Pack Pride met up with Quintin Payton following practice to discuss his place in the 2011 offense and how he sees the Wolfpack attacking opposing defenses this season.
You saw some snaps last season, but heading into this year your role will certainly increase within the offense. Where do you see yourself fitting into that group?
It's simple, every receiver is just going to play his part. Coach Bible has a different role for everybody. My plan is to go out there and do what I can, do what he asks me to do and play any position I can and just try to succeed in any role."
How was the offseason training program for you? Are you better prepared for the season and having an increased role?
Yes, I am for sure. This is the most focused I've been throughout my college career. I'm having fun again and I'm just ready to get out there against Liberty and play some football again.
What specifically has made this camp and the build up to the season more fun? What changed?
It was a focus thing. I am better prepared this season because I know the offense. I know the plays, I know my assignments, I'm quicker. I'm not having to think as much, I can just go out and play.
Coach O'Brien talks about the importance of being able to play faster. While that's usually referring to the defense, how important is that for offensive guys?
It helps, no doubt. It cuts two of three steps off a route. It makes the timing that much quicker and better with the quarterback, whether it's into a break or out of a break. When he set our feet and turn our heads Mike is throwing the ball. So really you have to play faster to be ready for those throws.
How much does Mike's arm influence that need to play faster?
It's huge. If you don't get in and out of that break and turn around the ball is going to hit you in the back of the head.
What have you seen from Mike in the fall camp? Has he taken his leadership role to the next level?
He's doing a great job. He's taken up slack and when other people are slacking he's getting onto them. He tells guys where to go, where to be, he's taken the leadership role on the offense. The same thing with guys like T.J. Graham and Jay Smith. All of the seniors are stepping up.
What are your personal goals for 2011? Are you looking to surprise some people?
I hope so, for sure. First off, no drops. I want to catch every ball. Hopefully I'll score this year. I want to play as much as possible and make as many plays as possible.