"The spring, for me, was to help build chemistry with the other starters so that we wouldn't have these little faults in things like the zone defense. We tried to get the little nicks out of the way. It still didn't work the way we wanted it to because some of the so-called starters, like to the DOG safety, were hurt and didn't get to play. We'll have to start over during two-a-days."
You have a new position coach, Curley Hallman, this year. Talk about your relationship with him.
"It is cool. He went back to my old style, backpedaling, instead of that open up the hips style of (former MSU DB) coach (Melvin) Smith. I'm using some of coach Smith's style and most of coach Curley's style and putting it together."
So you were used to backpedaling instead of opening up? Was it difficult to learn the opening up style last season?
"It depends on what route they run at you. If they run a basic slant, a post, no, but if they run a double move, it is hard to adjust to. The way I backpedal, I come out slow and not fast. That eliminates a lot of routes."
It sounds like you feel you will be better because of going back to your old style?
How much has been here for the first summer session helped you?
"It helped a lot. Going home would have caused me to lose focus. I have a son (KJ, Korey, Jr.). It is not for me anymore; it is for him."
You have been working hard this summer. Have you gained any weight while you have been working out?
"I played at 172 last year. I'm 185 now."
What do you hope for this season, team-wise and individually?
"I'm not just looking for an 8 and 3 season. I'm looking for us to go out and expect to go 12 and 0, not 8 and 3 or 7 and 4. I don't want us to lose a game. If we do, then I'm going to be upset because I feel we have a team coming back that can achieve it.
"Individually, the more wins, the more people that go to the league. That is my lifetime goal, to play in the league. I want this to be a Miami Hurricane year, like 5 or 6 people in the first round. We have the talent to do it, we just have to go out there and do it."
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