Miami football aiming for their best version focused on Alabama per Rhett Lashlee

Dec 29, 2020; Orlando, FL, USA; . Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 29, 2020; Orlando, FL, USA; . Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports /
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Appearing on the McElroy and Cubelic show on WJOX in Birmingham, offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee said the Miami football team is striving to be the best version of themselves while remaining focused on Alabama. Lashlee told the hosts that Alabama is the gold standard of college football.

The Miami football team wants to get back to a place where facing their teammates in practice is more challenging than playing games. During their championship seasons, Miami players stated that practices were more difficult than games. That will not be the case for the Hurricanes on Saturday against Alabama.

The 2021 Crimson Tide has the most talented roster in college football since 247 Sports began tracking player ratings. Miami has the 13th most talented roster in college football in 2021. The Hurricanes are aided by the addition of five-star 2021 signees safety James Williams and defensive tackle Leonard Taylor.

Lashlee twice stated the importance of Miami striving to be the best version of themselves. Miami has to stay focused on its game plan while being aware of what plays Alabama is trying to run. The Hurricanes should be ready to play against Alabama after losing at Clemson in 2020. Miami is once again on the national stage.

"“Our whole mantra and our whole goal with Coach Diaz this year is we’re just trying to be the best version of ourselves…We gotta worry about our opponent. We’re playing one of the best teams in the history of college football, and for the last 10 years, they’ve been the gold standard of college football.Our opponent, they matter a lot, but the only chance you have is to go out and play your best game, and to be the best version of yourself…We hope we can create that by great competition in practice and that’s the goal that every program’s trying to get to. That’s where Alabama is.Every day in practice really are they going to go against guys on game day that are better than they go against in practice? That’s where we’re trying to get our program to on a competition level. Hopefully our offense and defense we’ve been able to prepare each other in that same way.”"

Alabama and Miami is the marquee afternoon game on the first Saturday of college football in 2021. Clemson and Georgia have the top game of the weekend with a primetime kickoff in Atlanta. The Miami staff will know what worked and what needs to be improved for the rest of the 2021 season after playing Alabama.

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There is no greater measure in college football than playing the Crimson Tide. With non-conference games against Appalachian State, Michigan State and FCS Central Connecticut State the three weeks after playing Alabama, The Miami football team will have more opportunities to be the best version of themselves.