Miami Hurricanes Recreating Home Mystique

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - OCTOBER 21: Travis Homer /
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Miami Defensive Coordinator Manny Diaz who is a Miami native and the son of the former Mayor of Miami-Dade of the same name spoke about the energy the crowd gave the defense.

"“It was an hour before kickoff, one of the guys came out and they just noticed the difference of the energy,…The student section brought it and the fans brought it. Two hours before kickoff, just when the buses pulled up and seeing the scenes that were going on in the parking lot, let our guys know that the city is different and that’s the relationship between Hurricane football and South Florida.”"

Sophomore linebacker Shaquille Quarterman has been the leader of the Defense the last two seasons. He was impressed by the fan base on Saturday night.

"“It was magical…This was the livest game I’ve ever been a part of. I’ve never seen so much love for our team, the way our fans showed up. It took me for surprise, honestly, coming out running out the smoke. The smoke is always amazing, but when you see every seat filled and everybody standing up. We rarely saw any other color that wasn’t orange and green. We walked on the field for the first drive and it’s bonkers in there. It’s just amazing.”"