It would be easy to look at Mark Richt’s first season leading Miami football as a success, as the Hurricanes finished second in the ACC Coastal Division and won the Russell Athletic Bowl.
But don’t tell linebacker Shaq Quarterman that it was a successful season. On Wednesday, the sophomore said that last season was essentially nothing and that the Hurricanes have much bigger goals, according to the Miami Herald.
“We haven’t really accomplished anything,’’ Quarterman said. “We want a ring. As long as we don’t have that, we haven’t won anything. We won the Russell Athletic Bowl. The Russell Athletic Bowl. We’re trying to go something way bigger than that.”
The Hurricanes went 8-4 in the regular season in 2016, but a 1-4 October took much of the luster off the season. Miami lost four straight in the month, starting with a hard-fought 20-19 loss to rival Florida State.
The Hurricanes bounced back to win four games in November and then capped the season with a 31-14 win in their bowl game against West Virginia.
Much more is expected from the Hurricanes this season, as the team was projected to win the Coastal Division in the ACC preseason poll.