Q&A with Randy Shannon

Read on to see what Randy Shannon is saying just a few days before the big game against North Carolina on Saturday.

Opening statements…
We've got North Carolina this weekend and it's a rivalry game within our conference. It will be a great game to be a part of - two staffs that know a lot of guys on the other staff. We know each other from working together or from growing up. Watching North Carolina on tape, their record does not indicate what kind of team this is. They have lost a lot of close games in the last two or three minutes. They have also won some games in the end, so we are not going to take this team lightly based off their record. That team beat Virginia Tech so they are clearly capable of doing great things. We need to focus on this game completely and nothing else. We are 0-3 playing in North Carolina so our main goal this week is focusing on making that record 1-3.

On North Carolina's offense…
They're a running football team. If they get an opportunity, they will throw it deep. They pound the football. Then, they will take a shot at a post or deep corner route.

On Miami players' improvements…
The players take pride in themselves to help this football team. Every week you might see a new guy stepping up - guys like [defensive back] Jared Campbell or [tight end] Tervaris Johnson who might not get a lot of attention, but do a great job for this football team. That comes from recruiting guys from winning football teams that work hard to win instead of for themselves. You've got to enjoy college football. They are kids and you can't take the fun out of football- the Saturdays, the mascots, the pep rallies, the homecomings.

On not giving up on players…
That's our job as coaches because we are teachers. We need to find the position for guys that will make them the best players they can be. Guys like Mike James, Damien Berry, Sam Shields and Tervaris Johnson we have moved and they are helping us win games.

On coaching vs. former coaches…
It doesn't mean much. You have respect for one another, but it's a game that is in the conference and will help us build for the future.

On his relationship with Coach Butch Davis…
It's good. We don't talk during the season but no coaches do. You don't really start until recruiting comes around in December and January. There is too much going on during the year in terms of meetings, practice and media.

On paying attention to the Georgia Tech game…
It doesn't make a difference if you don't take care of what you have to do. You need to take care of yours.

On Mike James at fullback…
He is a good running back and that's why we use him on kick returns. People don't realize that LaDanian Tomlinson played fullback his first year at TCU. At that point, he had to play fullback.

On Jacory Harris spreading the ball to 13 receivers…
That's a great job by Jacory and giving opportunities to whoever is open. Two weeks ago, he threw one ball away and last week he threw three balls away. That shows maturity as a quarterback. It makes the defense not able to double any guys. If you want to take [Leonard] Hankerson out, then you have LaRon [Byrd], Travis [Benjamin], Aldarius [Johnson] and Thearon [Collier]. The more you can diversify, the better off you are.

On the depth at running back…
You never have too many players. When [Graig] Cooper was out, you had Javarris [James] and Damien [Berry]. When Javarris [James] was out, you had [Graig] Cooper, Damien [Berry] and Lee Chambers. So you never have too many guys, because you don't know who is going to get injured.

On North Carolina's depth defensively…
They're big. They have guys that have been there a while like [Quinton Coples, E.J. Wilson and Robert Quinn]. They play hard and have matured. Their linebackers are phenomenal and can do a lot of things.

On defensive back Brandon Harris
He has started to come into his own. Not to say this in the wrong way, but if you watched Antrel Rolle, he played special teams as a freshman but was never thrown into the mix. His second year people noticed Antrel. Brandon Harris was thrown into the mix early, and the maturity factor has helped him out. He might get beat every now and then but the thing that he and Antrel have is that he has ice water in his veins. If somebody beats him, he says fine let's see if you can do it again. And that's what you need to do as a defensive back.


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