Epps is so excited he can't sleep

Dedrick Epps was a big part of Miami's success against in-state rival Florida State Last season. The junior tight end hopes to help the Hurricanes beat another in-state foe this weekend when Miami visits the Florida Gators in Gainesville. Read on to see what Epps had to say about the upcoming game.

What's the biggest difference between this game against Florida and last week's against Charleston Southern?

"Florida has a lot to bring to the table. We're just going to go up there, stay calm, and play our game."

How do you stay calm going into a game with so much hype surrounding it?

"Yeah, you're going to be excited but going up there you have to stay calm. If you're not calm, things won't work. All of this week, we're going to work on the small things and go up there and stay calm. If we focus on that, we'll be alright."

You're going into a loud and what some consider intimidating environment. How do you guys handle that?

"Some of these guys have played in loud stadiums. I haven't myself but from playing at Oklahoma last year, we know what to expect."

How much are you looking forward to the whole magnitude of this game?

"At night I can't sleep. In meeting rooms I get jitters. I'm amped up. I'm ready to go."

You say you can't stay calm in a meeting room. How do you temper that so it doesn't affect your play?

"If you just stay calm and focus on the little things, you'll be alright."

What have you seen in practices that shows you Robert Marve is ready to go on Saturday?

"Him and Jacory are both confident. I think when they get out on the field they'll both be alright."

What makes Miami's quarterbacks good?

"They're both great. They bring a lot to the table. They both can read defenses. They listen to Coach Nix and he teaches them well. They both are prepared."

What have you guys been doing as a position group to get ready for this game?

"We're working on consistency. We've been working hard in the off-season on our blocking and the little things like catching on the JUGS after practice and getting with the O-Line and working on our blocks with them. We're coming together with the O-Line and the Tight Ends as one unit and we're also coming together as the Tight End unit."

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