Williams: 'It's Going To Be Another Challenge'

Defensive end Mario Williams was a major in-state recruiting coup for Chuck Amato a few years ago. The junior from Richlands, North Carolina discusses his recruitment, the in-state rivalry, and the upcoming game against North Carolina with Pack Pride.

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Mario Williams (2:00)

Thoughts on UNC Right Tackle Skip Seagraves:
He's a great physical player. He comes off the ball pretty hard. He's very well against the pass rush. I've just got to bring my 'A' game. I've just got to play hard.

What's the best way of attacking him?
Being more aggressive than he is. That's the only thing I can say. Be aggressive with aggressiveness.

Has Carolina double-teamed you a lot the last couple of years?
Everybody does that every now and then. Chop blocks... things just to slow you down. Especially when it's a three-step drop and the quarterback's throwing a slant, they'll do a quick-chop. That's usually what happens... either a double-team or a chop-block.

'I just always wanted to be a Wolfpacker'

Being an in-state kid, what does this rivalry mean to you?
It means a lot. North Carolina and NC State has always been a rivalry. I've always know that, and I've always been a big part of the hype, even when I was younger. Getting another chance to go out there and play in it again is very big. It's a big opportunity.

Was North Carolina a big factor in your recruitment?
They were recruiting me pretty hard, but I felt my place was here at North Carolina State.

Anything swing the decision? Was it State winning your senior year?
I don't know... I just always wanted to be a Wolfpacker I guess.

Any North Carolina fans in Richlands give you a hard time?
Oh yea, of course. That came along with it.

Against Wisconsin, North Carolina played true freshman Garrett Reynolds at right tackle for a few snaps. What are your thoughts on him?
For him to be a true freshman, he's doing pretty good. Whenever Seagraves came out he did what he had to do. He protected well... it's just going to be another challenge.


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