THURSDAY: Dave Doeren Audio + Quotes

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

Dave Doeren

"He's been asking all year if he could be the guy. We've tried a couple of different people and haven't had a lot of luck."

"When he gets the ball he's a north-and-south guy. He has no fear."

"I think he's a good part for what we're looking for. We need a north-south guy that will make a decision and just run hard. Now we need to block better for that guy."

"I think the tempo part of it has been good. We've been able to slow it down some with the motion and shifting and speed it up."

"As far as the run game, it's a work-in-progress. I think we are running the ball more efficiently, but we need more explosive runs. We need more runs over the 10-yard variety. We've had some with our jet game, but we need more with our tailbacks."

"We need to use our players, but there are some things going out here that you guys aren't privileged to. Shad has to earn it. He's done a good job of that. I'm not handling things over to people that make mistakes in the offseason. They've got to prove they deserve the ball."

"We gave him a chance on kickoff return a couple of weeks ago and he dropped it. He's going to grow up and he's going to become a man. He's a good athlete, nobody argues with that, but there is more than just being a good athlete to get the football on a football team."

"As far as Underwood, we need to get him more touches. He's shown that he is an explosive player. He also could have made a big catch on the sideline on play three and he didn't. That would have been a huge play in the game."

"Matt does want to get the playmakers involved. Sometimes when you're going fast that's probably the negative of it, you can't always have exactly who in the game you want... trying to keep them from subbing."

"There are times he'll say give me Underwood, give me so-and-so, and we'll get those guys the ball."

"We knew coming into the season that we were going to have young mistakes at a couple of position groups."

"I know Ramos is excited about the opportunity he'll get this week. I look forward to seeing him out there."

"He's been really solid, consistent."

"It helps a lot. The velocity of the football that they have to play against in the passing game, the leadership he brings just to give them a good look, he demands that the scout team plays hard and it helps the defenses look."

"Win or lose you try to correct the mistakes... it just hurts more when you lose."

"I really don't look at mistakes any different in a win or a loss. It's why did you make them."

"You have to appreciate how hard Pete plays. He's scrambling, he's running through guys, he's making clutch throws on fourth down. He's giving us everything that he has. As he plays he's going to get better and better. All quarterbacks do."

"It should. He's going to know their gameplan by the time you're done with the second quarter. Coach Canada and him will get on the phone... as the game goes on you just adjust your plan to the defensive schemes you're getting. Pete's been able to do that."


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