Thuney: "It's Been A Blast"

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- NC State senior tackle Joe Thuney discusses the upcoming Belk Bowl.

“We haven’t been playing anyone except our own team, hitting our scout team and our defense for a month. So we’re looking forward to hitting someone besides ourselves. It’s a long time coming and it’s going to kind of bittersweet. It’s my last college game, but I’m glad to end it out in North Carolina though in Charlotte. Hopefully, we’ll have a great home crowd. I hear we sold out. There’s a lot of emotions going into it and a lot of excitement.”

“It’s been a blast. Charlotte’s a great city. I remember a little bit from my true freshman year, five years ago, when we played Louisville. It just reminded me it’s a great city. It’s so fun. The speedway was a blast, and we visited a hospital for the children, so just the overall experience was great. We’re just looking forward to the game now.”

“I think it’s just about the game. There’s no animosity or anything. It’s just two great teams going against each other, both trying to finish their seasons strong on a high note, and that’s what it comes down to.”

“It’s truly an honor. I was never expecting it. I didn’t go into my senior year expecting to be named that, but I think it’s a testament to my teammates on the offense. It’s more of a group award than an individual award. It takes 11 people to run a successful offense, not just one. So it’s truly an honor, and I’m humbled by it and very thankful.”

“Enormous amounts [of gratitude]. The nutritionist, strength staff, position coaches, head coaches, administration, everyone. It takes a village. I transformed from my freshman year to this year, and I couldn’t be happier.”

“I definitely think so. It’s definitely in the skill and talents of the players. The strength staff is doing a great job developing strong and tough players. Just the whole combination is the right combination for the players to come into, and I think the future is bright at NC State.”

“Just thanks for everything and I just hope they know I gave my all. Everyday I came into work and tried to get better for the team and Raleigh. I bleed red and white, and I’ll forever be part of Wolfpack Nation. Thank you so much for all the memories.”

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