Jacory: We have to execute better

Posted Oct 20, 2009

Read on to see what quarterback Jacory Harris is saying a few days before Miami's showdown with Clemson.

On what he knows about Clemson…
“They always have had great teams. Basically, it started with their great defenses. So that’s one of the things I’ve known about them, and of course, their stadium.”

On whether Clemson vs. Miami is an ACC rivalry…
“It does feel like a rivalry game, because Clemson has always been one of the top dogs in the ACC, and no matter what game they’re playing they’re gonna give you a tough game. They have some talented players offensively and defensively, so we have to go out there and have a wonderful game against these guys.”

On Clemson’s secondary…
“One thing about facing their secondary, they’re going to play you man, and they’re just going to say you beat us. I guess [it’s] because they believe in their front seven. Their front seven is really good. We just have to go out and there and execute. I think we have talented enough wide receivers to go against their man-to-man corners.”

On facing zone compared to man-to-man defenses as a QB…
“In zone, you find the windows. I really think it’s easier in man, because in zone you try to fit things in there. You know the window is kind of tight but you still have to get the ball in there because that’s your read. But man-to-man, it’s like 1-on-1, that you do everyday in practice against your cornerbacks.”

On if he is confident in his receivers…
“I’m very confident in my receivers. What they’ve shown me this whole season so far is nothing but spectacular things, throughout practice, throughout the off-season and continuing throughout the season.

On Clemson’s defensive ends…
“They have six sacks. They’re some awesome guys. They have a two-headed monster right there at defensive end. You just have to go out there and take care of everything and execute.”

On assessing the season halfway through…
“We’re still not where we want to be. Every time we watch film we have a bunch of mistakes, a bunch of blown assignments. Things we know we could work on and adjust, and they can lead to touchdowns. Even though we’re not gonna ever play a perfect game, we could always correct those things and get close to a perfect game.”

On Clemson CB Chris Chancellor…
“I know Chris Chancellor. I remember him playing at Edison. He was a great player there. I think we played against him 10th grade year, when I wasn’t the starter. I was the second string. That was a good game. They almost beat us that game.”

On being sacked six times vs. UCF…
“The thing Coach Shannon said was, overall, it could be on everybody. It could be that I was holding the ball too long, missed assignments by the receivers, missed assignments by the offensive line. It’s just a team thing when it comes to sacks.”

On going through progressions and holding the ball for too long…
“After I take my drop, and go through the progressions, if I still have the ball in my hands within my drop. I feel like sometimes it’ll be like I’ll drop back, take a hitch and if I haven’t gotten the ball out, then I know there is going to be pressure. So it would be on me sometimes… I think no matter what you’re always going to have to work on that. I’ve got a good feel about my reads and where I need to go and every play and every situation, but at the same time, it’s a lot of things that defenses throw at you.”

On his success rolling out against UCF…
“I like doing it, but that was just something that fit towards UCF. They were pressuring us on the inside, and they were blitzing outside, but knifing it in. So we just got outside of them, and then there was nobody there, just give me time to set up and throw the ball.”

On overtime situations considering the last two Miami and Clemson games have gone to overtime…
“It’s just like a spontaneous situation, something that happens right there. You just never want to be in that situation. You’d rather win the game in regulation. But if it ever occurs that we have to go to overtime, like last year in Virginia - we had to go to overtime - we didn’t have a set schedule. It’s just plays that we called because of where we were, the down and distance and what defense we were going against.”

On playing a 3:30 game…
“It doesn’t matter to me. A game is a game. Now we can play it and get it over, and you know, maybe I can come home or something, because we’re used coming in at like 2 o’clock in the morning and going straight to bed.”

On running back Damien Berry
“I knew it was just a matter of time before Damien Berry got his chance to shine, because he’s the type of guy that works hard in practice, run hards every play and gives a great look from scout team. So, when they finally brought him over, and he got some playing time, he showed us what he can do. In the fourth quarter, we just pounded him away and he came up with some big yards.”

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