Interview: Josh Holmes

Josh Holmes is expected to play a key role as a backup defensive tackle this season. Read on to see everything he's talking about.

On opening schedule:
I'm excited about it. You know why? Everybody is going to be watching, everybody is going to see us play. We are going to practice hard and train hard for each game, so I am looking forward to it.

On goals for this season, personally and as a team:
Our goal as a team is to win the ACC Championship and compete for the National Championship, but at the same time we understand that it's a process. We have to practice hard each practice and each game we are going to take one game at a time.

On current height and weight:
I'm 6'0" and 280.

On being shorter than most guys in the trenches and what he does to succeed:
People don't understand, that's an advantage I feel. Most guys, I face, are going to be like 6'4, taller. They are going to be like 300 pounds. I know personally I have to come off the ball, at the same time, people don't understand how important technique is. I have learned through coaches, since being here, basically if you play with technique, you can dominate a lot of players.

On how much it helps training with the big guys on the team:
I've said it a hundred times. I have said it to Fig and Orlando, especially those two big guys and how powerful they are and how explosive they are off the ball, that honestly those two are for sure, two of the best guys I face throughout the whole season. No disrespect to anyone else I face, I just know that those two guys can come off the ball like nobody else can, and if you can play with those guys and practice against them everyday, then when we get to the real game, it's going to be easier.

On tough schedule:
I'm excited for it. I like going to other stadiums and playing in front of their crowds. You know how loud they get, and they are going to be on TV so everyone is going to see us play, everyone is going to see us this year and what we can do.

On whether he likes the challenge of having a tougher schedule:
I personally do. Once again, like I said, it's all about the University of Miami, it's all about the U here. You say it's a tough schedule, but like I said, you got to respect us. I know we haven't had that good of seasons the last couple of years, besides last year, but I know, any team that we are going to face, we are going to go out there and we are going to compete hard and we're going to try to get the win.

On enjoying having the difficulty of having a tougher schedule:
Honestly, you see some other teams, they will play easier opponents throughout their schedule, I am like why? What the point of that? You know you have got to win. We play football for a reason, and that's to compete at the highest level, and to do that you gotta play the best teams.

On if anything less than an ACC title this season will be a disappointment:
I'm gonna say this, this year for sure, the team has came together. We all have one goal in mind and that is to win the ACC and to compete for the National Championship.

On Bailey and Ojomo, and if working next to them takes pressure off of him:
Oh, for sure it does. Allen Bailey as you guys all know if a freak of nature. I haven't seen one guy in front of him that he does not dominate. You can put two guys in front of him and he will dominate. But the good thing is, if you put two guys in front of him, that leaves one of us to make the play. Honestly the same thing with Ojomo. He is athletic, explosive, and works just like Bailey, he dominates the opponents in front of him too.

On how depth is compared to before:
Since I have been here, it's always been a boat load of talent, no matter how you put it. With this year, everybody started off young and now everybody has matured, and the thing is, we have a ridiculous amount of talent. It's going to be like every year, where we earn games, we are going to rotate, and it doesn't matter who is in the game, we are go out there and play fast and dominate our opponents.

On whether the teams head got swollen after winning three in a row last year:
I couldn't really say. I do know that this year, that's not going to happen. I just know we are going to take one game at a time. Everybody has that one goal in mind, and we know it's a process. We gotta just practice hard each practice, don't give up any practice, don't let a practice down, and when we play our opponents, we take it one game at a time.

On whether the new mindset has came from not doing the correct stuff last year:
I don't know. I just know I felt that sometimes last year, we did have chances to put our opponents away and we didn't, but this year, like I said, it's not going to be a problem either. That's not going to be a problem at all. We are going to go out there and try to dominate each opponent, that's what we are going to try to do.

On whether how the season ended is motivation for the team:
Personally, to me, and I believe as a team, I think it does. We were all really disappointed with the loss to Wisconsin. They are a great team, but at the same time, I thought we personally didn't play our best football that day, and they played it a little harder than us.

On whether last years stretch of tough games prepared them for this years:
Once again, the thing about last year, which also we were excited about, I had full confidence in our team that we could win those games, I am going to say everybody else didn't. A lot of people had us going 0-3 or 0-4 or whatever it was, and next you know we are 2-0. Everybody is 'Oh Miami is back' and all that stuff, but I just know, this year, once again, we are going to treat it like one game at a time. You can't look at all of those other opponents, you really can't. Each opponent is good, they are great. We take one game at a time, and we practice hard, we'll go out there, each opponent, we are going to try to dominate and we are going to try to get that W.

On what the field conditions were like playing against Wisconsin:
It was a was probably the worst grass I played in. I'm not going to lie, the whole slipping and falling. You come off the ball, you are digging up the grass, you really were. At the same time, that is no excuse for anything that happened in that game, because us and Wisconsin both had to play in that. The field, yeah, it was some of the worse grass I have played in.


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