Gooden Excited for OU

Senior middle linebacker Tavares Gooden is very excited about Saturday's game against Oklahoma. You don't want to miss this so read on to see what he's talking about a few days before the big game...

Tavares Gooden and the rest of the UM defense held Marshall to just three points. However, they know things will get a lot tougher this Saturday.

"Oklahoma stands for itself," Gooden said. "They're ranked. They're gonna go out and play. We're gonna go out and play. You can't say anything until that day. I can't say anything about their receivers right now. You just gotta go out there and play ball Saturday."

The Sooners scored 79 points in their season opener. Gooden said he's looking forward to the challenge.

"We practice hard," he said. "With Coach Shannon, that's unacceptable. We're gonna go out there and put it to the test. We're gonna work hard on Saturday. We're looking forward to playing a great offense. We'll see on Saturday."

The Hurricanes will hit the road for the first time this season after winning just one game away from home last year.

"Basically, you gotta expect to win," he said. "You can't be afraid to lose. We expect to win every game. We know how to lose and we know how to win. Losing is unacceptable. Saturday is a gonna be a great test. We're looking forward to going out there and playing those guys."

A win over the 6th ranked Sooners would put the Hurricanes back in the top 20 and back into the national spotlight.

"It's what we live for," he said. "It's a big game. It's top 10. We might not be ranked but that's all on paper. This is University of Miami football. They have great players and we gotta match up with them. It's gonna be a fun game. We're from the city, they're from the country. It's gonna be a fun game."

The Hurricanes are double-digit underdogs heading into Saturday but Gooden and his teammates aren't concerned about that.

"I don't read the paper or watch the news," he said. "All I do is go out and play football. I don't know if nobody is giving us a chance. My coach, Randy Shannon, says we have a chance to win this game and I believe in him. If he says we have a chance to win the game, that's all that matters. That's what stands."

Preparation for a big game like this is very important but sometimes it can cause players to be impatient. Gooden is very ready for Saturday.

"I'm playing every day like it's the game," he said. "I'm practicing hard. I'm preparing like it's the game every day."

Gooden finished last weekend with 10 tackles and one interception. That was his first career start at middle linebacker.

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