Forston excited for the challenge

Marcus Forston had a solid start to his college career on Thursday but the challenge gets a whole lot tougher this weekend when the Canes travel to play the Florida Gators. Read on to see what Forston said about his first game, the upcoming challenge, Tim Tebow, and more.

Marcus Forston was one of the crown jewels of Miami's 2008 recruiting class and the true freshman defensive tackle got on the field early in his first college game against Charleston Southern on Thursday. While Forston made some plays, he understands there is always room for improvement.

"I felt like I played good," Forston said. "But I feel like I can get better. There's always room to get better."

One of the things people often talk about is the speed of the game is so much different from high school to college. Forston saw that first hand a few nights ago.

"I noticed the game moved pretty fast," he said. "I thought I was ready and the game moved along pretty good. When they called my name I was ready."

The talented young lineman, who finished the game with two solo tackles, one quarterback hurry, and one pass deflection, was hoping the Hurricanes would've pitched a shutout in the opener.

"We really wanted the gooseegg," he said. "That's something we talked about all week in practice. (Once they scored) we couldn't let that carry on. The veterans can't let the young guys see them getting mad so that was good. The team really finished. We were making plays all over the field, knowing that on the next play, someone's gonna make the tackle."

Forston grew up with Jacory Harris and graduated high school with him last December. He spoke about his friend's first start as the Hurricane quarterback.

"He wasn't nervous at all," he said. "Going against the number ones in practice, he was ready. It's harder in practice and preparation is the key. Everyone was talking about how Jacory would perform and he showed that he could play. He's gonna be a great player, not just an average player."

Forston was one of 22 true freshmen who saw action on Thursday night. He credits their background of playing in big games and the coaches for being able to sign such a great class.

"All of us came from winning programs in high school," he said. "We love to win, love stepping up to the plate, love competing. Coach Shannon did a hell of a job getting guys who are hungry and who wanna win."

Next up is a matchup with Florida on Sunday. Forston was asked about that and made it short and simple.

"We gotta get ready for this game," he said. "Practice makes perfect and we gotta get ready."

If the Hurricanes are to go into Gainesville and pull out an upset, Forston and his teammates will have to slow down quarterback Tim Tebow.

"He's a heck of a player," he said.

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