Campbell: Team is anxious for 2008

Jared Campbell is one of three young safeties in the mix for the Hurricanes. He along with classmates Damien Berry and JoJo Nicolas are battling for playing time in the secondary. CanesTime.com talked with the hard-hitting safety about the future of Miami's defense.

Q: How was practice today?
A: "I did pretty good. I'm learning a little more. I think I did well. We did pretty good and we're still learning as a whole team. Overall, I think we're getting it pretty good."

Q: How is the secondary doing this spring?
A: "The secondary looks strong. We've got a good veteran class and the young kids are looking good too. We're looking real good. I'd say it one of our pluses."

Q: What unit are you on right now?
A: "They've got me rotating with the twos but there is not really a depth chart set right now. They're trying out different combinations."

Q: How are you guys preparing for the spring game?
A: "We're just taking it one day at a time. We're installing stuff and learning it. We're working day by day. We're not worried about the spring game right now."

Q: How have you progressed from last year to this year?
A: "I think that I'm getting a better understanding of college football. It's a lot different than high school. There are different reads and different keys. It's a whole other world compared to high school. When I came here, I didn't really understand it as much as I do now. I think I'm getting it a little more."

Q: How have the older players helped bring you along?
A: "The older guys have done a lot. Whenever you want to meet up, they'll do it. They try to tell you how to recognize things like if you're on the field they will help you make calls but they still want you to learn to see it on your own. I think the older guys have really helped us out a lot."

Q: What has been the biggest change that you have had to make since last year?
A: "We've got a whole new defense. Last year, we were more of a man defense and this year we're more of a zone. Getting rid of the old habits from last year is the biggest thing I have had to do."

Q: How do you like Coach Young's defense?
A: "I like it a lot. It works. It gives you better opportunities for interceptions. It only works if everybody does it well though. I think sometimes we mess up so we've got to get better with that."

Q: What does the team need to do to succeed in the new defensive scheme?
A: "We've got to play as one and we've all got to hustle to the ball. That's how defense is. We can't allow missed tackles and the way to stop missed tackles is everybody running to the ball."

A: How anxious are you guys to turn it around from last year?
A: "Really anxious. 5-7 is not tolerated. That's not Miami football. We don't go 5-7. we can't wait to get out on the field and show everybody that we're better than that."


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