THURSDAY: Dave Doeren Audio + Quotes

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

Dave Doeren

"We had a couple of days where we worked on our first and second down gameplans on both sides of the ball and we got all of our special teams installed. Today was redzone and third-down emphasis on both sides, working on our pressures and their pressures."

"We feel like we got a lot of stuff in and then tomorrow we're going to rest and recover so we can get back into gameweek healthy."

"You're always banged up during the season, and we're not a team that has great depth. Like I told the guys the other day, we're not just going to sit around and rest. We're getting ready to play the fifth-ranked team and we're playing 11 true freshmen, so we need the reps."

"We need to get our offensive line a little more chemistry then we have and to give Pete a chance to keep playing with the receivers."

"They are a team that has 19 starters back and a bunch of lettermen, all their coaches... they've been together a long time so they have a lot of install."

"They have a lot of plays you have to defend and they have great depth. Anytime you play a team like that it's challenging."

"I don't think it does anything. They'll just plug another stud in. They have a lot of four and five-star recruits over there, so they will just plug another guy in and go."

"Anytime you come to this level of football you come to it to play on a big stage on national television against ranked teams. This is our first chance to do it together and they are all excited about the opportunity and know it's going to be a great challenge."

"He's a Heisman candidate for a reason. He has a great arm and he's very savvy back there... he makes good decisions. They'll run him when they need to... their design running game in the redzone and short-yardage. You have to know where he is and you have to contain him."

"We won't put in too much. There is a fine line in having too many things you can't run well and being good at nothing. We're going to really llook at what we've done the first two weeks, what we're really good at, what we need to throw out, and what we should add to the mix."

"Just their size and speed, the number of playmakers they have on offense. The thing you see is they just score in bunches in games. They get up on people early. In the second half they do a good job of running the football and in the first half they really jump out on people. We have to do a great job of staying in the game early."

"They are always important. For our defense to have them behind them particularly on third downs... running a no-huddle where you can't hear yourself talk. It's tough. HOpefully we'll get that kind of crowd noise."

"It can be. Obviously we have to play well for it to be that way. I know they are going to be excited about the atmosphere if they can come. Being a school night I'm not sure how many we can get on campus, but we'll try to get as many as we can."

"The biggest disappointment of the game is we beat ourselves a lot. We turned it over four times with ten penalitles and all those things are correctable. Those are the thigns that disappoint you but at the same time excite you because you could have had about 600 yards and 20 more points. It's great to go into a meeting room with a victory and say look at all the bad things we did, imagine what the score would have been if we had taken that off the tape. It's a good learning experience for our guys and we're lucky to have a win out of it."

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