Doeren: No Thuney This Week

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State head coach Dave Doeren met with the media to discuss the upcoming game.

Dave Doeren

Will guard Joe Thuney be back for Clemson?
Nope, he'll be back... we're hoping next week.

Is it still the illness with him?
Yeah. No, he feels good... he just had a deal where the doctor says it was a three-week recovery, and you've got to wait for the recovery I guess.

He feels good. We're just waiting for the virus to be gone. It's one of those deals.

How has Alex [Barr] performed on that side?
He's playing hard. You know, like any big guy, there's limitations to what he can and can't do, but you can't fault his effort.

Anytime you're 6-8 and you've got to be a knee-bender... I think when he gets fatigued at times, he plays too high.

He's really trying, and he's competing hard. He's a very intelligent guy who tries to play within the system and use technique.

What have you seen from the Clemson front seven this year?
They are the best front seven that we're going to play, without a doubt. They have the best pass rusher in college football in [Vic] Beasley, and all of the other guys are just playing so hard... their defensive tackles.

It's a challenge. Their linebackers are way better than what we played against last week. They're bigger, they play with their hands, they shed blocks, and they're very multiple.

It's going to be a really, really difficult challenge for our front, and then you're doing that on top of the crowd noise. This is going to be a challenge for our offensive unit, and I know they're excited.

We've practiced in loud noise everyday to get ready for that. We've just got to be able to get out there and get going with our tempo and all of the different things we do... the shifts. We're hoping we can get them where they're not set... play fast and go.

Does it help to have played the Florida State defense last week?
I'm sure it does. Our line saw the best d-tackle in college football last week, and maybe the [Lorenzo] Featherston kid, with the way he's playing at end, it gives you a chance to get ready for Beasley. Not that he's Beasley, but he's similar, a high-motor, long, lanky, quick-twitch guy.

You talked about [Jarvis] Byrd on Monday. Did he have some sort of setback or is he just not 100%?
No, we're just trying to use the strengths of our guys. Everyone knows that Josh Jones is a really rangy coverage player, and we've played a couple of teams where the slot receivers were guys that we were concerned about. Josh is a better coverage player.

You wish you could get [Byrd] in all of the time and flip it around, but you'll see Jarvis playing this week. He's had a good week of practice, and he'll be out there.

He had a good game against Clemson last year.
He sure did. He tackled really well.

Does it help to have played at South Florida on the road going into this game?
Well, it helps to have won on the road, but it's totally different. Clemson is the loudest stadium that we'll play in on the road probably... with all of the pageantry that goes with their games and things like that.

But, it helps to have gone on the road and played well... that's for sure.

We've changed our hotels up at times at home games just to get used to being in different places more... to help us. I'm hoping the way we've done helps the guys when we travel.

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