Freshmen expect big things during their time with Miami Hurricanes

There is one Miami Hurricanes tradition in particular that has freshman linebacker Shaquille Quarterman excited for the team’s season opener.

Jerrell Mabry (41), Darryl Sharpton (50) and Ross Abramson (86) run onto the field before a game against Virginia Tech at the Orange Bowl Nov. 4, 2006. Virginia Tech defeated Miami 17-10. (Getty Images)

Jerrell Mabry (41), Darryl Sharpton (50) and Ross Abramson (86) run onto the field, through the smoke, before a game against Virginia Tech at the Orange Bowl Nov. 4, 2006. Running through the smoke before games is what Miami freshman Shaquille Quarterman is looking forward to the most. (Getty Images)

“Running through the smoke, that’s always been a dream,” Quarterman said. “I hear so many rumors about it, it just puts you in a whole different mode for the game. Running through the smoke is going to be very exciting.

“I heard that it gives you a type of energy. You may think you’re ready to go for the game, but as you run through the smoke, it’s a whole different setting.”

(More updates from the Miami Hurricanes media day) 

Quarterman and other freshmen spent time at the Hurricanes’ media day Monday talking about what they were excited for when the season starts on Sept. 3.  And they all expect Miami to return to its former glory during their time in Coral Gables.

“It’s an honor to play here,” freshman defensive end Joe Jackson said. “I think we’re going to do something really great.”

“We’re trying to bring that back, by fighting on as a team, by going competitively every rep,” defensive back Malek Young said. “Our name’s going to be in some peoples’ mouths this year.”

 

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