Gameday: NC State vs. Boston College

NC State (0-1, 0-0) faces Boston College (1-0, 1-0) in a huge game for the Wolfpack. Gametime is set for 2:30, and the contest will be televised on ESPN2.

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NC State (0-1) vs. Boston College (1-0)
2:30 ESPN2
Saturday, Septmeber 8, 2007
Chestnut Hill, Mass.

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NC State Game Notes

YOU CAN GO HOME AGAIN
After spending 10 years on the home sideline at Boston College, NC State head coach Tom O'Brien will have a new perspective on Saturday as he returns to stand on the visitor's half of the field. O'Brien served as the Eagles' head coach for a decade - from 1997 until last year. He is the winningest head coach in BC history (75-45), led the Eagles to eight consecutive winning seasons and six consecutive bowl victories (BC won a seventh bowl game last year after O'Brien had come to NC State).

O'Brien's 2004 Boston College squad won the AFCA Academic Achievement Award for posting the nation's highest GPA - his teams won honorable mention seven others times.

THE BC CONNECTION
Tom O'Brien's 10 years isn't the only connection between Boston College and this year's Wolfpack coaching staff. Four members of the coaching staff played for the Eagles and graduated from Boston College, while 10 members of the coaching/support staff also spent time with the BC football program.

NC STATE VS. BOSTON COLLEGE - THE SERIES
Although the two teams are now conference rivals, NC State and Boston College have played just four times. The meeting in Chestnut Hill in 2005 was the first meeting ever between the two schools in almost 70 years. The Wolfpack and Eagles met in back-to-back years in 1936 and 1937, with the first game being hosted by BC at Boston's Fenway Park, and the second at the old Alumni Stadium.

The Wolfpack won in Fenway, 12-7, and lost the next year, 7-3. For the last two seasons, the two teams have met as conference and divisional rivals. In 2005, the Eagles handled the Wolfpack, 30-10. Last season, the Wolfpack won 17-15 in dramatic fashion with a touchdown pass with eight seconds left on the clock. The 2005 contest was the first meeting between the two teams as members of the same conference. BC handled the Wolfpack in that contest, 30-10, in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

LAST TIME OUT VERSUS BOSTON COLLEGE
Last year's contest with Boston College (Sept. 23, 2006), came to one of the most dramatic conclusions in Wolfpack history. The Eagles came to Carter-Finley Stadium ranked 20th in the AP poll in a visit that was Tom O'Brien's first to NC State since September of 1995 when he was an assistant coach at Virginia.

Daniel Evans made his first career start at quarterback in the contest, completing 12 of 27 passes for 107 yards, no touchdowns and one interception heading into the last 46 seconds of action, with the Wolfpack down 15-10. On that last drive, however, Evans made his mark, driving the Pack down the field before hitting John Dunlap in the corner of the north endzone on a 34-yard throw with just eight seconds remaining on the clock.

Two years ago in Chestnut Hill, NC State jumped out to a 10-0 lead on Boston College thanks to a 96-yard strike from quarterback Marcus Stone to wide receiver Brian Clark, the second longest pass play in school history. Stone, now the Wolfpack's starting tight end, threw for a career-high 247 yards in the loss, but the Eagle defense held tailbacks Andre Brown and Toney Baker to 18 and 12 yards, respectively, on the ground. Stone was sacked eight times, while the highly-ranked Wolfpack defense managed just one sack and allowed 335 total yards, the third highest total allowed in 2005.

THE PACK IN ACC OPENERS
The Wolfpack posts a 30-23-1 record in its 54 ACC openers. When NC State opens its conference slate at home, the team posts a 12-11-1 record and is 18-12 when it plays its first league game on the road.

PASSING UP
NC State passed for 272 yards in the season opener (207 by Harrison Beck and 65 by Daniel Evans). That passing tally was highest for a Wolfpack squad in 23 games (since a 286 yard total against Eastern Kentucky on Sept. 17, 2005).

The Wolfpack's 24 completions was the most since the season opener versus Virginia Tech in 2005 (27).

WOLFPACK IS KNEE-DY
Six weeks before the season started, the two deepest positions on the 2007 Wolfpack squad were tight end and fullback. Now just one week into the season, that is no longer true, as the Wolfpack has lost its leader receiver from last season AND its leading rusher.

In the last week of July, tight end Anthony Hill underwent reconstructive knee surgery for a torn ACL, just a few days after he was named to the preseason ‘watch' list for the John Mackey Award. On Saturday, just a few days after he was named to the preseason ‘watch' list for the Doak Walker Award, Toney Baker suffered a knee injury that also brought his season to a close. Baker will undergo reconstructive surgery at a later date.

