Q&A with Ray Ray Armstrong

Ray Ray Armstrong is a talented incoming freshman safety at UM and he spoke following Miami's first day of preseason camp.

Q: Why did you pick number 26?
A: I am not just wearing it because of Sean Taylor. He was one of my heroes growing up and that is part of the reason I picked it, but at the same time I am not trying to be the next Sean Taylor. I just want to make a name for Ray Ray.

Q: What do you expect for the team this year?
A: I think we are going to turn it around right now. I expect great things. Everybody is coming out and working hard. We are working hard to be the best team we can be.

Q: The defense is filled with a lot of talented young players. Do you guys every look at how young the team is and think you can be a great defense for a long time?
A: Yes. We talk about that all the time. We have a lot of talented players. And if we follow our coaches and work hard we know we can be a great unit.

Q: Do you mess with the Northwestern guys on the team at all after ending their school's state championship run?
A: Yeah. I mess with them all the time about that. It was on tv the other day and I made them watch. They weren't really happy. Dyron (Dyron Dye another freshman from Seminole HS) and me are outnumbered, but we had to bring it up. They always get mad.

Q: What are your expectations as a freshman?
A: I just want to play ball and have fun. I will do whatever I can to help the team win. I just want to work hard and be the best player I can.

Q: A lot of guys talk about how special it would be to be part of the group that brought Miami back. Do you have this attitude as well?
A: Yes I feel that way. A lot of us won a lot in high school and we grew up watching Miami dominate. We need to get it that way again.

Q: How exciting is it to kick off the season vs. Florida State?
A: It is our chance to quiet a lot of people. If we can get through that start of our schedule we can prove were back in a quick way. It is our chance to prove ourselves.

Q: Is the transition to college easier that you have your high school teammate Dyron Dye with you here?
A: It makes it a lot easier. Me and Dye grew up together. We have known each other since we were little kids. We can have look out for each other here and get used to it together.

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