Fifth-year senior linebacker Pat Lowery has patiently waited his turn to take over the reigns in the middle of the Wolfpack defense. Lowery has just three career starts under his belt but has tallied better than 100 tackles in his first three seasons as a reserve middle linebacker. He spoke recently about the Wolfpack's upcoming season as well as his own personal expectations.
What are your thoughts on the Wolfpack's new motto, togetherness?
"We always start the beginning of the year with a new one. We had a meeting last night which was kind of like a state of the union and that's when it was unveiled. This year I think we're all going to focus on being together. In past years, not so much that everyone got torn apart, but I think we got broke down a little too much into defense and offense. When the offense was struggling maybe there was a little distance between the defense and offense. But this year, we're just going to focus on being together."
You've played behind some great linebackers. How big is this senior season for you
after waiting several years to start?
"This is the biggest season so far for me. But every season has been like that for me. After my red-shirt freshman year I said that was the biggest. But for me, this is definitely my biggest year because I've been waiting and I'm ready to go out and play and prove myself."
With Stephen Tulloch and Olver Hoyte gone, is there any pressure on you to
have to go out and make plays?
"I don't think I feel pressure because those guys are gone. I think it goes back to this is my last season and I think I feel it more from that side than the fact they left. But you need something like that to push you because you don't want to be nonchalant. That pressure on my back pushes me through but I think it's mostly because it's my senior season."
Tell us about Reggie Davis and how he's doing with the move to linebacker.
"This is only about his eighth practice at linebacker. He came over the last two weeks of spring and this was his first one this year. He's such a good athlete and that's what you need at the WLB spot. You saw guys like Tulloch and Pat Thomas and he's in that same mold but maybe a little bigger than those guys but just as good an athlete. It's obviously going to take some time because in the spring we don't have our whole play book in but that's what we have fall camp for. He's eager to learn. Nothing's being given to him and he knows that."