Forston: It's all about assignment football

Marcus Forston

Marcus Forston and the Miami defense has been playing excellent football lately. That will need to continue tonight and Forston talked about what it'll take to come away with a victory tonight. Read on to see what he's saying about tonight's game.

Q: How good is it to be ranked again?
A: It shows progress, but we do not worry about. We know we need to take it one game at a time and play Miami football. We cannot worry about what anyone else thinks.

Q: What's the key to stopping the triple option?
A: We have to believe in everybody, know everybody will do their assignments.

Q: Is it especially hard to understand what you need to do against the triple option as a true freshman?
A: Yeah. As a freshman it's hard. We have a group of coaches that will do whatever they can to prepare us for this game. The triple option is really not that hard. It's about fundamentals and everyone taking care of their assignment.

Q: What was the key to stopping the option when you face Lake Brantley in 2006?
A: Belief and trust. That's all you can do when there's three running backs back there and you don't know who the quarterback is going to give the ball to or if he's going to keep it. That's four men that the ball could get in their hands.

Q: The Miami Northwestern crew has helped turn things around.
A: Coming from Northwestern, all we know how to do is compete. We love to compete. We said at the beginning of our senior year what we were going to do. In the summer we worked hard. Just coming in here, getting that ball with the older guys, making everyone feel like family, that's what we brought from Northwestern.

Q: Talk about your own growth as a player.
A: It has gone tremendously. When I first got here all I knew was just rip, use my speed. Because in high school I was bigger, faster and more powerful than any offensive lineman in front of me. When I got here it was equal, so I had to focus on my technique and fundamentals. Those other guys were two or three years in the weight room ahead of me, so they're going to be stronger than me. So it all comes down to technique and who is going to go harder that play.

Q: You got the first sack of your career last week. Were you excited about that?
A: I was really pumped up when that play came because it's something I've been wanting and stressing all year. I'd gotten to the quarterback, had been so close, but then he would throw the ball away. The one thing is I had to finish that play. I got off the block and burst on the quarterback.

Q: Sean Spence was asking about you getting a sack?
A: Yeah. Before that play he told me, `Man, we need this play right here, change the game, get to the quarterback.' I looked back at him and told him I got him. I gave my all that play to get us off the field.

Q: Talk about the cold weather factor at Georgia Tech.
A: The coldest weather I've played in was 30 when I was out there in San Antonio. It doesn't matter. All the things we go through on the defensive line, a little cold won't hurt you. If you love the game of football, cold weather won't stop you getting where you want to go.

Q: What has Bill Young been like as a coordinator?
A: He's like a dad away from home. You can go to coach Young for anything.

Q: What's he usually like?
A: When everyone is in the meeting room just quiet or thinking how hard practice is going to be, he'll say something to get our mind off of it. He always comes up with a new joke, something funny to say.

Q: Is he a strict guy otherwise?
A: He can be both. Coach Young, you never know which coach Young is coming out there on the football field. He goes off our body language. If we're looking down, coach Young will come in and say something funny to lift us up.

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