energy and play for him.

"We have to lay everything on the line and not hold anything back."

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