Pack Pride Q&A: DE Antoine Holmes

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State held their annual media day this past weekend and Pack Pride was on hand to speak with many of the team's current players in a Q&A session. In this edition we talk with Wolfpack defensive end Antoine Holmes.

NC State held their annual media day this past weekend and Pack Pride was on hand to speak with many of the team's current players in a Q&A session. In this edition we talk with Wolfpack defensive end Antoine Holmes.

Pack Pride: How has the transition gone from junior college to NC State?
I feel like it's going pretty good. There's a lot of positive things that have come out of it by me coming from a junior college. I already have a little bit of experience being at a college. It took me a while to get my feet under me and find my place here but I feel like I' getting my place now.

Pack Pride: What is the biggest adjustment you've had to make as far as the way you've had to prepare for football?
I realize there's a lot better athletes up here. Here, it's the best of the best. So I feel like I had to mentally train myself and physically train myself.

Pack Pride: Where are you lining up right now?
I'm playing defensive end right now and that's where I played in junior college. I feel pretty good about it. Wherever they want me to play, I'll play it.

Pack Pride: What's your impressions of DL coach Keith Willis?
When I first met him on my visit he was real honest with me. He told me felt I could come here, there were a lot of things I could improve on to play. When he told me that I felt like he was a real honest coach and that right there made a bond of trust and it's going pretty well.

Pack Pride: Do you feel any urgency to have to go out and make an impact right away considering you're on a shorter time frame than the incoming freshmen?
I look at it but at the same token I have to make sure I understand my position that I'm in right now. I know I have three to play two. But I feel like if I work hard, everything will fall into place.

Pack Pride: What was coach O'Brien's demeanor and style when he was recruiting you?
I like his demeanor. To me he seemed like the strong and silent type. I was very impressed when I met him on my visit. He seemed like he was a straight up guy. He really wanted me here. I felt welcomed. The coaching staff was the main reason I decided to come because I felt like I put myself in a good position.

Pack Pride: Was his recruiting style different from other coaches you encountered?
I feel like he was a little different. I was recruited by some other schools and his approach was real serious, real honest and real genuine and that's what really brought me over here.

Pack Pride: Do you feel like there are any areas you have improved on since getting to NC State?
Basically I think with the workouts, I've improved physically. I'm trying to understand the game and the situations and I think I've improved on that.


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