Drinkwitz: "It Will Work Itself Out"

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State offensive coordinator Eli Drinkwitz talks about fall practice.

How was it out here?
It's always good to get that first day under your belt... focus on all the improvements you've made and play fast.  

That was good.

Is Ryan Finley a guy they can lean on to learn?
Yeah, I think he does a good job. I think all the quarterbacks have done a really good job of understanding the offense.  Josh does a good job on the sidelines of making sure people are lined up and what the formation is.

I think it's all of them.

Are there expectations already or is it day-by-day?
It's a day-by-day process.

I'm not worried about anything other than now... going back and watching the film, making corrections, and getting ready for the walk-through.

You've been here a while, but this is for real now.
It's always for real.  Football is football. Whether I was the Alma Junior High coach or fortunate to be here, it's football.  You pour everything you have into it and you expect results.

That's what it is. I'm blessed to be at a great place like NC State, but it's always important, whether you're at Alma Junior High or here.

Did it just seem like another practice?
It's never another practice because it was the first day on this journey with this group of individuals.  It's new.   It's a new football team, and it's about our unit coming together... being tough and together.

With Joseph Scelfo, what does it mean to have somebody with that kind of experience coming in?
I wasn't worried about snaps today and that's the best thing. They did a great job snapping the ball, and he's done a really good job with that offensive line of being a leader.

We're very fortunate that he's here with us.

Where are you at with the quarterback battle?
It's day one so there will be competition. We had a meeting yesterday and we talked about what our goals are and what we're trying to get done... how the quarterback competition will be determined.

The journey is a thousand miles, but today was just a step in that process. No one is going to eliminate themselves on the first day. We're just taking it day-by-day.

That will be a question you all will ask everyday, and I don't get into it. It will work itself out.

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