Pack Has 'Feisty' Practice

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State head coach Dave Doeren met with the media following Monday's practice and said the Pack had a spirited and sometimes feisty workout with less than two weeks to go before the season opener.

Dave Doeren

It was feisty today. A little too much at times. But the guys had a lot of energy today. We did some good move the ball segments. We started kinda normal down and distance and then went red zone and finished with two minute and a field goal to win so it was good situational football today. We start school Wednesday so today was the last full day that we could do some walk-throughs and have some meetings and I think we got a lot out of it.

For us being able to hit our quarterbacks I was real happy with the ball security at that position and the way we ran the football particularly in the one offense was impressive. I was disappointed at times with the tackling that we had. There was a lot of back and forth on both sides of the football. We didn't throw the football particularly well but we focused on the run game that day.

Depends on what day. I think I've said that before. I'm not going to rush into it but Brandon has taken more reps with the ones at times and then Pete's back in there. It's a back and forth. It's a long season and I think we need both of those guys ready to play. I haven't made a firm decision yet.

It was good right there. They both needed to kick a field goal to win and they both made it in a hurried situation so that was good to see. I like the height that Nik kicks the ball with. He gets it up really quick. We've done a bunch of pooch punt work here the last couple of days. and Wil has been able to down the ball inside the 10 several times, so those are positive things.

It's a third of the game, it's over 30 snaps a game, there's usually plays that cover 40 yards or more, so it's huge field position exchange. A lot of it goes unnoticed when you do it right, but there can be explosive plays that open up games.

We've got Rashard back there, Travares Copeland is a guy and Bra'Lon Cherry is a guy; all three of those guys have rotated back there at the returner spots and done a nice job.

Yeah, right now, M.J. and Pittman are rotating at the will, Gentry and Caldwell at the mike and D.J. Green is playing the sam backer with Rodman behind him.

No way, we're not even close. We're never going to be where we want to be, we've always got work to do. We need to play a game pretty soon to figure out really what we have, but I'm happy with the progress at times, I'm happy with the product but not always. There's a lot of work to be done still.

Yeah, probably and I think sometimes you get a little edgy and tired and it carries over. The guys got to learn how to harness their frustration and use it on the next play instead of after a whistle. We can't lose a player to something after the whistle, that's for sure.

In some ways it has and in others it didn't because we had to hold some guys out that were banged up. At receiver, we played all of our young guys. Quintin Payton has been out the whole camp and we held out Smith and he's back in action now. I think the one thing we found is that we are going to have to play a lot of guys on offense because of the pace we're playing at and the fact that we haven't been up-tempo here before. You can't just play three receivers and hope you're going to make it, you have to play seven, eight, nine guys. I think that's the one thing. There will be a definite guy that comes out on the field to start the game, but you're going to see a lot of different legs running around.

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