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 CB Justin Byers.
Pack Pride: How has the adjustment to college football gone for you so
The adjustment has been good. I thought it was going to be a lot harder but when you love the game, you take it and go with it. I haven't fully adjusted to everything yet. Everything's a lot harder and everybody is a lot stronger and faster but I think I'm coping real well with the changes.
Pack Pride: Which position are you working out at primarily right
When I first got here he started me out at safety because there were a lot of upperclassmen at corner. But we talked about it and he thought I might have a bright future at corner. So, mainly for the last couple of weeks I've been working at corner and it's been fun. I played it a little bit in high school so it's not all new to me.
Pack Pride: What have been your impressions of coach Reed?
I like coach Reed. He's straightforward. He lets you know what he wants. If you mess up, he lets you know that you've messed up and what you need to do to correct it. There's really no perfection with him, it's always something you can work on and I like that. Some coaches will be satisfied with just letting you be okay for the day. Coach Reed is not happy with you just being okay. He's always pushing you to be your best every day. And if you're not, he's getting on you to be your best.
Pack Pride: What has it been like getting used to the time constraints of playing college football?
The time, I really don't have any free time. It's like a job. When I'm not in class, I'm doing something for football. I know over the summer I had to talk to my advisor because I had to find time to eat. I was always on the go. I would leave class and go straight to the Murphy center to lift. After I leave there it would be time for study hall so I just needed to find time to eat. I always try to be early for everything.
Pack Pride: Does coach O'Brien ever get vocal at practice?
He doesn't say too much. He let's you know what he wants. If you get on his bad side, he'll let you know you're on his bad side. He's a demanding coach. He knows what he wants. He knows how to make winning teams. Since I've been here I've seen how everything goes like clockwork. It's not any surprises, we know what we're going to do. He lets us know and he tell's us how it's done. Since I've been here I've seen him smile sometimes and get a few laughs out of him but not too much talking except in team meetings.