Brissett Excited About The Offense

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State quarterback Jacoby Brissett was all smiles after the Wolfpack's first practice of the spring.

He certainly seems pleased with the talent around him.

"We have a lot of new pieces to the puzzle," Jacoby Brissett said. "It's going to be something special with all the players and all the weapons we have on offense."

Not only does NC State have back Brissett, who will be entering his senior campaign, the Pack also returns the top two tailbacks, tight ends David Grinnage and Jaylen Samuels, and wideouts like Bra'lon Cherry and Johnathan Alston.

Obviously, it all starts with the signal-caller.

"I'm not going to say I have to pull it along, but it's going to be a collective effort," said Brissett. "Being the quarterback and being the more-experienced [player] in that section, it's going to benefit us, but those players are ready to play. They are coming out and playing well."

Brissett is confident in the talent around him and truly believes NC State's offense can take the next step in 2015. However, they need to make sure their remains one common goal.

"There is one ball on the offense, and I control whoever gets the ball," he said. "Whatever goes from there, we just make sure that everybody understands that at the end of the day we win. That's all that really matters."

This is a big spring for Brissett and the rest of the offense. The majority of the players have been on campus for multiple years and because of that experience practice is moving along more smoothly.

"We're more ahead than I thought we'd be from every standpoint," he said. "You know a lot more and you see things a lot faster. It seems like everything fits together."

Watching practice, you sense NC State is a confident team... as they should be. The Pack won five more games in 2014 than they did in 2013, including four-of-five to end the season.

"It's still here," Brissett said of the team's excitement. "I don't think that's going to go away for a long time. We have our mindset for our goals."

A major role in the Pack's late-season run was Brissett's ability to make plays on the ground. The expectation is that he will be used more as a runner this season because of the development of redshirt freshman quarterback Jalan McClendon, Brissett's backup.

How is McClendon doing?

"Jalan is doing well," said Brissett. "The first day he came out and slung it pretty good. He's learning everything, and we talk every time we get an opportunity to.

"He's willing to learn. He's going to be a great talent here in the next couple of years."

Regardless of State's improvements, you can expect them to be picked behind, at least, Clemson and Florida State in the Atlantic Division race.

That doesn't concern Brissett.

"We'll see when the season rolls around," he said. "Whatever happens, happens. They'll see us coming."

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