Cherry Focused On Winning

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State sophomore Bra'lon Cherry has lined up all over the field at multiple positions this season for the Wolfpack.

NC State sophomore Bra'lon Cherry has lined up all over the field at multiple positions this season for the Wolfpack.

He started out the year as the primary punt returner and playing slot receiver, and against Syracuse the Wolfpack coaches slid him out from the slot. He has ran vertical routes, bubble screens, and also taken handoffs on jet sweeps.

"I'm just trying to do whatever they need me to do to help us win," said Cherry.

He was the Pack's leading receiver in Saturday's win over Syracuse, totaling four catches for 64 yards. He also added a 3-yard run, accounting for over a third of the Pack's receiving production.

Cherry, an in-state standout from New Bern High School, doesn't seem concerned with his statistical numbers. He knows defeating Syracuse was huge for the program.

"It was a big win," he said. "We haven't had [an ACC win] since I think 2012, so it was a big win. It got our confidence level up."

The offense wasn't overly productive in the win, and the defense actually played a larger role, generating a touchdown while recording eight sacks.

"It was good to know they've got our backs and we've got theirs," stated Cherry.

He added that the confidence has carried over to this week of practice.

"Everybody is feeling great. We had a good practice, and we're building off of it."

Next up for the Wolfpack (5-4) is a matchup with Georgia Tech (7-2). The Yellow Jackets feature one of the nation's top offenses, but their defense has been suspect, ranking No. 78 in total defense and No. 84 in passing defense.

"They have some pretty good corners," Cherry said. "We have to compete and make plays."

This is a big game for NC State. The Wolfpack is one win away from becoming bowl eligible, and a victory over Georgia Tech would be even bigger than Saturday's victory at Syracuse.

"We're just trying to get to a bowl game," stated Cherry. "If I have to make plays to help the team, I'll do it... whatever I have to do.

"We're trying to win them all. We want to get to that bowl and whatever it takes, we'll do."


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