Romberg Talks About UF Game

The Hurricanes emotional leader on its talented offensive line, Brett Romberg talked to CanesTime.com about his team's performance on Saturday. The senior leader talked about how well his fellow linemen played, his thoughts on running back Willis McGahee, Coach Sherko, and how Miami will move on from this outstanding performance.

When the University of Miami took the field last Saturday at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, the two biggest question marks on the team were the offensive line and the defensive secondary.

With no shortage of talent at either position, it was inexperience that raised question marks in the eyes of most people that tuned in to Saturday's game.

Sixty minutes, 508 yards, and 41 points later, the UM offensive line quickly put an end to any doubts about this year's group.

It's not often a team can replace two All-American tackles and an All-Conference guard to graduation and come back and play so well on the first road game of the season.

Meet the 2002 Miami Hurricanes, with an offensive line led by senior Brett Romberg. The fifth year senior, who is the only performer on this line that started the Rose Bowl against Nebraska last January, talked about his unit's performance.

"It was great man, especially when we're always getting criticized about the offensive line," he said. "I always like to get a little bit of [the] running [game] in."

That they did. Romberg along with Carlos Joseph, Chris Myers, Sherko Haji-Rasouli, and Vernon Carey paved the way for the Hurricanes tailbacks, which went for over 300 yards for the second straight week.

The offensive line opened up huge holes all night for sophomore sensation Willis McGahee and junior Jason Geathers, who went for 204 and 72, respectively. Romberg talked about McGahee's strong performance and how he looks like Willis again.

"I saw it two years ago," he said. "I saw that Willis McGahee two years ago and tonight I guess he reincarnated himself and brought him back."

Because of a Florida front seven that jumped around all night trying to confuse the young Hurricanes offensive line, Romberg said his unit was very prepared mentally for Saturday's game.

"They have a great defense, a chaotic defense and we worked very hard all week in identifying it because we knew they could not line up and play against us with a basic defense," he said. "We knew we had to beat them with intelligence as well as skill."

Saturday's game marked the first big test for Haji-Rasouli, who missed the final six games of last season plus the spring and most of summer due to a knee injury. With a very strong performance, the senior got a little too excited, according to Romberg.

"Coach Kehoe was yelling at Sherko about trying to call some plays and told him to ‘stop trying to be a frickin' coach and just play some football.' We just ran the ball and ran the ball and just pounded it. That's all we wanted to do. I'll bet we ran the same play like 30 times."

With back-to-back 300-yard rushing performances and just one quarterback sack allowed this season, credit must go to the second unit as well. Backups Ed Wilkins, Joel Rodriguez, Joe McGrath, and Rashad Butler have all been playing well and the group's leader said that's another reason why this team remains as good as they are.

"I can understand [being an underdog going into the game] because we lost a few players but the guys that we picked up and those behind them were just as talented anyway. We're just finally getting a little respect so it is pretty nice."

The All-American center will make sure this is just one step along the way towards reaching the goal of winning another national championship.

"Every game we're just going take the same attitude and never give up," he said. "We're going to work hard and have an attitude like champions and win some football games."

With Romberg leading the way on this talented offensive line, coached by the best line coach in today's college game, the Hurricanes better get used to winning a lot of football games. And like Romberg said, winning them like champions.

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