Q&A with Charlie Whitehurst
What did N.C. State do last year to keep you out of the endzone?
Whitehurst: Well first off they have great athletes. They played a couple of schemes that we weren't ready for. We just didn't play well and they got the best of us. This year, they've lost some of those guys and I think they are even faster, but maybe not as physical. That will be something we have to contend with.
What is it exactly that they did scheme-wise that surprised you last season?
Whitehurst: Well they were planning a lot of man coverage last year, and then they came out against us and played a lot of two-deep and a lot of zone with some different fronts. We weren't ready for it. Our plan going into that game wasn't as good in that situation. This year, we are ready for any kind of look they throw at us, so hopefully they can't surprise us.
Everyone that follows this program talks about the lack of success you guys have had on national television this year. When you take the field Thursday night, does that ever enter into your mind in the least bit?
Whitehurst: Nope. Maybe a couple of guys are thinking about it, but I assume after the first snap it's gone and nobody is thinking about it at all. We got that tag as a team that doesn't play well on TV, at some point we've got to reverse that.
Is it a good thing that you hit field again so quickly after a big win, as opposed to having to wait a week like you did after Georgia Tech?
Whitehurst: Maybe. Thursdays- it's always tough to play on Thursday because preparation time is so cut down. We had some momentum coming after Georgia Tech but I think we have a lot more after Virginia win. That was a bigger win for us I think.
Why would you consider the Virginia game a bigger win that Georgia Tech?
Whitehurst: Well, they were ranked, and that's a big thing. I also think they were a better football team. We just clawed and battled and won the game at the end. I've been saying for a couple of weeks now that we haven't learned how to put teams away and really win football games. I think against Virginia, we proved that we could do that now.
Did your ankle/foot injury play a role at all in the Virginia game?
Whitehurst: I don't think so. I didn't really feel it until after the game. There may have been a couple of times I didn't really set my feet like I should have, but that's more of a mental problem than anything else. It hurt me a little bit yesterday and I think it will be sore for a few more weeks. I just have to play through it.
Do you guys talk in the locker room about winning an ACC Championship this year?
Whitehurst: Oh yeah, all of the time. That's the goal every year and we are in a position to do that. We've got a couple of wins under our belt and now we'll have the opportunity to do that this year provided we keep winning games.
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