What this team needs is a big performance on Saturday to build confidence in front of their own fans.
The Miami Hurricanes (0-1) travel to Chapel Hill for an ACC primetime matchup against the North Carolina Tarheels (1-0). Saturday’s game will be the first division matchup of the season for both teams.
“Everybody in that locker room feels the pain of that right now,’’ Diaz said. “We did not come here to play with courage and effort. We came here to win the game and it’s not okay at the University of Miami ever to lose to the University of Florida.”
The Miami Hurricanes kick off the 150th season of college football in a meeting with their longtime in-state opponent, the Florida Gators.
Eight months after nearly transferring out of the University of Miami, redshirt freshman Jarren Williams has been named the starting quarterback for the Hurricanes, UM announced Monday morning. Williams beat out redshirt sophomores Tate Martell, who transferred from Ohio State this offseason, and N’Kosi Perry, who played in 11 games for the Hurricanes last season….
“I thought there was good execution on both sides,” first-year head coach Manny Diaz said. “The big thing is are we starting to look like the Miami Hurricanes. I think in glimpses you can kind of see the improvements that this team has made. Now, if we stop here we have no chance.”
“It’s 24/7, 365 days of the year,” Perry said. “You’re always working. You’re always a quarterback. Everyone is going to look at you as the quarterback. So you have to be on your Ps and Qs at all times…I understand that it wasn’t acceptable for me and especially for my teammates. I feel like I disrespected them and I let them down, so I don’t want to do that anymore.”
“I’m excited for this season and what this team has right now. We’re on a good path. It’s taking a little bit of time. It’s not going to be easy. But I promise you, we’ll be ready, the way that we’re going and how we’re working right now.”