Doeren talks first scrimmage

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State coach Dave Doeren spoke with the media following the Pack's first scrimmage of the fall. No stats were given out after the scrimmage.

Dave Doeren

"There is good energy on both sides of the ball - some young guys made some plays. Matt Dayes had a really nice touchdown run."

"There were some drives that got started that got killed due to penalties - that's a good learning thing for our guys."

"I thought we tackled a lot better."

"A lot of things to grow on - a lot of things to improve off of - it's a good starting point."

"I think we're way ahead tackling wise - last [spring] he first scrimmage was pathetic watching that so that part was good. And they had a good day yesterday defensively so for them to put two days together like that is good."

"I'm starting to see the confidence with Brandon Mitchell and the offense, that showed today. He showed a lot of emotion behind the offense and was encouraging people and demanding guys to play harder. You can't do that if you don't know what you're doing so it was nice to see him take another step forward today."

"We are going to play three of four backs just because of what we do. Matt's got a chance to play early and he showed today he could protect the football and break some tackles."

"His biggest attribute is how fast he accelerates. Maybe his high-end speed wouldn't be great but the first 20 yards is pretty excellent."

"Snaps - pretty inconsistent at times, not horrible. Penalties - we're bad, pre-snap stuff I'm disappointed in that."

"For sure you're gonna see some freshman playing on both sides of the ball at skill positions. Whether its receiver, running back or DB there's going to be a lot of those guys playing on special teams and some of them playing on offense and defense."

"They are playing downhill. Zach Gentry has put together a good first week of camp. I'm really impressed with his demeanor, consistency, and toughness. Robert Caldwell has come on. I feel like we have two good middle linebackers. We've moved M.J. from the middle to the weakside and he's playing both now, he has the ability to play weakside and the middle. D.J. had his best day yesterday. I think he's trying to get back into football shape so that was good to see for him."

"I think by after next Saturday we'll have a pretty good feel for most of the positions."

"There's still a decent battle going at the right guard position between [Alex] Barr and Ali Kassem."

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