Miami-North Carolina 2017: What players, coaches said postgame

DURHAM, NC – SEPTEMBER 29: Head coach Mark Richt of the Miami Hurricanes watches on against the Duke Blue Devils during their game at Wallace Wade Stadium on September 29, 2017 in Durham, North Carolina. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

[Live updates, commentary from Miami-UNC]

[Pregame news, notes and photos]

[Report:  Shoulder trouble for Rosier]

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — What Mark Richt and players said after Miami’s too-close win at UNC:

Richt: “A lot of good things happened. Not clean enough for me. We’ve got to get things ironed out.”

“I’ve done it too long to apologize for winning. We’ve won 12 in a row. … When it’s not clean as it should be, it’s bothersome. It hurts.”

* Did Miami look at UNC’s record and try to rest up for Virginia Tech? “Oh, I don’t know. Everybody’s human. You can’t hardly ignore people’s records and things of that nature. You try to tell them — I think everybody has a healthy respect for North Carolina. I really do.”

* Richt on Rosier’s shoulder injury: “He got it dinged up. We weren’t sure what he could do.” Rosier was getting treatment and didn’t talk to media. More on that situation here.

* He said Miami “dropped more center snaps this week in practice” than usual, and it showed up during the game.

* Jeff Thomas played flanker for the first time. He used to play slot. Mike Harley (sprained ankle) was slowed this week. Richt liked how he could use his “best three” — Thomas, Braxton Berrios and Ahmmon Richards — at the same time, with Berrios in the slot and Richards at the X. He thinks Thomas’ 101-yard game will be “great for his confidence. … Not everyone can run that fast.”

* Braxton Berrios wanted to “make sure the ‘U’ was held up properly” after his touchdown catch midway through the fourth quarter. More on that, plus several other notes from the game, in this post.

* Berrios on the offensive struggles: “That seems to be the story of the year. It’s unacceptable. … Luckily the defense played their tails off again. They kept us in the game.”

“Everything fires in practice and we see it in practice. If we knew what it was, we’d fix it right now. … It might be just going out there and playing, stop worrying.”

The offense hasn’t had that conversation, Berrios said, but “maybe it’s something that needs to be addressed.”

* Left tackle Kc McDermott: “We did our job well enough to win the game,” but “we need to be better.” He said Miami “didn’t execute our plan very well.

“It’s not to our standard. We need to do better.”

* McDermott: “You’re proud to win. … You can’t [dwell] on the bad, but you can focus on the good and improve it in practice.”

* McDermott: “We celebrated like we normally do. … As an offense we felt a little bit down because we didn’t feel like we did what we needed to.”

* Jaquan Johnson opened his session with the media by saying he dedicated this game to his grandfather, a Mississippi-born Miami native who died this week. He said his family is “grieving.”

* Joe Jackson, who may have saved the game by forcing a late fumble: “I did nothing amazing. I happened to make a play.” Johnson, who recovered the fumble: “I jumped on it.”

* Johnson on the Turnover Chain: “We’re Miami. We’re trendsetters.”

* R.J.  McIntosh on Miami-Virginia Tech: “We’re all worked up about it.”

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