PACK PRIDE Q&A: Bra'lon Cherry

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Pack Pride checks in with NC State junior wide receiver Bra'lon Cherry as he prepares to face rival North Carolina.

You seem to be playing a lot faster this year.  Have you noticed that?
I would say the experience has a lot to do with it.  I'm just trying to help out and do what I can to help the team win.

You can see it with a young guy like Nyheim too.  Does it reach a point where you're just playing like in high school?
Definitely. The big thing is experience and it's a trickle-down effect. Nyheim sees that we know what he's doing and he understands it too. He learns from us.

Talk about the strides you've made as a punt returner.
I set a goal for myself to really do a lot better this year as a punt returner.

My freshman year I was back there with Rashard Smith and he was a great returner. I learned a lot from him.  Last year I played punt return a little bit but not as much. 

I knew I was back up this year and told myself I was going to work at it and do what I can to help the team.

What goes into your decision to return a punt?  You've been really aggressive this year, a lot less fair-catches.
First off I look at the film and see where he kicks it most of the time. After he kicks it I'll see how the ball is coming... left or right, is it a line-drive? Pretty much I'll count and see if there's enough time for me to get it and go or fair catch it and take what we've got.

Do you feel you have more freedom to take more chances now that you're more successful? Last year there seemed like a lot more fair catches than this season.
I'd say last year we didn't have too much confidence on the punt return team, but this year everybody is trying to make a big play because they know we can do it. We can make a big change in field position.

What does this game against North Carolina mean to you?
It's a big rivalry between the two.  It's the next game, so we're trying to get the W.

Do you put more on this game than others?
A game is a game, but it has a little more than every other game, but we're just trying to come out on top.

What do you think of North Carolina's secondary?
They are pretty good.  We can work with them.

What stood out to you about last year's game?
Winning.  Just winning... we got a big win, that's all that matters.

It felt good... relief.  We could brag for 365 days.

Is this an opportunity to raise the bar again?
Yes, last year we went 7-5 and this year we can go 8-4.

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