Sunday Teleconference: Amato Quotables

<B>RALEIGH, N.C. -- </b>Wolfpack Head Coach Chuck Amato held his weekly teleconference this afternoon and here's a sampler of what he had to say.

Coach, talk a little about the situation with your offensive line.
We're beat up very bad and that's one position that we cannot afford to have injuries. Things don't look good.

At one point when Leroy Harris got hurt you had to use Luke Lathan. Does he have much experience?
He's been practicing at center since probably the second game of the year. He doesn't have a lot of playing experience as a red-shirt freshman.

Can you take something out of outgaining all your opponents this season?
It's frustrating when you're losing. Just like yesterday when Brock Berlin had a fabulous game. Jay Davis threw for four touchdowns and went un-noticed. He had a really, really exceptional game. All those things do is get you frustrated. There's nothing we can do about it.

Your defense has been solid until Saturday. Was that because of Miami's athleticism?
We had some missed assignments that hurt us, and the type of team that Miami has was another reason. Everybody talks about our defense, but their defense was 11th in the country or something like that and they had a lot of yardage put on them. A couple of missed assigments from here or there accounted for over 100 yards and it's just a part of the game.

What are your general comments on what happened yesterday?
What happened yesterday was what we were concerned about going into the game. I said early on that we cannot turn the ball over, and we've got to win the kicking game. In the first half we turned the ball over four times and the kicking game accounted for three of their touchdowns.

All that hidden yardage doesn't show up in the statistics, but those are three touchdowns they scored in the first half. We blocked a punt and got nothing out of it. We had a surprised onsides kick and got three points out of it.

The kicking game and the turnovers were really, really big.

You tried to hire Reggie Herring when you first got to NC State. Why did he not want to do it at that time?
I think his family felt very secure there, and he had an outstanding defensive team. He had a lot of returners coming back that next season, and he wanted to be a part of it. Part of coaching is the relationship you have with your players, and Reggie had been close to those kids. I think that was probably the biggest thing.

Are you surprised to see Clemson's offense struggling?
Very much so. They have a quarterback who will probably own every passing record at Clemson before he graduates. He's got wide receivers that are big, strong, and fast. They have a couple of running backs that run very, very hard.

Each game it looks like they are playing better defensively. Two weeks ago they had about nine or ten sacks and this past week they shut Maryland out in the second half.

They are on a two game winning streak, and both of those were at Clemson. This one is there too, so things have a way to turn around.

How is Derek Morris and the other offensive linemen?
It doesn't look good for Derek. He's got a high ankle sprain and it's the other ankle. We'll know more about Leroy Harris tomorrow.

Have you ever been in a game where it seems like everything that can happen in the kicking game did?

It sure did. It's amazing how when one did something the other team did something to [top] it.

The onsides kick play, was that designed for Deraney to cover?
We've used that in years past, and we practice it everyday. He's a pretty athletic individual, and I thought it would be a good time. We had just tied the score 7-7, and I figured the last time we kicked off the kid went 105 yards... what did we have to lose?

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