Doeren: "We're Getting Closer"

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State head coach Dave Doeren met with the media following Monday's practice.

Dave Doeren

"(The next scrimmage) will be similar to what you see in the preseason where we cover all of the situations. But we also move the ball enough where they have to have sustainable drives."

"We'll hit the red zone and then back and up and hit the things the guys have to be ready to do on game day. We also want to see if they can sustain a drive from the 25 going out. We'll do that as much as we can rep-wise."

"The defensive backs tackled well in space. That was impressive. I thought our running backs ran hard and took care of the football. There were no fumbles in the scrimmage. We didn't have as many drops as we did in practice today, that's for sure."

"I was disappointed in just how many pre-snap penalties there were. That was probably the biggest disappointment. The quarterbacks did some good and bad things. Brandon Mitchell made some big-play type throws down the field that were caught."

"It's a combination. You have a lot of quarterbacks in and out with different cadences causing some of it. It's not always on the other 10 guys, sometimes it's on the quarterback. That's the thing about offense, it takes one guy to screw up the whole thing. We just have to make sure they are locked in every snap."

"First scrimmage, you expect a few things. And there were a lot of freshmen playing, too. Once you start to have a common lineup, you start to see fewer and fewer of those things because there is a better chemistry. Right now, there are a lot of changes in the lineup throughout the day."

"I thought we've gotten better at running the football. You're starting to see guys knowing how to zone block together, power double block together and use each other. We're getting better there."

"We don't have a lot (of depth) right now, there are too many of them watching practice. Once they're healthy, we'll have a lot of depth. We've just got a lot of guys with training camp bumps and bruises that weren't out there today. You're at practice 11, so it's part of fall camp. Sometimes you have guys banged up, sometimes you don't."

"We were trying to get our best 11 on the field, and we felt like at corner, with Jarvis Byrd, Johnson and Burris, those were three of our better defensive backs. Byrd, having the ACL injuries that he's had, not that he can't run, but he's a better fit. He's a fast safety. At corner he struggles a little bit top-end wise. It's a way to make him be a more effective player. He's vocal, he's one of our best vocal leaders on defense, so it's good having him back there. He's been around a long time. The other safeties that could be in there with Jarvis are young."

"I think our team respects the adversity (Jarvis Byrd) has overcome. He's a tough dude, one of the best hitters, pound for pound, on our team. I think our guys have a lot of respect for him."

"(Zach Gentry) is a tough guy who cares a lot aboutt his team. He's playing in the middle right now and I like what he and Robert Caldwell are doing. Those are two guys that play hard."

"I do. We're getting closer. We're starting to narrow things down offensively a little bit better. Defense has kind of been on pace, they haven't slowed down. We need to get in the red zone a lot tonight, that's one are we need to catch up in."

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