Head Coach Charlie Strong
(On being back in Orlando)
"It's game preparation so we were focusing on first and 10 and play action. We have been practicing for a week now. It's all about the game and the approach to the game. We just have to be sharp and focus on our keys and responsibilities."
(What do you notice about Miami)
If you look at them offensively, they are a good football team. They have a very strong offensive line. Their wide receivers can really run and the quarterback does a good job of managing the offense. Defensively, they don't give up the big play, and they will make you earn everything you get."
(On health heading into bowl)
"We are right where we need to be. We have some nicks and bruises, but no one that should be out for this game."
(What a win would mean to program)
"We are playing a quality opponent. We are playing an opponent that now we are going into the ACC, will be on our schedule next season. It's going to be a measuring stick at just how far we need to go and just how much better we need to get."
(On the holiday preparation)
"They understand. We went to the Belk Bowl a few years ago around the same time. They understand what they have to do. Christmas is coming up and we will celebrate Christmas as a team, but then we will get back to work.
(On Stephen Morris)
"He is surrounded by some really good players. He just does a great job of just managing the offense. Their offensive line does a great job of blocking. They are big up front and the wide receivers do a good job of getting down the field. They have a lot of speed and they play at a high level."
(On the loss of Duke Johnson)
"Duke is an outstanding player. Anytime you lose a player like Duke it is hard to replace, but they have enough running backs. They have done a good job recruiting so they have guys that are playing well."
(On having extra juice for this game)
"They have to understand that they can't get too high or too low for this game. We just have to stay even keel and prepare like we have prepared all season long."
The following are quotes from Miami media availability after today’s practice.
HEAD COACH AL GOLDEN
“Obviously they’ve learned how to win. They’ve learned to win over the last two years at a high level, an elite level. They have a quarterback that really can make it happen for them. They’re very active on defense…Very opportunistic, create a lot of pressure. On offense, they have playmakers, big offensive line. It’ll be a great challenge for us.”
On what RAB means for program and university…
“It means we can move forward now. All these things that we’re learning…that’s all part of it. That’s all part of your team experience, your team learning and your team growing. We haven’t had that opportunity to do so. It feels great. Obviously being on the road and hearing nothing but the positives of the University of Miami, finally after 28-29 months. It just feels different. We’re excited to move the program forward.”
On his first bowl game at Temple vs. Miami…
“(The situation is) very similar. There (at Temple), we knew what we were walking in to. No one could even fathom a bowl game. Here, we thought we’d be in a bowl game every year. We thought we’d be able to grow the team…Now I feel like we can move forward and leave everything (else) behind.”
DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR MARK D’ONOFRIO
On Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater…
“He does a great job of making decisions, of getting the football where it needs to go. He does a good job of being patient and he throws extremely well on the run. He’s only thrown four interceptions so it’s obvious it tells you that he’s making great decisions and is comfortable with their scheme.”
On other concerns of Louisville offense…
“They’re really balanced – they have multiple players at each position. They have multiple backs that are good players, same thing at tight end and wide receiver. They have a lot of guys with double-digit catches – so anytime we face an offense that’s that balanced it wouldn’t be fair to give credit to one or two guys.”
On the pass rush…
“We have to get pressure. We’ve improved this year. There were certain games we had more pressure than others. We have to continue to improve…and that starts with putting pressure on the quarterback.”