AUDIO + QUOTES: Dave Doeren

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State head coach Dave Doeren met with the media following this morning's practice.

Dave Doeren

Opening Statement:
It was good to see all the guys. In the beautiful weather, get out here in the sunshine.

I thought the practice was a little sloppy. The intensity wasn't what it needed to be early but it got better as we went.

The first day in pads, some guys get overanxious and lose technique, so we have to get back to the basics and get more quality as opposed to the quantity out of the reps.

What are some things you want to emphasize before the spring game?
Just the daily improvement... position-by-position and player-by-player.

There's nothing in particular... we want to be better at everything obviously, but we're trying to look at it in small increments, with what can each guy do to improve his game.

Are some positions easier than others to evaluate in pads?
Oh yeah... linemen for sure. Really it's all across the board.

Who are some leaders for you right now?
Joe Thuney does a nice job with that up front. Jacoby is a great encourager. Benson Browne is as well.

Defensively, Hakim Jones is a guy that's very vocal... Jack Tocho. Mike Rose isn't going through drills, but he's probably our most vocal guy on our defensive front.

What goes through your mind with the news on Chris Borland?
I just loved watching him play so much. He's a very intelligent young man, and he's going to do what's best for his family and his future. The game was better because he played it.

I just enjoyed watching the spirit he played the game with. I wish him nothing but the best.

Because it's player safety does it really hit home when you see something like that?
It's definitely a unique case. I haven't talked to Chris, and I don't know what all went into it. It's a unique case and obviously something that's been in the forefront, his conversations for a while.

Every player that gets to the professional level has certain things to consider. There's a lot of things to think about. I think the longer you play any sport the more you're going to feel it.

You have to make some tough choices. Some guys make them one way, some guys make them another.


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