Post-Game: Randy Shannon

Read on to see what coach Randy Shannon was saying following Miami's 48-16 win over Florida A&M on Saturday night.

Opening statement…
"A good win for us tonight, getting on track with what we have to get done. I think we came out focused this time with what we had to do; get off to the start of the game fast, and the guys did a great job of doing that. Special teams did a lot of good things. I think they had a great kickoff return, I think our kickoff team really stepped up to the challenge of corralling the guy [FAMU's LeRoy Vann] and making sure that they didn't get positive yards for good field position. We've still got to get better as a football team, and we've got a long ways to go to get where we want to be as a football program."

On pulling starters…
"We saw what we wanted to see out of Javarris [James], so Javarris got pulled out of the game, and a lot of guys got pulled out of the game from halftime on."

On UM RB Damien Berry
"Did a great job for us. He really responded. He got an opportunity, and we like to say anytime you have an opportunity, you've got to capitalize on it. He did a great job of running the football, going downhill and getting us some positive yards for the offense to keep moving."

On UM QB A.J. Highsmith
"He made some good throws for us. One time he came out, Streeter ran a corner route – which is a nice route – and a nice play by A.J."

On making the switch from Harris to Highsmith at halftime…
"At halftime we made the decision about what we were going to do. We made decisions based on the score, the points. We took Darryl [Sharpton] out, we took some other guys out of the game; Travis Benjamin was out early. At corner, we don't have that many corners, safeties. We don't have many safeties, so you have to take those things into consideration."

On preparation for FAMU versus preparation for Oklahoma…
"Same things we did, just probably a little bit harder on what we're trying to get focused on. When you have games like this, you have to really stay tuned on what you're trying to get done. If guys don't respond, then you just go to the next guy, because somebody will respond in situations like that. I think this football team is starting to understand that if you don't respond and give somebody that opportunity, they might take your job."

On the return team…
"Those guys did a great job. Thearon Collier did a great job returning punts and Travis [Benjamin] did. When we get the opportunity like that, even on kickoff returns Brandon Harris and Mike James did a nice job. We have guys that can do it, kickoff returns have always been there for us, and the core team really stepped up, but we have to do it the rest of the season. That's going to be the challenge for us, because I think we're going to have to win a game or two on special teams this season."

On UM DB Brandon Harris…
"He's playing really well for us. He's playing nickel position and the corner position for us, on third down he's playing the nickel. He's starting to develop into what we've seen, of what he was in high school. He can be that dominating player when he wants to, and he's doing a great job for us."


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