Cook: "It's Obviously A Big Opportunity"

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State junior tight end Cole Cook met with the media to discuss the upcoming game against Notre Dame.

Thoughts on Notre Dame game...
As a football fan growing up, you know about Notre Dame, you see Notre Dame... we're excited to play this game, I'm excited to play it, but it's a big game because it's the next game.

We're focused on ourselves and making sure we execute our plan. We're excited to play.

Thoughts on Notre Dame changing defensive coordinators...
Anytime you have defensive coaching changes... we just have to prepare the best we can for what they've shown.

If they do something different we'll have to adjust to it, but we're going to prepare the best we can like we do every week. We plan to go out and play well.

What specifically do you see from their defense that you can succeed against?
There's always going to be that are better and looks that aren't as good... certain plays work well against certain defenses and others don't. 

We'll watch the film and see what we like and what we don't like, and then the coaches will make us a good plan from there.

We'll go out and execute it.

What does Notre Dame have that you like?
I'm going to go up there and watch film right after this and we'll talk it over. We'll prepare like we do every week. We'll figure it out.

As an offense, what can you take away from the win and build on Saturday?
I think we took some good steps. I thought the drive in the fourth quarter and holding the ball was really big for us. I thought we took control of the game by doing that.

I was proud of our o-line and the way we pushed through adversity with all the penalties... we could have prevented those, but I'm glad we didn't let us get distracted from what we needed to do.

How big of an opportunity is this for a team that likes to play a one-game season every week?
It's obviously a big opportunity. Notre Dame is a big name in college football and we're excited to play them.  Anytime we can go out on national TV like that and play, it's a great opportunity to showcase what we can do.

Our mentality is 1-0. We look at it as a big game because it's the next game. We just want to play as well as we can.


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