Canes freshman quarterback Brad Kaaya finished 17 of 29 for 174 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions in Miami's 31-13 loss to Louisville on Monday night.
Here is what he talked about when it was over...
Q: What was it like?
A: "I felt that the first few series they were pretty good series. We just didn’t execute as a whole. I felt like there are a lot of places to get better at just in every position."
Q: Did you feel overwhelmed at any time?
"No, not at all. I was in the game."
Q: How do you rate your performance?
A: "There are always things to get better at. I did some good things. I did some bad things. But I just feel like there are always places to improve."
Q: How did it feel to play a college football game?
A: "It felt good. I mean, it’s what I’ve been dreaming about since I was 5 years old. It felt pretty awesome. Win or lose, it still felt good to get out there."
Q: What is the next step for you?
A: "Just go back and watch film and see what we all need to get better at, myself included."
Q: What did it mean for you to win starting job?
A: "For me, all the other quarterbacks I competed with, they’re all great quarterbacks. It felt good that coach was confident in me and my ability to help us win and I thank him for that."
Q: Was it more than you dreamed of when you arrived or you wanted to be starter?
A: "I always planned to be the starting quarterback. I never really second-guessed myself. That was my goal."
Q: What did Louisville do well against you guys?
A: "They just played hard. They just played physical. They brought some late blitzes on us. But outside of that they just played as hard as possible."
Q: Talk about the pass to Stacy he fumbled and lost inside the 20?
A: "All I saw was they were still moving guys on and off the field. They had, I don’t know how many guys were on the field. But there was one guy out there. We tagged a quick hitch pass. It was a little low and that killed the momentum right there."
Q: Did you think you’d get the flag? Is that why you rushed it?
A: "Yeah, I mean I just wanted to get the ball out. they were shuffling guys on and off the field. There were still guys running on and running off. I just wanted to get out there. There was one cornerback standing there and no one else."
Q: Did anyone say anything to officials that they had too many guys on field?
A: "I don’t know."
Q: Your first touchdown pass -- how did it feel?
A: "It felt good to get the first one out of the way. Of course I wanted to score many more, throw many more touchdowns. That’s my plan."
Q: You had success with the play action pass with Clive Walford and Phillip Dorsett
A: "I just feel like after awhile they keyed on Duke a little bit and I felt like that opened up some guys downfield. He’s such a good athlete that a lot of guys attract to him."
Q: The eight, nine guys in box for a lot of the game, how tough did it make it?
A: "It was pretty hard. They came out with some funky coverages and alignments. They game-planned well."
Q: Was there a lot they did you didn’t expect?
A: "No. We came in with our gameplan. It was all what we expected but we just had to execute."
Q: Any former Canes reach out during the week?
A: "No one really. I just talked to my parents and friends of the family."
Q: Coach said he expects you to progress. How does it go for you now preparing?
A: "I think just playing my first game I feel like it’s good to get the feeling. I’ve never played a college football game before. Just good to get that feeling. Game day is a lot different from practice. There are a lot of things you learn in the game that you can’t really experience in practice because you haven’t played yet. I feel like over the next couple days and the next couple of weeks that will help me."
Q: Does anything change with your preparation?
A: "Nope. There’s a plan, coach got it and we all stick to it."