Reddick: This is a statement game for UM

Anthony Reddick is one of the leaders of the Hurricanes defense. The senior safety is set to take on the heavily favored Florida Gators on Saturday, September 6th. A lot of the talk has been about Florida's potent offense but Reddick says Miami's defense should not be taken lightly. Read on to see what else Reddick had to say about this weekend's big game.

What do you think about this week's match up with the rival Florida Gators?

"It's going to be very exciting. I think most of us know everybody that's over there at Florida and Florida knows most of us at UM. It's going to be a great game."

Coach Shannon said earlier that this was just like any other game but Florida's players have already begun to talk a bit of trash. Is this really just any other game or is it more?

"It's more than a game. It's a rivalry game. Most of us know those guys. After the game, we can talk and pick on each other about what happened in the game. At the same time though, it's just a game."

Do you see this as a statement game where a victory would put Miami back on the map?

"Most definitely. I'm not going to say back on the map but it's going to let us make a statement. A lot of people doubt us about this game and we have a lot to prove to ourselves as well."

What ultimately would put this program back on the map?

"A national championship."

The last time Miami played Florida was six years ago. Is anything really different since then?

"Not really. I think it's our first big game so I think a lot of the guys are hyped about this game."

What do you think about facing Tim Tebow?

"He's a great player. He's a Heisman winner and a Heisman candidate this year. The things he has done have put him up there. He's a great player."

How do you go about trying to stop him?

"That's a team thing. I'm not going to try to stop him by myself. That's a team effort. If he tries to be the hero then let him try to be the hero and try to win the game on his own."

Do you think Miami's defense matches up with Florida's speed on offense?

"Are they going to be able to match up with our defense? That's the question. We're not too worried about them. We're going to go out there and play football the way we're taught to play. It's my first time too. All of our first times. I've heard it's going to be a loud atmosphere. Something a little different. At the same time, you've still got to play football."

Do you guys build off that loud atmosphere?

"Most definitely. We're going to try to quiet it actually. We're going to try to make them calm down and get our fans hyped."

Louis Murphy made some remarks about Miami that were posted in your lockers. What do you think about Louis Murphy's comments about you guys?

"I think a lot of guys posted it up around the locker room and a lot of the guys are going to take offense of that. A lot of people are doubting us though, not only him. It is what it is."

Do you think you have to be physical with their receivers in order to shut them down?

"Our game plan is to be physical every game. Now will we be a little more physical? Probably so but our game plan is to always be physical."

Is there some confusion on defense on how to stop a spread offense like Florida's?

"A little bit but I think most of our players will be alright. Throughout the summer, the coaches kind of put that in our offense so we kind of got to see it. I think that will help us out a lot."

What do you tell Robert Marve about how to approach this game, his first collegiate start?

"Just go out and play football. After a while, it's going to be like high school again. After you calm down and get everything situated, it's going to feel like high school again. Marve is a great player. I think the team believes in Marve and has the confidence that he will get the job done."

Is the team excited for his debut this weekend?

"Yeah, of course. He's leading our team into The Swamp. You have to be excited about that."

What makes Marve so good?

"Marve knows situations. I think he handles situations well. I think he's ready. He's prepared. He's worked hard for it."

Has he proven himself on the practice field?

"Yes. If he hadn't I don't think he'd be in that position right now."

With such high expectations surrounding him, Robert Marve's performance in this game will likely be remembered for a long time by Hurricanes fans. Does the chance of having a poor performance in such a big game put extra pressure on Marve?

"It can get to a player but I think Marve is the kind of guy that can bounce back from that type of thing. I think the defense is there to help him and we have a great offensive line that's going to protect him very well. That will take a lot of pressure off of him."

Is it extra motivation facing Tim Tebow, the reigning Heisman trophy winner?

"It's not just facing Tebow. I think a lot of motivation comes from just facing the Florida Gators. Right now, they're good. I think they've proven that they're one of the best teams in the country."


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