Special Game For Norman

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State junior defensive end Art Norman can't wait. He knew there would be a chance that he gets to lay a hit on his brother, Warren Norman, the moment that he found out the Wolfpack would be facing Vanderbilt.

NC State junior defensive end Art Norman can't wait. He knew there would be a chance that he gets to lay a hit on his brother, Warren Norman, the moment that he found out the Wolfpack would be facing Vanderbilt.

A reserve tailback for Vanderbilt, Warren Norman has played sparingly during his junior campaign. He's rushed for 75 yards and a touchdown on 21 carries this season.

"We've just been talking a little smack back and forth," said Art. "I'm excited. I hope he plays. He hasn't been playing as much as he usually has because he's had some injuries, but I hope he plays."

What would it be like for Art if his brother is assigned to pick him up in blitz protection?

"I can't wait," he said, laughing. "I'm going to try and run him over so I can talk smack... show him who the big brother is. I'm excited though.

"We get to go home for five days before we go to Nashville so we'll probably hang out at home in Stone Mountain. For me and my brother it's just a game. It's all fun. At the end of the day he's still my brother."

It's been a hectic few weeks for Norman and the rest of the Wolfpack. State has had a major coaching change, but the assistants have remained in place to prepare the team for the Music City Bowl.

Even with the change, Norman says the team is ready to hit the field again.

"There's been a lot of change," he said. "Everybody is excited, we're all flying around. The biggest thing is to try and win this game. There is a lot of energy out here. There's been a lot of change, but everybody is taking it well.

"[This season] didn't work out the way we planned it to be, but we want to go out with a bang. It's the last game of the season, so we're trying to go out with a bang. I'm sure Vanderbilt is too, but it's a big game for us."

According to Norman, NC State's defense has re-installed some packages they've used previously in hopes of disrupting Vanderbilt's offense.

"We've got some different things we're doing on defense as well," he said. "Its not brand new, things we did maybe last year, we just haven't run it as much this year. We're just putting it back in."

Norman has yet to be coached by new Wolfpack head coach Dave Doeren, but he has met with him to discuss the future. What are his early impressions of Doeren?

"I like him," said Norman. "He seems like he's going to be a player's coach. He's younger... he's already come up to me asking me if we're going to have parties in the backfield. I'm looking forward to it. I'm excited."


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