Doeren: "It's A Grind"

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

Dave Doeren

I think it was a joke last night, on your radio show about the schedule. Is that what it was intended to be?
[Laughing] Oh yeah.

Is there a way to make it a more fair process?
I don't know. I mean, it's a radio show.

We're allowed to laugh and have fun.

I mean the schedule... is there a way to make it more...
I don't know. Like I said, we've got to play them as they give them to us.

What does Boston College do that makes them so effective in the run game?
They know what they are.

They don't have a bunch of great skill players... they do have a new kid that is really playing fast for them, No. 6.

But, I think he knows what he is, and they know what they are. They want to run power, they want to run counter, and they've got a lot of big, strong kids. They kind of use their personnel, and now he has a quarterback that is a great runner.

They've incorporated last year's two-back run game into the one-back run game. I think anytime you're a team that does what you're capable of doing with your personnel says a lot about what you're doing schematically.

I have a lot of respect for them.

Some of the breakdowns on the offensive line against Clemson, have you identified those?
Some of them were [missed assignments], and some of them were them beating us. There were times where we got beat. They're a good defensive line, and they lead the nation in tackles for loss for a reason.

There were other times where we needed to protect it a certain way, and we just didn't handle their pressure the right way.

I hope we have [fixed them]. I know we worked extremely hard this week on our blitz pickups.

We haven't seen Jacoby [Brissett] play poorly yet... your confidence in him being able to bounce back?
[Laughing] I'm very confident. Nobody is more disappointed about not playing to his ability than him.

He had some days in the spring where he had bad days, and he bounced back. He's ultra-competitive. I know he's had a good week of preparation, and he's excited.

Do you sense this stretch of games you've had has taken a toll on your team physically?
Well, I think anytime you get into this point of the season without a bye week, particularly for us, we've got so many young kids, it's a grind now.

You're talking about all of the school, all of the tutoring, all of the games, the rehab. It's a grind mentally, and a lot of kids have never been through this grind. It's a lot on them.

So, I think anybody that has played this many without a bye is going through the rigors of not just depth changes because of injury, but just the fatigue that's involved with it.

You guys had high expectations for B.J. Hill, and he was a bright spot against Clemson. Was that just him finally putting it all together?
It's a process for those guys, and I think he seized an opportunity because Monty [Nelson] was out. We were hoping Monty would be able to go, and he just couldn't get loose.

B.J. took an opportunity and did something with it. I was proud of him for that.

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