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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Al Golden Now Seeing a Team-First Attitude from Miami Players

Miami may be 2-3 on the season, but head coach Al Golden is optimistic about his team. Appearing on 790 the Ticket with host Jorge Sedano Thursday, Golden said he’s starting to see an attitude change for his players.

“All I’ve heard since I’ve been here is that the team’s not unified and that there’s a bunch of guys playing as individuals,” Golden said. “Everybody’s got NFL on the brain — a lot of them are three-and-out and just want to do their own thing. And that’s [the mentality] that I set out to fix.

“For the first time in 10 months, I looked out there in the second half and saw a team that was playing for each other. [The players] stuck together. 21-7 down in Blacksburg, and we had leaders step up at halftime. We had leadership from Jacory [Harris] and Brandon Washington in the second half. We need that. We need that to win in that type of environment.”

The Canes lost the game 38-35, but it was impressive that they came back to take the lead 35-31 with around three minutes left. Sophomore running back Lamar Miller scored four touchdowns in the game and is the star of the team. He’s averaging 132 yard per game and 7 yards per carry, and he should be able to keep Miami in games the rest of the year. Next up is North Carolina before a home clash with Georgia Tech. Let’s see if Golden’s observations will translate to victories on the field.



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