Doeren Talks Opener

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

Dave Doeren

"I'm ready to see what everybody can do. Obviously the defense and the offense have had their own paths to get to this game."

"One side is more experienced than the other. Does that mean they are going to play better on Saturday? We'll find out."

"I think both teams have a unique opportunity right now to show how well they adjust in a game."

"There are going to be corrections they have to take from the sideline and the field and adapt."

"It's going to be a test tackling those two backs they have. They've got four new offensive linemen and we have an experienced defensive front."

"We've got to do a good job of being who we should be on the defensive line, and I know their offensive line will compete hard because they are well-coached."

"Their defensive line is their experience... I look forward to seeing the battles on the line of scrimmage. That is in most games where games are won."

"I'm sick of talking about the first game to be honest with you. Of course we're excited to play and of course I want to see Carter-Finley... I think it's time for our players just to go out there... we're not going to be at the end of the year who we are at the beginning of the year."

"Here's where we are today. Hopefully it's good enough to get a W."

"[Travares Copeland] is going to play a lot for us this year. He had to nurse a hamstring injury throughout camp so he just didn't have enough reps to be where we want him to be yet. But he knows the offense and once he's healthy he'll be an important guy on our roster. I know he's anxious to get back on the field."

"Quinton [Schooley] is a smart kid academically and he's also a smart football player. He's able to pick up whatever you take him in a meeting room and take it to a gamefield and show it. As easy as that sounds, it's not easy. For a guy coming right out of a junior college to be able to pick it up and do it against moving parts, and he wasn't even a center a year ago he was a tackle, I think that says a lot about his versatility and athleticism."

"Both [Rose and Cato-Bishop] have played really well. Our front four is really a front eight in a lot of ways because they are going to rotate so much."

"We felt like the production he has had in practice, he deserved that role. It's really like M.J. and Pittman... you have two guys very equal in their production."


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