Norman Ready For Tech's Offense

NC State's defense will face the toughest challenge of the season when the Wolfpack hosts Georgia Tech on Saturday. Redshirt freshman defensive end Art Norman discusses Tech's triple-option offense with Pack Pride.

NC State's defense will face the toughest challenge of the season when the Wolfpack hosts Georgia Tech on Saturday. Redshirt freshman defensive end Artemus Norman discusses Tech's triple-option offense with Pack Pride.

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Coach Archer mentioned that it has been an adjustment for you playing more snaps. Can you talk about that?
I didn't expect to play this much or start either, but I've adjusted to it. It's starting to work out. I've had to step up and take [Jeff] Rieskamp's spot since he's out.

I feel like I'm progressing, especially with this being my first year seeing the field.

Coach Willis mentioned during fall camp that he really wanted to limit your snaps because of how hard you play on each snap and they want to use you a lot in pass-rushing situations. Do you feel like you've been fatigued at all given you're playing probably three-times as many snaps as the coaches wanted you to play going into the season?
It has fatigued me a little, but you've got to play through it. It has not been a huge issue, but going a lot of plays, especially when an offense can go on quick counts or no-huddle... it can impact.

I'm quicker than most linemen, but I'm going against bigger guys so I know I have to go hard right at them.

But the fatigue hasn't been a big problem... only when they go no-huddle.

What do you know about Georgia Tech?
Obviously they run the triple-option offense. Plus, two of their offensive players, Omoregie Uzzi and Roddy Jones, went to my high school. That's pretty cool, being able to go against them.

Being from Georgia, how familiar are you with the triple-option offense? I know it seems like a lot of high school programs in Georgia still run some variations of it.
It's funny because we actually ran it at my high school, Chamblee. I know a lot about the offense because I've faced it a lot, not only in games, but also in practice, when I was in high school.

As a defensive end, what is your focus going against that offense?
Being disciplined. A lot of times you might miss a tackle facing regular offenses and a linebacker will be there behind you, but against the option everyone has an assignment.

The biggest thing is staying disciplined, playing focused and aggressive, but also knowing your keys.


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