O'Brien: Pack Prepping For Triple Option

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State head coach Tom O'Brien met with the media to discuss Saturday's game against The Citadel.

Tom O'Brien

"We start our preparation tomorrow for The Citadel. We started a little bit yesterday. Their offense is one that is tough to handle. The last two weekends they've knocked off ranked teams in their division.

"They are playing with a great amount of confidence. The quarterback is extremely dangerous. He's their leading ball carrier I think he's carried it 54 times, only throw eight, maybe nine passes. I know it's less than 10."

"We're going to have to be very disciplined, trust our eyes, and read our keys or we're going to be fooled. The quarterback can run around you, by you, through you, or past you, and when you have to defend that sooner or later the ball is going to go flying over your head. That's what they do."

"I think it's the first time since '92 they started 3-0 and that is the last time they've beat one of the FBS or whatever we call ourselves now, and won their conference title."

"They will certainly come here thinking they can whoop us."

"They've seen it but it's always difficult to do it week-to-week. We spent a lot of preseason camp each year against Georgia Tech. In fact, we did five minutes of option all the time against them."

"[State] spent two days [in fall camp] getting ready for it, but then you put it to bed and play three other games."

"What all those teams do is they start giving you different formations to figure out how you're lining up and they will start counting and figure out where their best advantage is."

"I think our coaches know what's going to happen we just have to make sure our players know what is going to happen come Saturday."

"No, [Mustafa Greene's] situation hasn't changed since Saturday night."

"When we are in base defense [Rodman Noel] plays and when we go to substitution defense he comes out and Pittman goes in and plays inside. It depends on what personnel grouping we have on the field. If we're in base defense, three-linebacker scheme, he'll be in there."

"[Rodman Noel has] made plays. He got his opportunity and made some plays. He was in the right spot at the right time and continues to get playing time because of that."

"Georgia Southern was No. 3 in the country in their division when they beat them.... trying to defend this offense isn't easy."

"They are going to run the fullback, they are going to run the quarterback, they are going to pitch the ball, and they are going to run the speed sweep. That's the base of their offense."

"What they are saying is if we do this 30 times you're not good enough, tough enough, physically or mentally to do your job 30 times so we're going to pop it on you."

"[Manny Stocker] is the backup quarterback. If Glennon would have gone down at Tennessee he would have had to go in the game. WE just haven't had a chance with the way the first two games were played to get him in the game or we would have done that."

"It's going to be better for him in the long run because in another year he'll be better prepared to fight for the job come spring practice because he's been in a game."

"He was running around like a chicken with his head cut off. When he got in the only thing I said was to just make sure you got the ball from the center. That's the first thing you do."

"They've got a 34-26 time advantage. They are going to hang on to the ball and that's what they do. We're going to do the best that we can to win the football game."

"By the time he went in the second series, but by that time we weren't going to throw the ball. The game was over."

"A year ago he was in high school and now he is in Carter-Finley Stadium playing."

"[The offense] is going to have to sustain drives and they are going to have to score. You have limited amount of possessions playing these teams and when you have a possession you're going to have to put something on the scoreboard or you'll find yourself behind."

"Run it three times... fourth-and-one... big advantage for them."

"I don't think [Rob Crisp] is any better this week. There didn't seem to be much progress on Sunday. Next week I won't answer that because we're going into the ACC."

"You shouldn't have mix-ups in the secondary. People ought to be on the same page."

"Eight minutes to go in the Connecticut game you're up 10-0 and you give up a pass where two guys run into each other."


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