Thuney Settling In At Guard

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Spending much of last year as a tackle on the offensive line, redshirt junior Joe Thuney has been moved back inside to his natural position as an offensive guard.

Spending much of last year at left tackle, redshirt junior Joe Thuney has been moved back inside to his natural position as an offensive guard.

"It's different moving back from tackle to guard," said Thuney. "When you're playing tackle, you're blocking defensive ends that are usually smaller and quicker than the defensive tackles on the inside that are bigger. You have to have great footwork in moving those bigger guys around, but I think it's going well for me."

"Joe is a good tackle, but he has a chance to be a great inside player," said NC State head coach Dave Doeren. "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."

Thuney, currently listed at 6-foot-5 and 285 pounds, is taking full advantage of the time he has this spring to improve his individual size and game.

"I've been trying to put on weight and keep that same quickness that I have," he said. "I think it's been going really well. Coach [Uremovich] has really done a good job of teaching me the ins-and-outs of pulling and more techniques of where to aim.

"My teammates have been really helping me, too. They provide big holes for me to pull through, so that's been a big help."

Thuney will also be blocking for the new starting quarterback, Jacoby Brissett, a transfer from Florida who has yet to start a game in the Wolfpack Red and White. Though this is certainly the case, Brissett has already made a great impression and impact on his teammates.

What stands out the most to Thuney about Brissett?

"His leadership. He's not gonna accept any loafing or mistakes. He's just as hard on himself as he is on everyone else. He's accountable and we can always depend on him.

"He's doing a great job for us. If he's a quiet and passive guy, then there really is no central role for leadership. I think Jacoby has stepped in really nice. He's vocal, and he leads by example too."

With over a handful of early enrollee freshmen coming into spring practices, one freshman in particular stands out to Thuney.

"Tony Adams has been playing really well. He's the freshman center, and he's stepped up pretty well," Thuney said. "He's pretty much the guy that comes to mind for me."

Thuney also mentioned that there are other experienced players that have also been producing at a high level this spring. Those players include left tackle Andy Jomanatas and the three leading running backs.

"Andy Jomantas is doing a really good job. He's playing left tackle and I'm at left guard. He plays really physically. We're both from the same city, so we both have great chemistry of the left side," Thuney said. "I always love watching the three running backs run – [Tony] Creecy, Shadrach [Thornton], and [Matt] Dayes, too. They've been hitting holes hard and running guys over, so that's always fun to block for."

Moving forward, Joe Thuney and the rest of the team know that in order to be great, that have to work at it every day, ever play. He and his fellow offensive linemen believe that the achievements needed to be great starts with them.

"We know what it takes as starters to succeed at the next level," he said. "We didn't have a great season last year, but we came back with a positive attitude that we can change that.

"That starts with the offensive line, we think, and we've got to set that tone for the rest of the team. If we can do that, then I think we can really be successful next year."

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