Monday was the first day in the office for new NC State wide receivers coach Troy Walters, and he took time out of his busy schedule to answer some questions from Pack Pride.
Here is part II of our exclusive Q&A with Walters, an eight-year NFL veteran who spent the last two seasons coaching that same position at Texas A&M, was the recipient of the 1999 Biletnikoff Trophy, given to the nation's top collegiate wide receiver.
Your record as a player speaks for itself. When you go out and bring these guys in, what is it like telling them about your career in the NFL? How do players take it?
I think they are impressed, it's sort of the practice what you preach slogan. I know what it takes to be great. Coming from a guy that's been there and done that, it adds credibility. The guys are excited to get going and that's what I told them.
I'm here to be a resource for them and share my experiences to help them be the best football player, student and man they can become.
What is your approach to recruiting?
Recruiting is the number one factor in a program. You have to bring in good players. You also have to bring in players that are going to fit the system, come in, development and become great players and people. You have to be on top, you have to be diligent.
I'm looking to bring that here to NC State, not only evaluating early, but then going in and sharing all the positives that we have to offer.
What do you look for in a receiver that you might recruit?
First and foremost, I like to get to know a guy and see his mindset. Does he love football? Is he passionate about the game? Then you look for a guy that can catch the ball. Athletic guys that can run after the catch.
Then good students, guys that will be able to come here and excel in the classroom. We can go out there and recruit the best and get the best guys here at North Carolina State.
What is your approach with receiver depth?
You have to get the best players on the field, and you have to have the guys that the other coaches and quarterbacks are comfortable with. Whether that's three guys or eight, you have to be ready to go. We're young, but we're talented, and these guys have a chance to be special in this offense.
Does being a return man help a wide receiver?
Any time you get on the field and touch the ball it's going to improve your game.
When I played, I always felt like I had a better game as a receiver when I got to return punts. The more times you get the ball in your hands the better you are.
What is your early impression of the returning guys?
They are excited, they feel like they have a chip on their shoulder. They've been reading about how the group is inexperienced. They've been working hard and they are ready to go, looking forward to having a great season.
When you got to NC State and looked at the facilities, what did you think?
Second to none. Coming from Texas A&M, they had great facilities, but they are nowhere near what we have here. It's a great tool for recruiting and for the current players. You have the resources needed to be great.
Are you a more vocal coach, are you more hands-on?
I love the game, I want to be the best. I'm very passionate about it all. I'm very hands on. I try to stay in shape so I can put my cleats on and show these guys what to do. I'm very demanding, I want guys to do things the right way.
At the same time, you have to know that these guys need love. You have to be flexible, but I'm definitely hands on and like to get out there and reminisce from my playing days.