Doeren: I'm Happy With The Energy

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State head coach Dave Doeren met with the media following the Wolfpack's first spring scrimmage.

Dave Doeren

"I was happy no one got hurt. That is the first thing you look at."

"The defense started fast. There were a lot of three-and-outs and energy, but as we went on the offense started to get a lot of momentum."

"We were able to get a lot of good situational work in today being in the redzone... backed up."

"Even a couple of turnovers which was a sudden change."

"That's our first scrimmage so you think you expect some ups-and-downs. I don't think we tackled extremely well. There was a lot of missed tackles, and that's part of the deal... to see who can finish plays."

"I'm happy with the energy and effort, but there are a lot of things we need to work on."

"Rashard [Smith] stood out today. He made a lot of plays... was consistent throughout the scrimmage."

"When the lights come on you see a different side."

"It's good to see guys finish plays."

"You see guys playing faster now at a lot of positions. We just have to clean up things a few things, pre-snap penalties."

"It didn't seem like we turned the ball over a lot... there were some nice throws and there was some bad protection at times which hurt those guys."

"A couple of the receivers stood out. I thought Charlie Hegedus made a couple of nice catches today. Rashard Smith stood out to me, especially on some of the sweeps where he was running the football."

"You just can't beat yourself... we can't beat NC State ourselves. It's a great learning experience obviously when you're in your first scrimmage."

"We had some punt today and some live punt/punt return cross-over work."

"I'm not going to name a starter for a while. I think Pete is making progress pretty steadily. Manny is still struggling with some guys. One guy is older than another so it's a little to be expected. It will be a while before we decide."

"Coach Canada has plays written down and in his head with who he wants to see doing things."

"It's good. My family and most of my coach's families are here now."


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