Brissett: "It's Been Good"

RALEIGH, N.C. -- All eyes are on Jacoby Brissett this spring, and he is just fine with that.

Jacoby Brissett enrolled at NC State last January and went through spring practice, but it wasn't like this year. He knew he wouldn't be playing in 2013. Now he is "the guy" after head coach Dave Doeren named him the starter following the 2013 season.

"Last year at this time we had no idea who that guy would be and this year we do," Doeren said earlier this week. "I feel a lot of comfort in that. Our guys really look up to him. The leadership he brings at that position will help our football team. The production will come, and I know he's excited to be competing again."

A graduate of Dwyer High School, Brissett played in eight games as a true freshman for the Gators in 2011, starting a pair of contests. In 2012, he saw action in five games and started one.

Brissett completed 23-of-35 passes for 249 yards and a TD in 2012 as a sophomore, posting a 134.90 efficiency rating. Against Louisiana, he came off the bench with UF trailing 20-13 in the third quarter, and led a pair of touchdown drives to secure the 27-20 win. He started Florida's 23-0 victory over Jacksonville State, completing 14-of-22 passes for 154 yards.

Following the season he elected to leave the program and enrolled at NC State after also considering West Virginia.

Brissett was able to spend all last season practicing with the team and learning the playbook but not playing in games.

"I wanted to work on knowing the offense," he said. "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."

Now with spring practice underway he's working to build chemistry with the rest of the players on offense while also accepting the leadership role a quarterback often must have.

"I have to apply everything I learned this year and just go out there and do it," said Brissett. "You have to really [accept] that leadership role, and make sure that you're ready... make sure that everybody knows who is the starter.

"It's [been] fine, just getting to know new players and getting better each day."

Doeren, who has known Brissett since recruiting him when Doeren was an assistant coach at Wisconsin, is high on his quarterback's skillset. Now it comes down to settling in and improving every day.

"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."

As for Brissett, the plan is simple.

"I'm just having fun," said Brissett. "With the mindset to get better each day. I know that if I get better then everything sill be fine.

"Everybody has embraced me with open arms. It's been good. Everyone is on board and ready to go."

"He has a lot to prove," Doeren said of Brissett. "He hasn't started a game here yet, but he's the No. 1 quarterback in our offense. He's going to play like a No. 1.

"Ask him, he's hard on himself, he's competitive, and he does have a great skillset. But, he has a lot of young guys around him and now they need to get that chemistry."

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