Pack Pride's Top Performer: Jacoby Brissett

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Each week we'll profile a player of the game, and Jacoby Brissett takes home the honor against Georgia Southern.

The hype of Jacoby Brissett began in earnest during the 2013 season.

NC State, struggling through a 3-9 campaign, finished the year with eight straight losses and lacked consistent production, leadership, and playmaking at the quarterback position.

Brissett started slow in his first start for the Wolfpack, totaling just 78 passing yards in the opening half, and that included an interception.

However, head coach Dave Doeren's confidence in Brissett never wavered.

"All quarterbacks throw picks," Doeren said. "He threw his first pick, and I came over and congratulated him on throwing his pick. He just looked at me and smiled."

"My adrenaline was pumping a little bit too much," said Brissett.

His final stat-line was very good, as he finished 28-of-40 for 291 yards with three touchdowns and an interception, but even more encouraging for NC State was his play in the fourth quarter.

"I could look into Jacoby's eyes and tell that he wanted it," said tailback Shadrach Thornton. "I could tell that Jacoby Brissett was going to get the ball and drive us down the field, and he did."

With NC State trailing by two scores for much of the quarter, Brissett consistently moved the ball through the air, completing 14-of-16 passes for 131 yards and two touchdowns on the Wolfpack’s final two drives.

"He got in a rhythm and the receivers caught the ball for him," said Doeren. "Jacoby just threw the ball to the right people and they did their jobs afterwards."

"The playmakers made plays towards the end," Brissett added. "That is what we have been stressing over the summer. I wanted to win.

"I remember going out in that huddle and they told me ‘Jacoby, we have got your back’ and that is all it took. I probably didn’t get touched one time on that last drive."

"Obviously, we didn’t want to be down at the half," he added. "We did not come out and have the start that we wanted to but we played, like coach said, a great second half. That is what it is all about... just finishing. I forgot about the first half. I came out with the mentality that we just needed to go out and win the game. We did what we came out and wanted to do.

"We just finished and persevered. That’s what it is all about."

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