Brissett Looks To Rebound

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State junior quarterback Jacoby Brissett was brutally honest when asked to evaluate his play against Clemson.

NC State junior quarterback Jacoby Brissett was brutally honest when asked to evaluate his play against Clemson.

"I was awful," said Brissett. "Plain and simple. I just didn't play my best game. I didn't put us in the right situations to help us win."

In really his first bad game in a Wolfpack uniform, Brissett completed just 4-of-18 passes for 35 yards. Feeling the pressure from Clemson, he ended up rushing the ball 16 times for 14 yards.

However, that one performance won't overshadow how he's done all season... at least it won't for Boston College head coach Steve Addazio.

"Jacoby Brissett is a really talented guy, very hard to tackle," said Addazio. "He reminds me of Jameis Winston. He’s athletic; he’s got good feet and agility. He’s not a blazer, but he’s a strong runner. He does a great job staying alive and looking to make plays down field. I really am impressed with him.

"Brissett’s a hell of a player. He’s making a ton of plays and I have a ton of respect for him. I’ve watched him a lot; I’ve watched every snap. He’s pretty darn good."

For Brissett, the game gives him a chance to battle one of his good friends, Boston College quarterback Tyler Murphy. Like Brissett, Murphy started his career at Florida, but he chose to leave the program at the end of the 2013 season.

A dynamic playmaker, Murphy has thrown just three touchdowns and has six interceptions, but he's rushed for another six scorers and is second in the ACC in rushing (115.8 yards per game).

"He's great," Brissett said of Murphy. "He can run the ball, throw the ball. That's probably what gets overlooked a lot is his throwing ability because he runs the ball so well.

"He's a competitor. He's going to compete and play to win."

Defensively, the Eagles front is led by pass-rushing specialist Josh Keyes. A senior linebacker, Keyes has already totaled 7.5 tackles for a loss and three sacks.

"We're looking at him a lot," Brissett stated. "He's their leading tackler for a loss and in sacks. He's the guy they want to bring in on blitzes. He's a good player. He's going to come after you. He's going to try to disrupt the passing [game]."

Overall, the Eagles rank fourth in the ACC in total defense, as they are allowing just 304.2 yards per game. They are allowing just 20.4 points per game and held USC to just 20 yards rushing in their win over the Trojans last month.

"They did beat a top 10 team and have athletes around the field," Brissett said. "They are a sound defense, and they play as one group.

"They are similar to Clemson, and they've seen us on film... what we've had troubles with. That's what every team is going to do. They are going to gameplan and try to exploit those things again. We just have to be better on Saturday and try to fix those mistakes.

Like with the rest of the team, Brissett is looking to put the Clemson debacle behind him.

"We can't play like we played Saturday," he said. "We have to play like we did up to that point and just get over it."

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