The 6-foot-4, 235-pounder spoke with Pack Pride recently about how he is progressing through fall camp and his expectations for the season.
How is camp going for you so far?
It's going well. The first couple of days were kind of tough because I was getting back into the rhythm of things.
To be honest, I was kind of off, but as time went on I started to get more accustomed to the speed of everything. I think I'm improving and getting back up to speed now.
This summer NC State announced that tailbacks coach Des Kitchings would also coach the tight ends. What kind of an adjustment has that been for you?
Well, tight end is a versatile position, you have to do a lot, especially in our offense, and now we work out with the running backs and the offensive lineman. Whether it is split out wide, on the line, or in the backfield, we have to do a lot. Having a couple of coaches, we're kind of used to that.
We've worked with the offensive linemen, doing shoot drills, and we'll go with the running backs and do hand drills. It's natural, and I think it ha helped us see how we fit into different positions.
Coach Kitchings has said that with your speed and athleticism you can be a weapon stretching the field for the offense.
Of course, I'm definitely willing to go wherever the coaches want me to go and run whatever routes they want me to run. Because of my speed I can do a good job of stretching the field and creating mismatches.
Even if I don't get the ball I can occupy safeties so someone else can get the ball. I think my speed helps that.
Coach O'Brien has said in the past that tight end could be State's deepest position because you have four that have redshirted and have spent at least one year in the system. What do you think of that?
I think that is definitely a positive because it increases the competition. We all have to stay on our feet and really watch the mistakes we make... we have to keep pushing because the next guy is definitely good enough to take your spot.
I think it's good for us as a group... we have a lot of guys that can play and it only helps the competition.
Mike Glennon seems poised to have a big year. What do you see different from him this year?
Mike has grown in confidence. That comes with knowing the position and the offense. He has done a great job of just knowing every position and knowing how the offense is suppose to operate.
If something is wrong or if a guy is out of position, Mike won't hesitate to tell us.
That extra confidence has enabled him to grow.