Interview: OL Vernon Carey
It went well, I passed my conditioning test just fine (16 110 yard sprints in less than 18 seconds, 45 seconds rest inbetween). Right now I'm about 6-5, 345 and feel better and lighter than ever.
How do you personally feel coming into the 2002 season?
It was a hard summer, every day of it. I just feel that it is my turn. I've accepted the challenge and I'm not nervous at all about this year.
What specific goals do you have for this year?
I want another national champinship, I want to repeat. Last year I wanted to do more on the field and I think a lot of the younger guys from last year want to prove themselves this year. I want to win overall but as far as personal, I'd like to leave here as one of the best ever to play my position.
Who else do you see as being ready for a breakout season?
Kellen Winslow has been working his tail off. D.J. Williams had an excellent summer in my opinion and I also think that Willis McGahee had an excellent summer.
What is the key to the team's success in 2002 in your opinion?
I'd say the offensive line and the running backs are the keys. The running backs are going to be very good and coach Kehoe won't let us ever not be ready.
Why Miami as your college choice?
I always wanted to stay close to home. Even though I committed late, I think the third week of January before Signing Day, I knew I'd be coming here.
And how have things been compared to what you expected?
Everything I thought it would be really, no surprises.
What are the differences in the team now as opposed to a year ago?
No change really, the schedule and the routine are the same. Last year's team wanted it so badly and I think we have a similar feeling this year.
Talk about playing for coach Coker
He is a good man, just a great guy. He is a hard worker and believes in earning everything. You just do what he says and you'll be successful.
What are some things you like to do off of the field?
Pool, I'm the best on the team, no one is close. I also just like to spend time with my 18 month old son, Vernon, Jr.