Hill, a senior, was a second-team All-ACC selection in 2006 after leading the Wolfpack in receptions with 45. He ranked fifth in the league with 3.75 receptions per game a year ago and was NC State's most experienced returning player on offense – tallying 1,038 snaps for his career. He has played in 27 career contests and started 20. Baker, a junior, has rushed for 1,272 yards in his career. He has played in 24 career games with a dozen starts, including Saturday's contest.

Fortunately, both players still have a redshirt year remaining and hope to be back in action next season.

OFFENSIVE LINE LACKS EXPERIENCE
The point of most concern on this year's Wolfpack squad is undoubtably the offensive line. Of the 10 players on the two deep, FIVE had never player in a collegiate game heading into the season opener with Central Florida, while another had just seen action in two career contests. Two of those five are true freshmen this year - Jake Vermiglio and Desmond Roberts.

Only four players had ever started a game before Saturday and those four combined for just 38 starts. The 10 players on the two-deep at offensive line had only played in 72 career games combined heading into the opener.

A TALE OF TWO HALVES
It took the Wolfpack a while - in fact a whole half - to get rolling in the season opener, but hopefully the momentum of Saturday's second half performance against Central Florida will carry over to the game at Chestnut Hill.

NC State was sluggish on both sides of the ball in the first half on Saturday, allowing 25 points while scoring three, rushing for -14 yards while giving up 169 and tallying just 62 yards in total offense. After the break, however, the State offense tallied 295 yards, while the defense allowed just 38 total yards (just seven yards in the third quarter!).

The most important stat, however, was that NC State scored 23 unanswered points in the second half. The Wolfpack ended up with 357 total yards to Central Florida's 299.

BECKONED INTO ACTION
Prior to Saturday's game versus Central Florida, the Wolfpack coaching staff had planned to play backup quarterback Harrison Beck in the second quarter. He got the nod at the 4:05 mark with NC State down 22-3 and moved the offense nine yards before falling short on a 4th-and-1 play. UCF got the ball back and drove for a field goal putting the score at 25-3 at the halftime break.

In the second half, however, Beck settled down and led the Pack to 23 unanswered points. He threw 16-26 (.615) for 195 yards and two TDs in the half (his one interception was on his last pass of the game) and drove State down to the UCF 40 before the clock ran out.

The game marked Beck's first ever in action in the red and white and his first of any kind since the 2005 season, when he played in two games (Kansas State and Colorado) for Nebraska. Beck is listed as the starter for Saturday's contest at Boston College.

NEW PLAYERS SEE PLAYING TIME
Only one true freshman saw action in the season opener - wide receiver Owen Spencer. And although Spencer is listed as a true freshman in eligibility, he has been with the team since January and had the advantage over other rookies of going through spring drills.

Although Spencer was the only freshman to play, three other newcomers did play. Steven Hauschka, who graduated from Middlebury College and came to NC State for graduate school and his final year of eligibility, started at placekicker. Two junior college transfers also saw action. R.J. Armstrong played two snaps at tight end, while Antoine Holmes, was in for a dozen snaps at right defensive end.

Three true freshman are listed on the two-deep, but did not see action in the season opener: Jake Vermiglio (left offensive tackle), Desmond Roberts (right offensive tackle) and Markus Kuhn (defensive left tackle).


Boston College Game Notes

After a disappointing 25-23 loss to Central Florida last weekend, NC State must regroup and face a talented Boston College squad fresh off a solid 38-28 victory over reigning ACC champ Wake Forest. Pack Pride breaks down the Eagles

Overall Record: 1-0

Conference Record: 1-0

Boston College national statistical rankings:

