Jacory excited to get back out there

Jacory Harris has been excellent through two games so far this season and he's excited to get back to work against Virginia Tech on Saturday. Read on to see what he's saying just a few days before the big game.

On whether or not the recent attention is overwhelming…
No, it's really not overwhelming. I've got to pay attention to what's on hand. I have to take it one game at a time. The way I am going to do that is the team will help me stay focused, and I got to help them stay focused.

On the recent Heisman hype he has received…
I've seen it and people have shown it to me, but I try not pay to any attention to that because I don't want to get into that. I really don't think I have done anything yet. We've only played two games and we still have 12 more games to go… I'm just trying to win all the games.

On being the favored against Virginia Tech …
I really don't want it right now. I still want to fight for it. I still want people to think that we're the underdog and we go into the games losing by 30 so we can just show teams what were made of and what were capable of.

On Miami's No. 9 ranking…
I was happy because we deserve it, but at the same time if we had been ranked 18, I would have been happy about anything. We still have to stay focused and we still have to play Virginia Tech next. They're a great team and that's going to be a very tough game.

On impressing the nation after two national televised victories…
It showed them a little bit…showed them a little bit of what were capable of doing. We still got more in store. We still want to go out there and improve on our mistakes, sharpen up on a lot of things and just take care of business.

On the team's confidence level…
Our confidence is the same as it was before we played Florida State. We're still confident in this team. We know what were capable of…we know that we can score points. It's just that now that we have statistics to prove it. We're still a strong-minded and very humble team.

On lesson learned from last year…
Once you lose a game, you start dropping in the rankings anyway. Last year, when we went up to play Georgia Tech, we were ranked and I know we went into that game very happy. We were probably too happy because it showed in the score, so that's something we learned. We understood that it's not what is written on paper and things like stats and stuff…it's what's done on the field. And as long as we keep performing on the field, we'll get the awards and things we deserve.

On why the offense is clicking…
We're clicking because of the defense. The defense… they get out there and they show us that they can stop the team that last year put up over 400 yards rushing on us and when they showed us that, it gave us motivation. That showed us that we could go out there and all we had to do was do what we do in practice - put up points, execute our offense and just score touchdowns.

On teamwork…
It's a good thing that we're working together. We just come out at practice every day hungry…ready to work. Even though it's at 5:45 in the morning, we come out running full speed, just doing all the things to get better.

On the extra preparation time…
It really has helped us. It gave us more time to watch film. Sometimes when you watch film for the first time, you tend not to see a lot of things. You just scan through it and just look at basically the matchups and stuff like that at. But when you go back through it again, you start seeing different things that show up and occur a lot in the film. It is something that has helped us with all the long days before we play the next opponent. But I'm sure Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, Florida State…they all prepared the same way.

On the players discussing the No. 9 ranking…
We talked about it the day it happened, I think that was Sunday. Not too many people knew, but it was like ‘oh well'. We just got to get better. We don't want No. 9. Number nine is nine spots away from being number one. You want to be number one in the nation, you want to be where Florida is….where all the great teams are. That's where we're trying to get.

On where the edge is going to come from…
It's coming from us. I know that by what we talk about it in the locker room, how everybody was doubting us saying we were going to go 0-4, we still have that in our minds…If you're going to be down with us, be down with us from the beginning. We got a lot of things to fuel off of. We don't want everybody jumping [our bandwagon] now. We want you to be with us from the beginning.

On how quickly success has come early in his career…
No, I never thought this would be happening to me. It's like hard work paid off. We worked so hard during the summer, I worked hard in high school with my teammates and stuff like that…Just coming out here and having fun. Things like this….they come as you're having fun.

On the offensive line…
It kind of made me feel like back in high school, how I used to never look at a defensive line rush. Never. And from the first game, I knew that was how I was going to go back to being. I look on film and no [defensive player] is near me. Before every game they tell me ‘I got your back'…. it just gives me confidence.

On Derrick Morgan…
Matt Pipho did an awesome, tremendous job on him. But still, Morgan is a great player. The dude has a motor. We looked at film and even though he was getting blocked, he was never stopping.

On the lore of Lane Stadium…
[I'm] just hearing about it. People saying you're going to hear all the turkey noises. Something that I probably won't be used to but at the same time it's another hostile crowd… it's going to be loud. Who doesn't want to play in a hostile crowd? Who doesn't want to go out there and have fun? So, I'll just go out there, relax, and just be cool.


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