Camp Amato: Davis Named the Starting Quarterback

<B>Raleigh, NC --</b> Wolfpack Head Coach Chuck Amato ended today's practice with the piece of news most Wolfpack fans have been waiting for.

Davis Named Starting Quarterback

In a rather brief conversation with the media following today's practice, NC State Head Coach Chuck Amato named Jay Davis the Wolfpack's starting quarterback.

"We have two outstanding quarterbacks on this football team," Amato said. "Jay Davis is now the starting quarterback, and I don't want to hear anything more about it after today. It's no different now than any other position."

Davis, a red-shirt junior from Clearwater, Florida, will now receive the reps with the first-team offense and start preparing to face Richmond on September 4th.

He admitted that it was a big relief that the decision has now been made.

"Now this part is over, and it's time to start focusing on the season," Davis said. "Anything can still happen, but they picked the number one and we're going to go with it for now and see where that leads us."

Davis played in just one game last season, completing 9-of-10 passes for 89 yards and 1 touchdown against Western Carolina.

Although he had limited game experience, it's still more than red-shirt freshman Marcus Stone has received, and that knowledge of the offense and experience may have been the deciding factor in Amato's decision.

"Since Philip left I've said to myself that I've got to learn every corner of this offense, and that's what I've tried to do," Davis said.

"Right now I'm a little relieved, and I'm just real excited to get the season going," he added.

Junior wide receiver Brian Clark feels the staff made the decision they felt was best and he's behind them all the way.

"I trust the staff," Clark said. "Both of those guys were competing and maybe the coaches saw something that seperated the two. I'm excited that now we know the starter, and we can focus on what needs to be done to beat Richmond."

Stone, who will now work with the second-team offense during game week, feels that he will continue learning and if he's given the chance to play he will be ready.

"Basically they told me to keep learning, keep studying, [and] keep watching what's going on," Stone said. "That way when I get my chance on the field I'll be ready."

"There's a little frustration but I'm not too upset," he added. "I said early that it's Coach Amato's decision, and we're going to go by it. I feel that he made the right one, and I'm just going to keep working. If I get that chance I'll be ready."

Parting Shots
Wolfpack tight end T.J. Williams participated in full contact drills today for the first time since shoulder surgery in April. The 2003 honorable mention All-ACC selection is fully healed... Sophomore running back Reggie Davis was back today from a hamstring injury, but junior tailback T.A. McLendon did not practice. McLendon worked out on Monday but was unable to go today... Amato said there are no other injuries to report.

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