Here is the transcript of Miami Hurricanes’ Stephen Morris and Shayon Green’s press conference with the media at the ACC Kickoff in Greensboro, NC
Note: Some of the content has been edited for clarity. A few questions were omitted due to their lack of importance.
Q: Stephen, how have you grown from the Maryland game two years ago?
SM: When I was at Maryland my sophomore season, a lot of things were different for me. I saw the game differently. I was a lot younger and a little bit immature in a lot of ways. With the junior season that I just had, I’m a lot more confident in the abilities that I have and the guys around me.
Q With all the great QBs in the league, nobody put up the 560 yards you put up against NC state. What was that game like? How is the ACC as a QB league?
SM: That whole NC state game still feels a little surreal. I just have to give all the glory to god. That’s just truly an accomplishment on my record that I’ll cherish for the rest of my life. Hopefully no one will beat it any time soon.
The ACC is really known for their QBs right now, especially Tajh. Everything he’s getting right now he deserves. He had an unbelievable season last season, especially finishing with the big win over LSU. Logan Thomas is a great quarterback and has done a lot of great things. He’s a great runner. Renner…the way he’s changed that program around and the things he’s doing at North Carolina///he’s truly a humble man and a great person to be around and great for the ACC.
Q: What’s it like restarting the rivalries with Syracuse and Pitt?
SM: I think it’s a great opportunity for the ACC to branch out and they did a great job of grabbing those two teams. We’re going to play Pitt in the last game of the season, so I’m excited for that. . I’ve never been to Pittsburgh and it’s going to be cold, and I’m not looking forward to that. I’m a Miami boy, it’s going to be tough. It’s going to invite a lot of competition.
SG: it’s going to be great going to Pitt. It’s going to be a great challenge.
Q: Uncertainty as far as sanctions go
SM: We just have to trust Coach Golden, our athletics director and President Donna Shalala to make the right decision for the university. It’s my job and the rest of the guys job to just focus on what we have to get done, and the NCAA isn’t one of them. We have to just let the guys that get paid a lot more than we do [handle that] problem.
SG: I agree with Stephen. We’re focused on other things like camp coming up and our first game against FSU.
Q: Can you guys be contenders in the ACC and nationally?
SG: I’m not focused on that. I’m just trying to get better as a person and help us get better as a team. That’s too far ahead for me to debate right now.
SM: I think the biggest thing for us is to focus on camp. We know that rankings are going to come out on the time, as well as individual rankings, but it’s all about how your team performs. The biggest thing for us is having a great camp and getting ready for FAU.
Q: What’s it like getting used to a new offensive coordinator?
SM: This is my third time, so I should be getting used to it. . I think it’s gone fine. I look forward to the challenge. It increases your football knowledge and I’m a big advocate of knowing football and talking football. It increases your terminology. Having three guys come in has really help me, overall, understand the game of football which can really help you on the net level. Not much has changed with Coach Coley and the way he has run things He was born and raised in Miami so I know he’s excited to be there. I know he’s excited to to run his plays and call what he wants to call. I’m excited to see what’s going to having this season.
Q: What was it like not being able to go to the title game last year?
SG: It was tough not being able to go to the title game even though things went our way on our side of the conference. That was a decision made by our president, Donna Shalala, and Coach Golden, and if it was right for them it was meant to be.
SM: When the same situation happened to us the season before, we had a terrible game against Boston College. Our biggest focus last year after we received the news was to get ready for Duke and we didn’t let the same thing happen . I was excited to see that we changed that in our culture.
Q: On bringing back 19 starters
SM: On offense….Our whole offense starts with the offensive line, and having those guys all come back, we’re two deep at every position, so we’re always rotating. That’s a real staple of our offense and it helps me out tremendously as far as those guys calling out protections and allowing me to worry about defenses. Now that we’ve been under Coach Golden for three years now, we understand what needs to be done. We understand what leadership is, and it’s great for us.
SG: On defense it starts up front with the defensive line as well, and it’s great that we have seven or eight guys coming back for us. It’s a great opportunity to have those experienced guys there.
Q: What ACC games are you looking forward to
SM: When you talk about Miami, you talk about the Florida State rivalry, because it’s huge, obviously.
I think another game for us will be playing North Carolina at North Carolina on Thursday night. Make sure you all go check it out. It will be a good game. They are supposed to be wearing their all black uniforms. At the Manning Passing Camp, Bryn Renner and I were talking about it. I think it will be a great game. I think it will be a big game for us and a marquis game for the ACC Coastal Division.
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