After posting a 5-1 record as a starter in 2005, many feel the fortunes of NC State football in 2006 will lie squarely on the shoulders of junior QB Marcus Stone. Stone talked recently about the Wolfpack offense and what his expectations are for the upcoming season.
It seemed at some points last year, the team ran more. Do you expect to continue that or do you think the coaches will open it up?
"It's all about our game plan and what we expect to do against the defense. So I can't guarantee if it's going to be a little more run or a little more pass. We'll just take what the defense gives us."
Did you get a chance to work with any of the receivers over the summer?
"Definitely. Almost every day we were out here working on one on one routes. Then, when we could get a defender out here we'd work on having a defender there. Then, when we'd get the whole defense out there we'd do like a pass skeleton (drill).
Was there any particular ones you worked out with?
"All of them. They all showed up and worked hard. John Dunlap and LaMart Barrett, you can count on them every day. Other receivers had classes or what not but every receiver came out. Our young guys came in and they were ready to work too."
How much of the run/pass balance is on you as far as how you perform?
"Well, I'm pretty sure if I come out throwing a bunch of incompletions, coach Trestman is going to start handing it off. But definitely, if we're clicking well early, whatever works, if it's handing the ball off- that's what we're going to do."
Did you guys take a conservative approach last year to minimize mistakes and now that you have that behind you, do you think coach might be more inclined to open it up?
"I don't feel like they settled back and slowed down because of me. What we did is we just basically went back to fundamentals. We went back to the simple stuff that we started early in the year that everybody knew. We got off more of the advanced stuff. But now that we've been running it in the spring and all summer, we're going to be able to open up more."
What kind of weapons do you have out there?
"You have no idea. Words can't really explain what that kid (Darrell Blackman) can do. Darrell is so explosive. He can catch. He's going to be great for us this year."
Can he be what Tramain Hall was after his sophomore year?
"Yeah, definitely. He can be that and better, I think."
What's your relationship like with coach Trestman now that you've had over a year now to get familiar with what he's trying to do?
"Our relationship has gotten a lot better I believe. When I first got here, being the number two guy and now that I'm the guy and been working with him for a year and a half now, it's definitely gotten a lot better as far as knowing when it's time to crack a joke and when it's business time."
How long did it take you to crack a joke with coach Trestman?
"It took a little while but I think I let him break the ice before I started cracking jokes. But he does crack jokes and he's not all business."
Talk about LaMart Barrett and what he means to all those young guys around him.
"The main word I can use to describe him is leadership. He's just a great guy on the field and he's like another coach out there. If you've got a confused, he helps me a lot because I won't have to tell him what to do because LaMart knows the play book just as well as I do. He's just great to have on the field and, also, he's a dependable receiver. If he's got one on one then I'm going to put the ball in his area."