In the year In August 2022 training camp, head coach Mario Cristobal talked about what to expect from the Miami football team during the second week of practice after their first game. Miami had to integrate about 30 players who did not participate in spring practice. Cristobal admits Miami has made progress.
Mario Cristobal always keeps his players focused and looking ahead. The returning Miami football players had to adjust to a new coaching staff, learn new systems and get used to 11 transfers and 15 2022 signees. Cristobal likes the direction Miami has taken in training camp.
Mario Cristobal and his staff have focused on making Miami a more physical football team and improving their defense. Cristobal expects constant effort from the teams and discipline. Miami will have a more business-like culture with Cristobal as head coach.
Miami must continue its progress with Bethune-Cookman just over two weeks away from the season opener on Sept. 3. Setting the culture and getting the system in place will be critical before Miami plays at Texas A&M on Sept. 17. Miami hosts Southern Mississippi on Sept. 10.
“The fact is we have to work. It’s true we’ve made progress. We’ve raised our level of physicality, our knowledge of systems, our culture, the way we work, but the way we work remains the same. There’s no time to reflect. There’s time to reassess, be your own truth teller.”
I will be truthful…you will get this. And realize that the foot is not off the gas in what we’re doing because we have to do it and the time frame we have to do it. The level of correction, the level of improvement we want requires everything we have. There is no other way.”
The transfer pick added much-needed experience to Miami’s football roster. Cristobal and his crew test leadership among Miami soccer players. The return of Tyler Van Dyke at quarterback will help new offensive coordinator Josh Gattis integrate the Chrysobthal culture and system.
When Cristobal played for Miami from 1988 to 1992, players were constantly auditioning for the position. Cristobal wants the Hurricanes to have the same competition they currently have on the practice fields. The players know where they stand with Cristobal when they wait a little with the media.
During Saturday’s first scrimmage, Cristobal praised the team as a whole, not to mention the players and statistics. The emphasis is on the team more clearly than in the past. Van Dijk declined to comment on which players are performing well in training camp this month.