After yesterday's practice was labeled "good" by Wolfpack Head Coach Chuck Amato, he gave a different opinion of today's workout to the media this evening.
"It was terrible," Amato said. "Dropped passes, penalties, missed assignments... you can't beat anybody with that stuff. It wasn't very good."
When asked how those mistakes can be corrected, Amato's answer was a simple one.
"Just keep working," he said. "We've got to teach them, we've got to coach them, we've got to do a better job. Making all of these mistakes... maybe it's too complicated or we're poor teachers. Maybe they aren't very intense or disciplined, and the word 'discpline' is our word for the year."
"Maybe it's the mere fact that school's started and it was a lot hotter today than the last thirteen practices," Amato added. "But that's no excuse."
It was noticeably hotter this evening, and after practicing the past two weeks under cooler temperatures and at times rainy conditions, maybe the players gave in to the first true workout in extreme heat this fall.
"They gave in... some of them," Amato said. "Heck, we want to use it as an ally when people play here early in the year and aren't used to the heat and humidity. We need every advantage that we can have."
NC State's next practice will be tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 p.m. and there will be a morning kicking scrimmage and afternoon full squad scrimmage on Saturday.
Jacksonville to Host ACC Championship
It was announced today by the Atlantic Coast Conference that the city of Jacksonville, Florida had been selected to host the ACC Championship game. Several cities, including Charlotte, North Carolina, campaigned for the game but Jacksonville was chosen.
"I'm sure all of those cities that were in the running presented some great reasons why it should be there," Amato said. "But what [Jacksonville] did with the Gator Bowl stadium and what that city does behind those kind of events, it certainly makes for something very, very positive."
Jacksonville will host the inaugural championship game December 3, 2005 at Alltel Stadium with kickoff scheduled for 1:00 PM. The game will be televised on ABC.
The city will host the game in 2005 and 2006 with a two-year option for 2007 and 2008. Both the Big 12 and Southeastern Conference have championship games with the Big 12 moving the game to different cities each year and the Southeastern Conference keeping their game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta, Georgia.
"You can look at it both [ways]," Amato said. "Because of it being in one spot [in the SEC], it's become bigger and bigger and bigger every year, as opposed to moving it around. It's because the same people are running it year in and year out and not changing it. Let's get by the first two years and see what happens."
Hall Named to Walter Camp List
NC State wide receiver Tramain Hall was named to the Walter Camp watch list today, and certainly deserves all the recognition according to his head coach.
"Well you know what, he deserves it," Amato said. "It's so funny that from what I understand he got the media's attention down there in Greensboro a couple of weeks ago, but if you check his stats from last year he had a pretty salty year. And didn't make anything... kind of went unnoticed really."
"That's good for him," Amato added. "That youngster is one of those special people because of what he went through. He could have left here and been eligible somewhere. He could have gone to Southern Cal, he could have to gone Miami, he could have gone to Tennessee... they all recruited him again and he decided to come back to Raleigh. It just shows you what it means when a young man wants to be at your school."
Hall, a redshirt junior from Deerfield Beach, finished with 69 receptions and 1,303 all-purpose yards while adding seven touchdown receptions and returned two punts for touchdowns. Although he had one of the most productive seasons in school history, Hall wasn't selected for any of the ACC postseason honors.
Defensive Tackle Position Coming Along
Wolfpack defensive line coach Todd Stroud has been pleased with the effort of his players along the defensive front. At defensive tackle, there's a battle ensuing for the starting job at right tackle.
"We've got some candidates at the defensive tackle position," Stroud said. "Dwayne Herndon and Tank Tyler are battling it out for the starting role at right tackle. It's an either/or type deal where one of those guys will start and the other will backup."
On the opposite side, returning star John McCargo has locked up the starting position and a freshman has made a push up the depth charts and cracked the two-deep.
"John McCargo is starting at left tackle right now and playing very well for us," he added. "Behind him we've got a true freshman named DeMario Pressley, and he's really coming along. He's making progress and doing some good things. He's hitting the wall too right now, which is normal for a freshman during a camp setting. He'll be a guy in there that will give us some depth and have a chance to play some this year."
Red-shirt freshman Martrel Brown could figure into the mix, but has been moved to defensive end. Look for Brown to add depth at all four positions along the defensive line this season.