Press Conference: Chuck Amato Q&A

<B>Raleigh, N.C. --</b> NC State Head Coach Chuck Amato met with the media at his first official press conference of the season and here's a sampling of what he had to say. <P>

Can you talk about how Jay Davis has progressed throughout fall camp?

As I said the other day, we've got two outstanding quarterbacks on our football team, and I don't want to take anything away from what Marcus has done, is doing, and will do in the future. But, I think just the mere fact of experience Jay's had around this offense.

Jay has been around Philip for three years and he's absorbed an awful lot and he learned an awful lot from that. I think that's the edge. Jay has really taken control of the huddle, the presence, and we've been very, very impressed with the way he's handled the whole operation."

Can you address the updated depth chart with the freshmen running backs now listed as the starters? Have T.A. McLendon and Reggie Davis just missed too much time right now to get playing time against Richmond?

You can't make the team in the tub.

You told us Sunday that if T.A's healthy then he's the starter.

Well, obviously right now he's not. You can't make the team in the tub.

Is there still enough time for him to get back in practice and prove himself before the first game?

You've got to get out of the tub.

Could you talk about the job the freshmen tailbacks have done?

Well, in practice they've done an outstanding job. In practice... no people, no sportswriters, no media, no internet, no television cameras.

The thing I think that has impressed everybody is how fast they have absorbed the offense, terminology-wise. You can certainly get mixed up listening to a play call. I think that's the biggest thing. I think Dick Portee gets an awful lot of credit for that. He's spent an awful lot of time with them, and I would too if I was coaching those two.

The last four years I coached the quarterback, and this year I'm going to coach the running backs.

We'll find ouT. You never know what's going to happen when the lights go on. You absolutely have no idea what's going to happen when the lights go on.

Is Bobby Washington a little more shake and Darrell Blackman a little more power?

They both got shake. I was just listening to the CD of Michael Jackson and all of his #1 hits. That's the way they both are.

Can the excitement of the first game keep the players from not looking ahead to Ohio State?

I think the mere fact that you people would stop writing about who our second game is that's a month away... that would keep them from looking ahead too.

Can you talk about how DeMarcus Tyler has looked and how he has worked his way up the depth chart?

How DeMarcus Tyler has worked up the depth chart? Well, his performance. DeMarcus is much better than even I anticipated at this point. He's just a youngster in a man's body.

He was taught fundamentally very, very well in high school. He plays with low pads... the biggest thing he's going to have to learn to use are his hands. You can't play this game anymore without using your hands on any level. If he stays healthy he's going to be a good one.

Can you talk about the special team situations?

Right now Deraney's going into the season and will do all the kicking. The return game is another question, especially on kickoffs. There's a bunch of guys back there and they all want it but somebody's got to block. That may go down into next week. I don't think there's any question it will be Tramain on the punt returns.

Who's pushing Lamont Reid and A.J. Davis for the kickoff return team?

A couple of freshmen.


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