O'Brien: 'It's an important game'

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State head coach Tom O'Brien met with the media to discuss the upcoming game against North Carolina.

Tom O'Brien

"Each of the games have been pretty different in the way the games have played out. We've played very hard and we've been smart."

"There's not anymore on the line than any time we play North Carolina. It's a game that is very special to our school. There is no added significance one way or another."

"The road to Charlotte goes through Chapel Hill. You have to win in Chapel Hill. If you're at NC State and you are a part of the football program you have to win at Chapel Hill anyway."

"You walk out of this building and this game is certainly bigger than last week. Everybody here understands that. It's one of those game, it's a rival game. They are special, and they are different."

"It goes back to what I've said before, it's an important game. Our guys have gotten ready to play and we've gotten great performances the last three years out of our football team."

"Here's our most experienced player. He has the knowledge to do the things we want to do. He's the best option we have right now at tailback."

"I don't think it will factor into what we do, maybe it will with them. They are athletic as anyone in the conference on both sides of the ball."

"It's funny. Quite honestly, his first two series, he was horrible but as soon as he settled down he took off. He was really emotional coming off with his parents and once he got himself settled down it was great to see. What a great story."

"I don't think you ever want to see anybody in our conference in that situation. I don't know what the outcome is, but there seems to be something over there going on. Anytime you have an agent thing you have to evaluate what you are doing and your program is doing. Certainly no one in college football lives in a glass house. It can happen a lot of different places. The constant struggle we have is making sure that we're doing the right things and abiding by the rules and regulations."

"He's finally starting to understand how much he didn't know last year. He's taken that and worked as hard as he can. He's recognizing things much faster. The recognition allows him to play faster."

"They throw the ball deep more than anybody we've played. That's been true the last couple of years. They do a lot of formation and shifting to mess with your eyes. Certainly you have to be concerned with them running behind you."

"That's the mark of a program that is finally starting to grow up. I was really proud of the way they focused on Wake Forest."

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