Noel, who has totaled 17 tackles and had eight in the win over the Citadel, has also recorded at least one tackle for a loss in every game this year.
"Things have been going well," said Noel. "I've been trying to get adjusted to the defense, and I'm getting there. Each game I'm getting more comfortable. I need to know all my assignments and stay focused.
"There are always areas where you can improve though. I can get better with my pass rushing, but right now I'm focused on this week's game against Miami."
State has developed at rotation at strongside linebacker with Noel and fellow sophomore Brandon Pittman.
"I think we've kind of sorted what their jobs will be going forward," said NC State head coach Tom O'Brien. "We have a better understanding of how to use them in the defense that we want to play against personnel groupings.
"Going forward, we can put them in advantageous positions for us so that we can be successful on defense."
"I think coach just wants to get as much speed on the field as he can," said Noel. "We both know that whoever is on the field is going to produce. We just want to keep working hard and making plays."
Up next for NC State is the Wolfpack's ACC opener against Miami. The Hurricanes are currently 2-0 in league play and are rolling offensively after putting up 42 points and 609 yards of total offense in the win over Georgia Tech.
"Miami is a good team," said Noel. "They have athletic guys that are skilled. It's going to be a big challenge for our entire unit, and we just have stay focused on all our assignments but mainly play fast.
"We're playing well. I think our chemistry [on defense] is starting to be even better. We're trusting each other more and know where we all are going to be."
Miami is a team that is balanced offensively. Quarterback Stephen Morris can beat you through the air, but the Hurricanes can also grind away with tailbacks Mike James and Duke Johnson.
What does Noel think is the biggest key for the Wolfpack's defense on Saturday?
"We've just got to force turnovers," he said. "When we do that we can put our offense in good positions to score. That can help us put a lot of points on the board which will lead to a win."