NC State wideout Nyheim Hines talks about the upcoming bowl game with the media.
PP: Did you ever watch NC State play in a bowl game?
Hines: Yes sir, I saw the Music City Bowl, the bowl against Louisville. The ones in 2012 and 2013.
PP: Do you remember the last time they were in the Belk Bowl? Were you at that bowl?
Hines: When they beat Louisville? I saw a little bit of it. I remember it.
PP: How neat is it to be following State all these years and now you're playing in a bowl game?
Hines: It's great. It's really remarkable. I know some of the guys on the team like Barr, some of the linemen, they remember going to it. They told me it was a great experience. I'm excited to be in it. To represent the team you grew up following in a bowl. It's just a dream come true. There's nothing else I can say about it.
PP: How much do the extra bowl practices help?
Hines: It's great. People like me who didn't come in early we're getting more development, getting a lot more technique with our skill and craft.
PP: What ways are you being used in practice?
Hines: I'm running a lot of running back and receiver so I'm really happy about that.
PP: Does making a bowl help recruiting?
Hines: Yes sir. Last year we played against a really good UCF team and we beat them, and this year we're playing a great SEC team. It's all about winning out and a beating a great team like Mississippi State
PP: What's it like to have a bowl game against a SEC team?
Hines: It's great. It's supposedly the best conference in college football. Everybody watches those games, primetime games. Everybody loves watching Alabama, Auburn, Mississippi State, LSU... it's great to play against them.
PP: How well do you think you did athletically and academically in your first semester?
Hines: Room for improvement in both. I'm learning a lot on the fly, taking advice from the older guys and coaches. Those guys are really helping me through this semester.
PP: Is it great to have the semester over so you are now just focused on football?
Hines: Yes sir. It's nothing but football. We're relaxing and getting a lot of rest. We're all really excited about it.
PP: Do you think NC State will have a nice support base in Charlotte?
Hines: Yes sir. I've heard we've already sold out our side and are looking for more tickets. I can't wait to see all the people in Red there.
PP: How much are you looking forward to the experience?
Hines: I can't wait. I don't know how we got a bowl in our state, but everybody from here is coming. All of my family is coming. I know some of the gifts we're getting and it's great to be there.
PP: In the past they've let them ride in cars around the track [at the Charlotte Speedway]. Would you like to do it?
Hines: I don't know about driving... I'd like to, but I wouldn't go that fast.