Making A Statement

McKay Frandsen knew it would be a big adjustment when he left his home state of Utah for NC State in January.

McKay Frandsen knew it would be a big adjustment when he left his home state of Utah for NC State in January. Already married, the Junior College All-American arrived in Raleigh, North Carolina without many expectations but excited about the future.

"It's been adjusting to school," Frandsen said of the move. "I'm married, so [it's been] spending time with my wife, spending time in school, doing my homework, at church, just balancing everything off the field and making sure I get in the weight room and doing all the necessary things I have to for football.

"My wife and I actually love it here. It took a few months to kind of adjust to life out here, but we've adjusted and love it out here."

He has also adjusted on the football field. The 6-foot-3, 255-pounder competed in spring practice for one of the starting positions at defensive end but entered the 2011 season behind sophomore Darryl Cato-Bishop on the depth chart.

However, a rash of injuries along the defensive line opened the door for Frandsen to make his first start of the year last Saturday versus Georgia Tech.

"Unfortunately, there have been a lot of injuries, but I think it's been a good opportunity for a lot of guys," said Frandsen. "Guys like myself [have an opportunity] to contribute and play hard and really buckle down and work extra hard to pull out some wins.

"I think everyone is doing their job the best they can and working hard. Some of the freshmen like T.Y. McGill [have stepped up], he's really stepped up big. That's been a great opportunity for him."

Frandsen was particularly impressed with how the Wolfpack competed against Georgia Tech's explosive offense in the second and third quarters. The Wolfpack fell behind 21-0 early in the second quarter, but the defense rallied and made plays, allowing the offense to cut the lead to 21-14 before the Yellow Jackets exploded again in the fourth.

"The second or third quarter we were all pumped up," Frandsen said. "I thought in my head in the third quarter that we were going to win this game. We had all the momentum. I think the defense made some big strides in the game, and we got some enthusiasm during the game.

"A couple of series we stopped them on the goalline... I think seven plays inside the 10-yard line on one drive. That's definitely a positive we can build off of. We just need to build off that, do that consistently. I think that's what we've been focusing on."

Frandsen now has five games under his belt on the high-major level, and he has totaled nine tackles and a quarterback hurry. In his first start, he notched four tackles in the loss, playing the most snaps he has this season (36).

He and the rest of the Wolfpack defense will be looking to show against Central Michigan that they are going to continue to improve over the course of the season.

"I think it's [about] making a statement, going out and showing that we do have a good defense," he said. "We do have a good defense. I think there have been times we haven't played as good as we should, but I think in this game we want to be consistent as a whole and put together four good quarters."

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