AUDIO: Doeren Talks Running Game

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

Dave Doeren

"A little bit depends on what Matt does playcalling-wise. There are certain plays I know Des likes certain guys."

"I know he's going to soak Matt in this game. He's going to get a lot of reps."

"We want to see what Dakwa can do. As the game goes and we're looking at Reggie's face, if we don't feel he's freaking out we would like to get him going too."

"He'll be in some special teams reps which will help him play before he has to carry the ball."

"Normally it would be different, when you have Matt and Shad, two guys you want to share the load with, it would be a little different than it will be in this game."

"It's happening in the NFL too. These guys take so many hits that are away from the football now in terms of protection, you don't want to be damaged goods when you're done playing."

"They all want the ball but also know they want to play for 'X' number of plays to make it through the season. Des does a good job with that."

"The ideal thing would be to [share it] and still have a 1,000-yard rusher at least. That's the goal. We'd love for those two guys to have 1,000 yards at the end of the year."

"They have to stay healthy to do that, but if they do, getting the number of touches that makes it happen."

"Last year we didn't have a backup that could run the offense the way that we could run it. We'd have to change dramatically if [Brissett] couldn't play, and we didn't want to do that... it was what our offense had to do to be good."

"At the end of the year, we were there. We had to do it to win, and we can run him a lot if we need to. I'm not going to say we're going to have 10 designed runs for him because he's going to run on his own some too."

"He's going to get hit because of his scrambling so we have to make sure we're smart about when we do it, why we do it, and how much we need to do it based on our tailbacks running ability."

"Jacoby is just going to do what you ask him to do as hard as he can do it. He doesn't care who the defensive coordinator is. If you call a play for him to run it he's going to run it."

"I'm not going to put bulletin board material up like that. You can, but I'm not."

"Everything we talk about in the process right now, it's the process of the game, going through the gameplan... envisioning the result. We believe that we control that result. We don't control a lot of things that happen during the course of the game, but we can control how we handle those things."

"We do. We have a tradition three minutes prior to the kick where we turn all the red lights on and the white lights out. Guys have three minutes of pure focus in there."


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