Lamar Miller talks about going to the Dolphins

CORAL GABLES — Former Miami Hurricanes running back Lamar Miller spoke on a conference call shortly after his hometown Miami Dolphins drafted him with the second pick of the fourth round (97th overall) on Saturday. Here’s what Miller had to say:

(On being drafted to the Miami Dolphins) – “It’s a great achievement. To be in Miami and to play for the Miami Dolphins…I really can’t express how I feel right now.”

(On being taken in the fourth round) – “There’s no regret. I just thank God. It’s a blessing to get the opportunity to play in the NFL. To be in my hometown, to get a chance to play for a Super Bowl, that’s always a great thing. I don’t regret anything. I’m just ready to put the team on the map.”

(On playing in Sun Life Stadium) – “I’m very comfortable at the stadium. I’ve been there throughout my University of Miami career. It’s a tough home environment and it’s always a great feeling just being in the locker room…I’m happy with my new teammates and I just want to do what I can to help them to victory.”

(On if he was a Dolphins fan growing up) – “I was a Dolphins fan since it’s my hometown, Miami, Florida. I was always watching the guys on television. Lamar Thomas, players like that, it’s a great feeling just to be able to be in the same shoes as they’ve been, playing for my hometown.”

(On competing with Reggie Bush for playing time) – “I love competing. I’m just ready to go in and just compete and be a leader among my teammates, the other running backs so we can have the best running back combination. I’m just going to compete and play football.”

(On entering the draft early) – “I thought I put myself into a good situation, just putting myself to the next level. I feel I’ve gotten myself into a good situation in getting drafted.”

(On if he’s disappointed at being the 97th overall pick) – “I was upset at first, but now I’m happy with where I’m at. I’m going to make the best of it, play to the best of my ability and concentrate on that.”

(On being the third Hurricane to be drafted) – “I haven’t talked with Olivier [Vernon, DE, third round draft pick]. I’m pretty sure that we’re going to go in and compete and represent the University of Miami by competing to win a role. You just have to have fun, be a little passionate, and get a chance to win it.”

(On if he feels better knowing that the Dolphins traded up to get him) – “I think it was something special. I thought they’d forgotten me. I’m just happy.”

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