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 Martrel Brown.
Pack Pride: Talk about coach O'Brien and his personality.
He's short and sweet. He gets to the point. Whatever he's got to say, he says it.
Pack Pride: What are the differences between coach O'Brien and coach
I really don't know. It's just that, maybe personality. Coach Amato was probably more talkative. Coach O'Brien is more laid back, calm, collected. That's probably the biggest difference.
Pack Pride: What were your impressions of Boston College when coach O'Brien
was up there?
They're a very disciplined team. When they came here, they played us down to the wire. That's what I noticed about them. They were disciplined. They really liked their coach and they missed him when he left.
Pack Pride: Were you surprised when you were named a co-captain?
It really was unexpected. I didn't really know guys looked up to me like that as a leader or role model. So I felt it was pretty honoring that they would choose me as captain. I just thank them for it because I feel with me being a captain I can help this team have a winning season, play a major role in the defense and get things going around here.
Pack Pride: Did coach O'Brien tell you that you needed to do anything
different once you were named a captain?
When I got named co-captain, coach O'Brien came to me and told me I didn't have to act like the president. I just needed to be myself. Whatever you did to get to be a co-captain, just remain the same. Don't change anything.
Pack Pride: Do you plan to take on more of a leadership role?
Yeah, I will take the leader role. I've been doing that all summer camp, in the spring. I started then. I felt like when Tank Tyler left I needed to step up and become a leader.
Pack Pride: How was the voting done?
The whole team voted on it. They had to vote offensive captain, defensive captain and special teams captain. I got voted defensive captain and I'm very proud and happy about that.
Pack Pride: Who did you vote for?
I voted for DeMario Pressley. He's a leader and people look up to him. He's one of the highest rated tackles in the nation right now so I was like, he can get the job done, also.
Pack Pride: What are the expectations for this team?
Our expectation is to go out and win games. That's number one. We've got to win games. We want to bring some happiness around here. We won three games (last year) and those three games were very happy. I mean, everybody had a lot of excitement and if we really want to be happy we've got to win more than three games. And that's the thing coach O'Brien stressed on us, we have to win games. That's how you're going to get things moving around here.
Pack Pride: Obviously the fans have high expectations with a new coaching
staff. What would you say to them?
I would tell the fans to stay behind us 100% like they've always been. Keep rooting for us because it's a new team and a new organization. We're gonna try to get some things done around here.
Pack Pride: Are you pretty much doing the same things at DE that you did
Yeah, I'm playing pretty much the same way- play aggressive, play fast, play smart. Our defensive line coach, he always gets on us telling us to play fast and play smart because he played in the league for 12 years and he knows what it takes to get there. So he really, really pushes us to get to that next level.
Pack Pride: With so many guys going pro off of the DL here, do you feel like
it's your turn?
I think it is about time because I watched those guys go pro so, like the mistakes, the things they did right, I've learned from that. It's my time to do now because watching John McCargo, Mario Williams, Tank Tyler- like me watching those three guys go- it's like a tradition so I got to keep it going.