NOTES: Belk Bowl Media Day

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NC State Defensive tackle J.R. Sweezy may have been the happiest Wolfpacker when it was announced that the Wolfpack would be playing in the 2011 Belk Bowl.

NC State Defensive tackle J.R. Sweezy may have been the happiest Wolfpacker when it was announced that the Wolfpack would be playing in the 2011 Belk Bowl.

The redshirt senior grew up and played football in Mooresville, North Carolina at Mooresville High School, which is roughly 35 minutes from Charlotte.

"It works out great for me," said Sweezy, laughing. "I've got 70 or so family and friends coming to watch me play... a lot more than that can come see me in Raleigh.

"With it being my last game, right down the road from home... I can't ask for much more than that."

Sophomore cornerback David Amerson feels the same way. The Greensboro, North Carolina native will have plenty of family in Bank of America Stadium.

"I couldn't get that many tickets, but there will be a lot of them here," said Amerson. "My mom and her side of the family will be here and my dad and his side of the family."

Junior quarterback Mike Glennon isn't from the state of North Carolina. Glennon grew up in Northern Virginia, and because he has been down in Charlotte preparing for the bowl he hasn't had a chance to see his family yet. However, spending Christmas apart is a regular occurrence for the Glennon household, as his older brother, Sean, attended several bowls while playing quarterback for Virginia Tech.

"My family is on the way down, but I got to talk to them all yesterday," said Glennon. "My mom just got an IPad so we did a video chat.

"Really, it's not an issue for us because we are used to not having everybody at home for Christmas... probably the past eight or nine years."

Belk Bowl Swag
One of the first questions a player wants answered when he finds out his team's bowl destination is what bowl gifts will they be receiving? What was it for the Wolfpack?

"We went to Belk on a shopping spree," said Glennon. "They gave us 400 dollars to spend at Belk. I bought myself a winter jacket, some khakis... jeans. I also bought some Christmas presents."

"I got my brother a gift," added Amerson. "I bought myself something too. I haven't been shopping in a long time so I had to treat myself."

The players were treated to a private shopping spree at the Belk store in South Park Mall, and each was also given a customized Fossil watch with the Belk Bowl logo imprinted on the face.

Not bad, not bad at all.

Bowl Week's A Blast
NC State arrived in Charlotte last week and the team has participated in various events, including an outing to Charlotte Motor Speedway.

"The NASCAR stuff was fun," said Sweezy. "Really, everything down here has been fun. We've had a lot of stuff to do, they've kept us busy."

Amerson says he has just cherished the additional time spent with his teammates.

"We're all close, so we're hanging out together and having fun," said Amerson. "It's been great.

"Probably the highlight so far for me has been spending time with the team at our Christmas dinner. Guys hung out together and had a great time."

A Launch Into 2012
State ended the season with back-to-back wins to finish the regular season at 7-5 and earn the bowl trip. However, the team still feels like they have some unfinished business.

"This game is big," said Glennon. "An eight-win season is a lot better than a seven-win season. With so many players coming back it would give us a lot of momentum going into next year."

"It's huge," said Sweezy. "I've been telling people that bowl games build to the next season, so for next year's team it's a huge game.

"It's big for the school and the fans. We know we need to win this game."

"We always want to end the season with a win," added Amerson. "It would mean a lot to coach O'Brien and the team to get a win down here. It's a big game."

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