NOTEBOOK: Day Two In The Books

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State had to slightly adjust the spring practice schedule this week due to inclement weather.

The Wolfpack was set to open spring practice Tuesday morning, but poor weather conditions moved the first practice to Wednesday, which left Dave Doeren and his staff holding workouts on back-to-back days.

How was today's practice?

"It was good," said Doeren. "I wish we would have had a little more time between the two practices like we originally scheduled. But, obviously with the weather we changed it up.

"There was a lot on them today. Early on I thought the offense had some good things going, and the defense finished pretty strong. You guys know though, there are no pads on yet so you can't get too excited."

NC State will not practice next week with the players on spring break. Practice will resume March 19th at 8:15 am.

Nothing New On Thornton
Prior to meeting with the media, Dave Doeren spent a few minutes talking with tailback Shadrach Thornton. The rising junior received some good news on Tuesday when marijuana charges against him were voluntarily dismissed.

However, Doeren didn't have a new update on Thornton, who had been suspended since the offseason arrest.

"Obviously it's good to get that kind of information," Doeren said when asked about the charges being dropped. "But, I'm still going to wait to make a statement on it. The process is continuing... that's a big part of it though."

Thornton is practicing with the team, and he played in 11 games last season for the Wolfpack, leading them in rushing (768 yards) and touchdowns (4).

Where Can Jacoby Improve?
Junior quarterback Jacoby Brissett had to sit out last season after transferring from Florida, and he tried to use the time to work on different areas of his game.

"I wanted to work on knowing the offense," said Brissett. "Coming from a different offense... just making sure I was there mentally. I know I have to go out there and apply what I know and just use the stuff that I learned from previous places. Also, to get better."

His head coach shared his perspective on where he wanted Jacoby to improve.

"He wants to be great," said Doeren. "He's going to work extremely hard, he has good skills.

"The biggest thing as a quarterback is if you have a mistake, what do you do next? If it's not good, just get us to the next play, don't try to throw it into a coverage. That's just more repetition for him."

"Not that he's done it bad," added Doeren. "But any quarterback that you have, they all want to make that great throw all of the time. Sometimes they need to remember that next down might be when they get to throw that pass. There's nothing other than reps and putting him in as many game-like situations as we can."

Early Surprises?
NC State has several newcomers out at practice looking to make their mark, as the Wolfpack welcomed in nine mid-year enrollees. According to Doeren, it's a little early to say who has stood out.

"It's hard to say without pads on," he stated. "The receivers and DBs, you can evaluate a little better than the front guys. I think Stephen Louis, Bo Hines, and Kalen McCain are moving around really well. Their grasp of both sides of the ball has been better than I would have expected.

"Those front guys, I'll wait until we're hitting."

Hines has also impressed the Wolfpack's lone senior wideout.

"Bo Hines, he came in, you'd think he was a senior," said Bryan Underwood. "It's just the way he carries himself. He's really poised. He doesn't get rattled, and he came in eager to learn the plays.

"We had a game where we split up into teams, and he knew everything instantly. With the plays we wanted him to learn, he didn't miss a beat. Coming in as a freshman and learning everything that fast was impressive."

One other newcomer did catch Doeren's eye at this morning's practice.

"Ty Linton made some nice plays today. I was excited for him."

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