Freeman Not Distracted By Changes

The Miami Hurricanes took the field once again this Friday to prepare for the MPC Computers Bowl versus Nevada. After a very eventful month off, Kirby Freeman once again took the reigns of an offense that is searching for some synergy before the bowl game.

The Miami Hurricanes took the field once again this Friday to prepare for the MPC Computers Bowl versus Nevada. After a very eventful month off, Kirby Freeman once again took the reigns of an offense that is searching for some synergy before the bowl game.

"We're excited as a football team. There's a little bit more freshness from everybody and we know that we're on to something here. We did some good things offensively and defensively. We went a little bit against scouts, a little bit Miami versus Miami, and it was just good to practice against our defense. I even got popped a couple times, and I hadn't been since BC."

Getting the offense back on track is a task that is made more difficult by offensive coordinator Rich Olson's recent move to Arizona State. In his absence, quarterbacks coach Todd Berry is taking over duties as offensive coordinator. Freeman did not think that the switch would hamper the offense any, however.

"We're going to try as hard as we can to keep possession of the football. I guarantee that the team with fewer turnovers is going to win the game. We're not going to be running the ball every play, but we're going to do the things that help us keep possession, move the ball, and hopefully put up some points if the weather permits. Todd Berry is very open about an offense. He knows that this is his last scenario to coach for the University of Miami. We came in as a whole offense today and met and he opened his heart up to us because he's the coordinator for this game and we didn't realize that. We had some fun today; we ran a little bit different style of offense."

Freeman and the offense will be tested by the conditions during the game, as the weather during the week is expected to be at freezing temperatures. Despite this, Freeman said the team remains optimistic.

"It's not what me or a lot of these guys on the team are used to, going out in the snow and cold weather, but we're going to milk this thing for all it's worth, and we're going to have a good time," he said.

"I'm going to go out there; I'm going to wear short sleeve shirts. If we're not in full pads I'm going to be wearing shorts. I'm going to be wearing shorts, flip-flops and t-shirts around the hotel, and I'm going to be freezing to death because I know that when I get out there in game time I'm going to dress just as I did in the Orange Bowl in September. I'm not one to wear all that extra stuff.

"Ken Dorsey used to wear long sleeves in the Orange Bowl, and I always wondered why he did that. One day I asked him and he said it was because his arms were too small. Just because we're playing in cold weather, there's going to be some guys that get goofy and wear parkas and foxtails around their necks. You all know our team. It has a lot of character. I think that as a quarterback though, I have to just go out and do the things I'm used to doing."

Freeman also was not discouraged by the prestige of the game. "Coach Coker said it best: Miami can be 6-6 or 12-0, but when Miami plays, people watch," he said. "They picked us to play on New Years Eve against Nevada, and I believe it's the only game on at 5:30 on that day. Until the ball drops, people are going to watch the University of Miami play football."

Freeman closed by stressing that a lack of motivation would not be a problem for this game.

"I think our attention is very focused now. As a quarterback and a leader, I try to keep track of those things. Those are things you noticed in the huddle. Things like what guys are thinking, or questioning if they are listening to you or if their minds are drifting on other things that aren't as important. I really think that all of our players for the most part are really focused on the task we have at hand, and that's going to Boise and being victorious against Nevada."

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