O'Brien Discusses Second Scrimmage

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State head coach Tom O'Brien met the media following Saturday's scrimmage, which was the second of fall camp.

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"We've caught the ball. The snaps have been excellent. I'm very happy with what we're getting out of the snapper. We're putting the punter under pressure back there the best that we can."

"He shanked one tonight but got a little bit of roll on it. It helps when that happens. We can learn from it and move on."

"In a game situation I may not have kicked a 53-yarder but it's good to throw him out there at this point and let him try it. It was on target, just a little short right now... we'll find his range as we go on."

"The defense is playing at a real high level right now and they are ahead of the offense pretty good right now. There are some things we've got to do that we can help ourselves offensively."

"There's a lot of guys that played a lot of football out there, and they are playing fast... they are playing well."

"Sometimes it's the defense and sometimes it's personnel. In 100-play scrimmage, eight sacks... maybe that's good, maybe that's not good."

"Mike, he still has good leadership. He's throwing the ball, he's throwing it on time, and he's throwing it where it's suppose to be thrown. He's doing what he's supposed to do."

"We're ahead of where we've been on defense. Offensively, I don't know if we're where we've been or if we have to catch up a little more. Certainly there are some things we've got to... the receiving corp has to help us a little more. I think maybe they took a step back tonight."

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