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Diaz gives final thoughts ahead of UF

Diaz gives final thoughts ahead of UF

Stefan Adams
As the Miami Hurricanes put the finishing touches on their last few practices before the season opener, head coach Manny Diaz discussed his expectations for the Florida game on Saturday.

“I know they will be well-prepared, in great condition, will play extremely hard,” Diaz said. “I know we’re well-prepared, very well-conditioned. We need to go play very hard.”

Both teams were known for their defense last season. Does Diaz expect a defensive battle in Orlando?

“Each defense has to re-establish the 2018 version,” Diaz said. “I know there’ll be a paramount on explosive plays and field position… I want to find out `Can we handle adversity?’”

Hurricanes redshirt freshman QB Jarren Williams will be making his first career start on Saturday and Diaz says the team is rallying behind him.

“We’re very confident, the team is very confident in Jarren,” Diaz said.

The Canes had one of their former National Championship winning coaches in attendance for today’s practice, as Jimmy Johnson watched on and gave the team a talk.

“We were like kids in a candy store - the guy has won a national championship and two Super Bowls,” Diaz said. “And the way he can recall stories, he shared a story in the past and we all ate it up.

“He wanted to speak to the team, watch them practice. And he was great. Ironically his message was really on point with what our messaging has been all throughout training camp… I know for me personally, it was hard not to be excited hearing him talk.”

Diaz noted that the No. 2 QB for the Florida game will get most of the reps with the second unit starting with tomorrows practice, but did not reveal who it would be.
 

Comments (24)

let's fuckin get it Manolo!

goddammit last year's shitshow opening game tells me i shouldnt be this excited. but i cannot hide it. i'm about to lose control and i think i like it. hold me
I know Manny had to be the most frustrated man on the staff last year with the way the O played. I'm expecting a huge improvement. If there isn't, I'll be way more than a little disappointed.
 
let's fuckin get it Manolo!

goddammit last year's shitshow opening game tells me i shouldnt be this excited. but i cannot hide it. i'm about to lose control and i think i like it. hold me

LMAO. Post of the year!
 
I wonder if the gayturds are going to miss tackles and tackle their own players like they always do
 
The number 2 has to be Perry right? How can your number 2 be also working with receivers?

I hope not. After seeing Perry last year as the #2, the kid just can't get his mental game right. As a student, you hear stories of stuff he does and just how dumb he is, and you hope he isn't #2
 
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