NOTEBOOK: Byrd's A Leader

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State head coach Dave Doeren is happy to know that safety Jarvis Byrd will be back with the program for another season.

NC State head coach Dave Doeren is thrilled to know that safety Jarvis Byrd will be back with the program for a another season.

Byrd, who missed all of the 2010 and 2011 seasons with separate ACL tears, suffered a third torn ACL in the fifth game of the 2013 campaign and had to sit out the final seven contests. He was granted an additional year by the NCAA earlier this month.

However, he is still recovering from his ACL injury.

"Hopefully he's able to play," said Dave Doeren after Wednesday's practice. "Right now we know that he can play, but he still has a lot of recovery. Just having him in the mindset that he can play again is good for him."

Where NC State can certainly count on Byrd is for leadership.

"Our guys look up to him," Doeren added. "That positive outlook... he has a great outlook on life. You can see his excitement about the opportunity. The carrot is hanging out there again. It's good for the team."

Byrd has been helping some of the younger players develop, such as potential starter at safety Josh Jones, a redshirt freshman.

"Jarvis is a good teammate because even though he wants to start he also supports the players that are playing," Doeren said. "He knows that with his injuries he's a play away from not being in there, and so for Josh it's good to learn from Jarvis.

"Jarvis is a good teammate for showing Josh the way."

Thuney Back Inside
Doeren mentioned earlier this month that he was glad to have Joe Thuney back inside at left guard after the junior at left tackle last season.

How has the move been working out for Thuney?

"It's been going well so far for me," said Thuney. "I've been trying to put on weight and keep the same quickness. Coach Uremovich has done a great job of teaching me the techniques I need in there.

"My teammates have helped me too. They've provided big holes for me to pull through."

"We didn't have him last week for a couple of days, he had a wedding he had to go to," added Doeren. "The days we've had him, it makes us more athletic in there, obviously."

Thuney has much more upside as an interior lineman.

"Joe is a good tackle, but he has a chance to be a great inside player," Doeren said. "It elevates his ability to make plays as a lineman. With the pull-things that we do in the power game, the matchups he can do with the center... things like that."

Parting Shots
NC State held a scrimmage on Saturday in Carter-Finley Stadium and Doeren seemed fairly pleased with his offense.

"They just completed some balls, made some plays," he said. "That's some things where when you're blowing a whistle you don't see a running back break a tackle... did he make a tackle, did he break a tackle, did a receiver run through that contact or did he get tackled?"

"You got to see the finish of plays, and I thought our offense finished some plays on Saturday."

  • When asked if any young players had caught his eye, Doeren named three of his freshmen early enrollees.

    "Bo Hines had a heck of a day today," he said. "He had a really good day. I would say Germaine Pratt and Bo Hines. Those are probably the two that jump out. Also, Tony Adams on the line."

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