NOTEBOOK: Pratt Could Redshirt

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Dave Doeren touched on a variety of topics on Thursday, ranging from Germaine Pratt's potential redshirt to how Johnny Frasier is progressing.

One of the players not currently practicing at NC State is junior Germaine Pratt, and according to Dave Doeren, he could potentially redshirt this season.

"He had his shoulder operated on at the end of the spring, and we're doing everything we can do to get him ready. He can redshirt obviously, and we have that opportunity. We'll take it day by day. [Redshirting] would be an opportunity for Germaine, obviously moving positions too if that's the direction we want to go.  He can spend a lot of time getting his body to where he wants to.

"It's a part of the game, when yo have to do a repair like he had... similar to what Sean Paul and Stephen Louis had to go through."

Pratt has spent his first two seasons at safety, and because he played as a true freshman he still has a redshirting year available. Pratt, who is listed at 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds, is listed as a linebacker on the Wolfpack's official website.  Doeren believes that position would enable him to utilize all his physical gifts.

"Obviously his size, but his football IQ is incredible," Doeren said of Pratt.  "He wants to be a coach when he's done playing, and he has that kind of love for the game. He studies film, offense, defense, and special teams, and a linebacker has to be that kind of person. They are really involved in the scheme.

"He can see things before they happen sometimes... using what he does on film study. I'm really excited about him when he's back.  We'll see."

Pratt totaled 32 tackles, three forced fumbles, and 1.5 tackles for a loss in 13 games last season.

Frasier Is Improving
Highly-regarded tailback Johnny Frasier redshirted last season, and he continues to try and work his way up the depth chart at tailback.

"He's got better," said Doeren.  "Day four, he's been out here everyday and gone through every drill.  He's more focused.  You can see that his mind is where you want it to be.  He's getting better.

"When we get to the live situations, that's when we'll see if he runs through some people like he did in the spring.  It's been the best four days straight that he's had.

Frasier enrolled in 2015 with high expectations and it surprised some when he was redshirted.  He picked the Wolfpack over several national powers and that has likely put some pressure on the talented back.

"I think any kid that is put up there on a pedestal like he was from a small town... everybody in that town has probably told him how great he was for however many years," said Doeren.  "When you get here you expect it to be immediate and that's not always the case.  Is it fair or unfair? I don't know, but it's definitely real."

NC State has Matthew Dayes entrenched as the starter at tailback and Frasier is competing with Reggie Gallaspy and Dakwa Nichols for reps behind the summer.  What does Frasier bring to the table?

"He and Reggie are similar in size, bu he has a lot of speed," said Doeren.  "He is a 4.5 guy. The big thing for him is playing fast.  He is a fast person, but sometimes when you're thinking things through it's not fast on the field.  So getting to where he's not doing that anymore.  It's going to be a work-in-progress, but it's coming."

Parting Shots
According to Doeren, three true freshmen are turning heads with their play.

"There's been several guys," he said.  "Nick McCloud has had four good days in a row at corner.  Isaiah Stallings has really done a nice job... very rangy kid.  Kelvin Harmon has made a few catches. Those would be the three that jump out."

* Keep an eye out for redshirt freshman defensive end James Smith-Williams, who is generating some buzz.  

"He's gained 50 pounds since he's got here and he still runs in the 4.5's.  I'd love to see that happen.  He's a tremendous guy. Everyone loves being around him.  He's such a good teammate."

* Sophomore tailback Reggie Gallaspy will be working for carries this year, and he started to come on late last season.  However, int he spring he didn't play so he's still learning the new system.

"Reggie is a thinker," said Doeren.  "He's a pleaser, and he wants to do everything right. Early on he was learning the system, and he missed most of the spring because of his foot.  Once it clicks for Reggie where he wasn't thinking anymore and was just playing you got to see who he was."

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