Trusting Your Eyes

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Freshman safety Josh Jones missed the game against Louisville due to a suspension, but he responded by playing the most snaps for the Wolfpack in the win over Syracuse.

Freshman safety Josh Jones missed the game against Louisville due to a suspension, but he responded by playing the most snaps for the Wolfpack and making the game-clinching interception in the win over Syracuse.

"It was good coming back," said Jones. "I felt fresh. I feel like I didn't make enough plays, but I was real happy to get that pick at the end.

"To be able to come back and help my team to the victory... the week I came back we got a win. That was exciting, a blessing."

Jones and the rest of the defense were huge in the victory. They recorded three takeaways and eight sacks in a disruptive performance.

"The defense stepped up that game," said Jones. "We had to though because the weeks' before I think the defense didn't bring it. In the Syracuse game, we played the way we're capable of. It was a physical game, and we did what we had to do to win the game."

This week's challenge will be even tougher for the Wolfpack defense. Georgia Tech comes to Raleigh with the top offense in the ACC. Tech's triple-option attack averages a league-best 473 yards per game.

"We have to play assignment football," said Jones. "It's going to come down to reading our keys, trusting our eyes and our footwork. Our eyes are going to be big in this game. We have to be able to see and read what's happening with the football.

The Yellow Jacket offense is led by talented quarterback Justin Thomas, who ranks fifth in the ACC in rushing and has thrown 14 touchdowns with just four interceptions.

"He runs the system well," Jones said of Thomas. "He's a good runner and he passes the ball really well too. They lull you to sleep with the run and it opens up the play-action pass. They have two big, fast receivers, and our job is to stop the run and defend the play-action pass.

"Really, I feel like those are the main keys... if we can stop the run and defend the play-action pass we'll have a good chance at winning this game."


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