Well, it's happened. NC State has began the week with a solid Tuesday workout, according to head coach Chuck Amato.
"I hate to say it, but we had a good Tuesday practice," he said. "I didn't know if I'd ever say it or not. They got after each other, and we had a good Tuesday practice."
NC State's had "bad" Tuesday practices the past three weeks, but were able to come out and perform well today. Maybe that shows that they have put the controversial UNC loss behind them and are completely focused on Maryland.
The Wolfpack will practice again on Wednesday and Thursday before leaving Friday for College Park, Maryland.
Paulsen Out Indefinitely
Late in the game against North Carolina, senior center Jed Paulsen injured his ankle. It doesn't sound good, as coach Amato mentions that there is no timetable set for his return.
"Jed Paulsen had his ankle operated on this afternoon," Amato said. "I don't know all the particulars, but they put a couple of pins in and stabilized the ankle. I think somebody said, [it will be] a few weeks... four to six weeks or somewhere in that area."
"He's already out, he actually came out as soon as he was released," Amato added. "He wanted to go to practice and he was out here at our break."
Paulsen's considered a leader of the Wolfpack, and was the senior captain of the offense. He will be missed along the offensive line, and if anyone can come back this season from a tough injury, expect it to be him.
"Possibly... if anybody can it would be him," Amato said. "Remember what he did two years ago with his ACL."
Paulsen tore his ACL two years ago against Navy, but decided to put surgery on hold until after the season. He returned a few weeks later and played the rest of his sophomore season with a torn ACL.
The senior was a Remington Award nominee, awarded to the nation's top center.
Mentality's Not a Problem
With four straight losses to Maryland, don't expect it to take long for the Wolfpack players to get over the North Carolina loss. Amato believes he won't have a problem motivating his team this week.
"No, that's easy," he said. "Normally, people don't like losing."
NC State's had Maryland on the ropes late in each of the four games, but the Terrapins did what they needed to do late in the game to come out on top. The Wolfpack will need to start... and finish strong for Amato to secure his first victory against Maryland.
"Let's tell it like it is," Amato said. "I think in everyone of them we led in the fourth period. In the last couple with a couple of minutes left to go. You see that ['Finish'] sign up there? We need to put one on top of it that says: Start."
One unit that is looking to rebound is the Wolfpack defense. They gave up several big plays against North Carolina that led to points for the Tar Heels.
"They are upset," Amato said. "They know there were mental lapses that come from a lack of intensity and concentration."
Maryland's offense struggled last week, yielding eight sacks to Georgia Tech. Once again the Terps will face a tough, aggressive defense when the Wolfpack arrives in College Park.