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
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
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
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
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.