Samuels, Pack Ready To Bounce Back

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State junior tight end Jaylen Samuels believes the team can continue to improve and move past last week's loss.

While Jaylen Samuels is disappointed with the loss at East Carolina, he believes the Wolfpack can quickly move past the loss.  That begins with practicing harder during the course of the week.

"Last Tuesday we didn't do as good as today, but today we came out... people were more focused and making the plays that came to us," said Samuels.  "That's pretty good.  I mean, you know we just got to give a little bit more. We didn't do as much as we needed for a victory last week so we just got to put that effort in and have everybody take practice seriously.

"Hopefully we get this 'W' on Saturday."

It's obvious that Samuels wants to help right the ship, and that means being even more of a leader.

"I'm not really a vocal leader but I try to lead by example," he said.  "You know, I try to come out here and give it my all, give it 100% and go hard every play and take practice more seriously. Take every rep seriously and get stuff done."

NC State's offense averaged nearly 8 yards per play in the loss at East Carolina, but the unit also had five drives end inside East Carolina's 30-yard line that resulted in a total of three points.  When you lose by just three points, it's natural to reflect on the missed opportunities.

"I think we did pretty good," said Samuels.  "We had a couple plays that we left out on the field that we could have made. Myself, I could have made a couple plays to change the game but it happens in football and you just got to bounce back. Come back next week, that's all you can do."

Next up is Old Dominion, a team NC State faced in 2014 and 2015.  Last season Samuels totaled five catches for 43 yards and two touchdowns in the Wolfpack's 38-14 win over the Monarchs.  

What are his impressions of this year's squad?

"I watched a little bit of film," Samuels said of Old Dominion.  "They look like the same players from last year. They got a couple new guys but the same skills, same coaches, same everything so we're going to take the game back for ourselves and make it work."

Through two games Samuels leads NC State with ten receptions and four touchdowns.

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