Jacory is ready for FSU

The Hurricanes open their 2009 season against Florida State on Monday and you can read on to see what quarterback Jacory Harris is saying just a few days before the big game.

On embracing the challenge of playing at Florida State…
Yes, I am embracing the challenge. It's something that a lot of kids want to do and I'm just one of the kids that was blessed to be here in this situation… going to prepare for the Seminoles and playing in this big rivalry, and I'm happy to be a part of it.

On the first four games…
Really, we are just worrying about Florida State. If we come together and just go out and play as one and do everything that the coaches ask of us, then the first four games will be regular four games. You go out there, you play them and prepare for them the same way you do any other game and you just have fun.

On what he remembers about the Florida State game last year…
It was a real fast game. I got in, and as soon as I got in, they ran a zero blitz at me. I think Myron Rolle almost got a sack on me. That is something I can remember. I remember going down on a two-minute drive and helping us get the first points on the board (for us), so that is something that I was pretty proud of.

On how he would rather start the season in terms of opponents…
Either way is fine with me. We still have to play this team whether it's later on in the year, or if it's early…and you know it's always good to get it out of the way. But at the same time, you want to prepare for it a little bit more. Whatever the schedule has, I'm ready for it.

On the excitement of playing on Labor Day…
Maybe ESPN will get higher ratings. This is something that everyone is going to watch and tune into. The only thing I constantly keep on thinking about is on Monday night, it's like the NFL, I'm wondering if the man with the cowboy hat (Hank Williams, Jr.) is going to come out and start singing on TV for us or something. So it's going be a fun experience for everyone.

On things he is pleased with since the start of camp…
Our team being like one…coming out there showing a brotherhood. Everybody is together, whether it is on or off the field. You know we go out together, go out to eat and things like that. We just have fun together. There is no separation on this team.

On wide receiver Travis Benjamin
Travis is doing good. Travis has improved just as everyone else has after a year of football, but overall our receivers are doing good. They are going out there and having fun making great plays in practice, scoring big touchdowns and doing all the things that need to be done.

On practices before Florida State…
I feel like you prepare the same way, because a game is a game. You can't go out there and lose a game. So you really don't slack off. Once the W's and the L's start getting involved, people start taking things seriously. You have to go out there and be prepared for practice and practice hard.

On the talent surrounding him…
It is comforting because I got a great offensive line…I know that I will have protection. I know if I am ever in trouble I can just throw the ball up in the air and one of my receivers will make a play. And also, I can hand the ball off and I got a bunch of great running backs, I think about six of them and all of them can play so it's just wonderful.

On changing the way he plays with less depth behind him…
It shouldn't affect me because I know I won't let it affect me. If I'm thinking "oh man, I can't get hurt", I'm going to get hurt. You know if you go out there and play timid, you are going wind up doing things that you don't want to do. I just take the game as a regular game and go out there and have fun and just let the team take care of me.

On avoiding contact when possible…
If I see a linebacker coming at me, I really think my first decision is going to be to run him over, but I will be smart and take a slide. However, I'm not a dumb person, I know to take a slide when I have to but if it's to get extra yards…I may sacrifice my body.

On the advantage of having a new offense coordinator…
I don't know. We probably will when it comes to them not knowing what to prepare for, but at the same time, they have a great defensive coordinator over there. He is going to find a way to come out there and scheme us and do things to stop our offense and slow us down. But at the same time, that's where our preparation and execution comes in and you know, Coach Whipple is a great guy and I am sure he will game plan for that.

On which guy is the most dangerous on offense…
I really can't say one guy, because it's not just one guy who can make plays. Our offensive lineman can play receiver and make big catches for us in big time games, so it's not just one guy that could do stuff to help us. We've got a whole nucleus of guys that come out there everyday, practice and just have that energy that makes you want to go to that guy. We got a bunch of good players.

On tight end Jimmy Graham
Jimmy Graham has been a surprise. It's a hard transition to come from basketball to football, so he has made a big jump from that level of play. He is a guy to watch out for this season…he is just as good as all the rest of the tight ends.


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