Drinkwitz: "There Are No Excuses"

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State offensive coordinator Eli Drinkwitz meets with the media following spring practice.

How challenging has it been with the offensive line mixing and matching?
We had a meeting a couple of weeks ago and at the end of the day there is no excuses.  No one counts excuses, and no one wants to hear about them.  There are no excuses.

Whoever is here and ready to play, that's who we are going to compete with and that's our mindset. Challenging our whatever, there's no excuses.

Eleven people are going to play versus William & Mary and everyone of our opponents. We don't make excuses or talk about that stuff. We just go out there and expect whoever is on the field to execute their assignment. As coaches, it's our job to make sure our players execute those assignments.

That's really all I'm going to say about that.

What do you take from what you did with Brett Rypien last year?
Everything... you take your past experiences because that's what makes you who you are... you look back at things you did in the past.

Brett was unique. He's very smart, very intelligent... he had a lot of great quarterback qualities. You look back on those experiences and you try to apply a lot of it because obviously it worked in a successful way for us.

Jalan McClendon grew up a huge Cam Newton fan.  Have you shared any Cam Newton stories with him?
We've watched a little tape on Cam Newton. I've noticed he wears No.2.  I'm not sure he's as fast as No. 2.

Does he have any of the same mannerisms on the field as Cam?
Yeah, I saw him dancing just a second during practice, during the music, and I went over there and ripped him like coach Malzahn used to when Cam was dorking around, not paying attention.  I've noticed that.

I don't know. I'm so focused on him just trying to execute base plays. I haven't got into comparisons too much.

How is his confidence out there?
You need to have confidence in your own abilities, but it can't be so tied in to where it's egotistical and you're not humble enough to be coached. That hasn't been his approach at all. He's very coachable.

His confidence has grown from day one to day twelve because he's understanding the offense. He's understanding where he's supposed to go with the ball. It's now to the point where he understands the mistake before I start yelling at him, which is good. That's an improvement.

The goal is, we've got the offense in, and we'll all be able to come back in and look at it and learn from it this spring, re-install it this summer, and learn from that... in fall camp get it one more time and be ready to kickoff against William & Mary.

How has Jakobi pushed Jalan?
He's been pushing him every single day.  We just finished the moving ball period with a touchdown, which was an incredible play by him. He just has to continue to prepare himself and understand the offense.

I've told all these guys that I've been through this several times. This spring isn't about who's trying to win and lose the job, it's about who is understanding the offense and can play within the system. Then we'll make determinations from there.

Jalan said you have a 70-yard throw in the playbook.
Last time I checked... I'm not even going to say that.  We'll see.

Anyone on the offensive line stood out to you and how are they doing? Are you confident they are going to allow you to do what you want to do?
Yes, I'm confident in Dwayne Ledford.  I have 100% faith in coach Ledford. I know his track record in coaching and I understand he knows what it takes to get it done, and get it done at a high level.

We've got a lot of players in there, a lot of guys that can really play. Garrett Bradbury has really done a nice job for us filling some holes and playing with a lot of toughness. I'm excited about him.

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