Dayes: "It Gives Us A Lot Of Confidence"

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State senior tailback Matt Dayes discusses the upcoming game against Miami.

PRESS CONFERENCE: Matt Dayes (mp3 File)

You've had these last couple of games that have not been ... I guess, you been carrying around a losing streak and trying to get past some of the ... Is there a feeling of weight off your shoulders, I guess, in the sense of you guys won a game? How do you feel about it?
Breaking the losing streak and finally getting a win definitely takes a lot off your shoulders and stuff, so it gives us a lot of confidence going into next week.

It always feels like the guys who don't redshirt, their careers go a little faster. Is it sink it, yet, that this is your last home game?
I don't think it sinks in. It just feels like another game to me.

Could there be tears on Saturday?
No.

You're on record. There won't be any tears?
I can't promise that, but I don't know.

How much do you guys talk about bowl eligibility, that goal that's within reach this week?
It's not much talk about it. We obviously want to go to a bowl game, but like B.J> said we trying to go 1-0 each week, so that's the main focus right now.

If you get 61 yards, will you call Thuney, Schooley and some of your guys last year?
I'm pretty sure they'll call me up.

They'll call you?
Yeah. They'll probably be upset. They probably ... They won't be upset, but they'll be happy but upset that they didn't get it last year.

I was going to say I know it meant so much to you to try to do it last year. I know you're not there yet, but to be closing in on it and have the season that you've had so far, I'm sure has met some of your own personal goals.
Yeah. Obviously, we all want to get that 1,000 yards especially for the O-line. They did a heck of a job this season. It'd be great to get it.

Is there any sentimentality to play in Miami? I don't know how much you followed them growing up. I know you're from Florida, not South Florida and also it's your last home game, as well, to have the Canes in town.
I am actually from South Florida.

Oh, I'm sorry.
There's no sentimental thing about this game for me. I got a lot of family coming to this game, and that's the most important thing for me is trying to be able to perform for them since it's my last home game they will be able to see me.

What did you make of your new role as wildcat quarterback?
I love it. I did it a little better last year and the year before. I don't know. I think it's just fun being able to just catch the ball and go ahead and take off.

I'm going to go back to the bowl eligibility question because I wasn't set up, and also you said you take it one game at a time. Come on, there's got to be some sort of pressure on your guy's shoulder to be able to win that one more game to make a bowl?
There is pressure ou there, but I don't ... No one's really talking about it that much. I guess, that's a good thing. We're going each game thinking 1-0 like B.J> said so that's the main point.

You say everyone else isn't talking about it, but do you have thoughts about it?
Oh, yeah. I want to go to a bowl game big-time.

How much does it mean to you to be team captain?
It's a great feeling. It was voted on by my peers. Like Cole said, there's no better thing to get voted by your peers for that so that's the best thing you can get as a football player, being a team captain.

You say there's no sentimental occurrence with playing Miami. Growing up, a lot of us remember Miami as the U that had this aura. Are you all young enough, even being from South Florida, are you all young enough to not really associate Miami with that dominate U style?
Honestly, I really don't know. I didn't really follow Miami that much, so I don't know.

Was the wildcat to combat some of your, as a team, problems in the red zone?
I don't know. That's something you got to ask the coaches. I don't know.


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