Miami Hurricanes Players Discuss Time-off and Irma

ORLANDO, FL - DECEMBER 28:. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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"“This is something that is new for all of us…I don’t think any of the coaches or players have ever gone through anything like this. It’s something that we were prepared for and it shows the maturity if this team. In talking to the guys and seeing social media, the guys went home and they still worked out. They knew we had a goal and they weren’t going to let a little storm stop us. Whether it was doing an old-fashioned run around the block or going to a gym that had power and working out, guys still worked out. Coach Richt even said he was surprised by our conditioning. He thought we were going to be a little bit more out of shape than he’s seen. That shows the maturity of this team and also how hard we worked over the summer as well.”"

Linebacker Shaq Quarterman spoke about the importance that Richt places on family.

"“Coach Richt, he wanted us to be with our families. I am really thankful for that decision, but football never stops. The aspect of trying to watch film while the power is going in and out or you don’t have the best things to eat like some of our teammates did. It was really tough. Just getting back to the grind, it feels good, but we know that we have a lot of stuff that we have to catch up on.”"

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With Irma behind them, Miami can now focus on the remainder of the season. Richt’s decision to cancel the Arkansas State came earned the respect of his team. It allowed the players to be home with their families. Many of them were needed at home to prepare for Irma and assist with the cleanup.