Passing offense...3

Rushing offense...91

Total offense...31

Passing defense...110

Rushing defense...3

Total defense...69

Recap of last week's game with Wake Forest from CollegeFootballNews.com

Boston College 38 ... Wake Forest 28
Matt Ryan threw five touchdown passes and DeJuan Tribble picked off three passes as Boston College survived a firefight with Wake Forest. The Demon Deacons scored the first 14 points of the game on a 22-yard interception return for a score from Alphonso Smith and a five-yard touchdown catch from Kenneth Moore, and held a 21-14 lead after a 40-yard fumble return for a score from Chip Vaughn, and then BC caught fire scoring 21 straight points on three Ryan touchdown passes. Wake pulled within seven on a 12-yard Kevin Harris touchdown grab, but BC was finally able to pull away in the final minutes on a 28-yard Steve Aponavicius field goal.
Player of the game ... Boston College QB Matt Ryan went 32-of-52 for 408 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions.
Stat Leaders: Wake Forest- Passing: Riley Skinner, 28-37, 236 yds, 1 TD, 3 INTs
Rushing: Kevin Harris, 4-10 Receiving: Kenny Moore, 15-126, 1 TD
Boston College - Passing: Matt Ryan, 32-52, 408 yds, 5 TDs, 2 INTs
Rushing: Andre Callender, 14-49 Receiving: Brandon Robinson, 9-127, 1 TD
Even without B.J. Raji on the inside, BC showed the run defense is going to be among the best in the ACC after holding Wake Forest to just two net yards. While the Eagle running game didn't exactly take off, it didn't need to with Matt Ryan coming up with a fantastic performance, spreading the ball around well and, for the most part, making great decisions. Under the pressure of a surprisingly effective Demon Deacon passing game, the secondary held up when it had to. It won't get pushed by NC State's passing game next week, so it needs to use the game as a tune-up for the showdown with Georgia Tech.

Notes From The Wake Forest Game

..The win extended the Eagles' home win streak to 12 games.

..Senior quarterback Matt Ryan's five touchdowns marked the first five-or-more touchdown game for a BC quarterback since 9/22/84, when Doug Flutie threw six against North Carolina in a 52-20 BC victory. Ryan is only the third player in BC history to complete at least five touchdowns in a game. His five touchdowns increased his career total to 30. He moved up on Boston College's career touchdowns list to tie Shawn Halloran for fifth. He threw 408 yards on the day, setting a new career high. He passed the 5,000-yard passing mark, the fifth BC quarterback to do so. He now has 5,212 total passing yards in his career. His 408 yards ranks eighth on BC's single-game all-time list.

..DeJuan Tribble's three interceptions brings his career total to 14. Tribble tied his career high and recordedhis second mul tiple-interception game. He also had three interceptions on Nov. 23, 2006, in the 17-14 loss to Miami.

..Senior running back Andre Callender passed the 2,000-yard rushing mark, moving up on the all-time rushing list to 13th, surpassing Mike Holovak, with 2,027 yards. Callender and senior running back L.V.Whitworth are the first pair of Boston College 2,000-yard rushers to play at the same time.

..Junior wide receiver Brandon Robinson set a new career single-game mark with nine receptions. He recorded his second career 100-yard game. His third-quarter touchdown was the third in his career.

..Sophomore wide receiver Justin Jarvis made his first career reception on a 23-yard pass from Matt Ryan.

..Redshirt freshman wide receiver Billy Flutie made his first career reception on a nine-yard pass from Ryan.

..Sophomore wide receiver Clarence Megwa caught his first career touchdown on a 22-yard pass from Ryan in the second quarter.

..Senior linebacker Tyronne Pruitt made his first career interception at the end of the fourth quarter.

..Freshman Anthony Castonzo recorded his first career start at offensive right tackle.

..Sophomore Matt Tennant recorded his first career start at center.

..Redshirt freshman James McCluskey recorded his first career start at fullback.

..Junior Clif Ramsey recorded his first career start at right guard.

..Senior receiver Kevin Challenger's first-quarter touchdown marked the eighth of his collegiate career.

..Sophomore wide receiver Rich Gunnell recorded his first career touchdown on a 38-yard pass from Ryan in the second quarter. It also marked his first multiple-touchdown game.

Raji Status Still Unknown

The status of starting defensive tackle B.J. Raji is still unknown. BC declared Raji ineligible to participate in

last Saturday's game vs. Wake Forest due to an academics matter.

Boston College Depth Chart for NC State

Offense

WR 84 Kevin Challenger . . . . . . . . .5-8 . . . . . .180 . . . . . .Sr.

82 Justin Jarvis . . . . . . . . . . . . .6-5 . . . . . .195 . . . . . .So.

LT 77 Gosder Cherilus . . . . . . . . .6-7 . . . . . .319 . . . . . .Sr.

66 Rich Lapham . . . . . . . . . . . . .6-8 . . . . . .324 . . . . . .R-Fr.

LG 72 Ryan Poles . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6-4 . . . . . .290 . . . . . .Sr.

78 Ty Hall . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6-4 . . . . . .290 . . . . . .Sr.

C 65 Matt Tennant . . . . . . . . . . . .6-4 . . . . . .285 . . . . . .So.

61 Kevin Sheridan . . . . . . . . . . .6-3 . . . . . .284 . . . . . .Sr.

RG 73 Clif Ramsey . . . . . . . . . . . . .6-6 . . . . . .302 . . . . . .Jr.

67 Tom Anevski . . . . . . . . . . . . .6-2 . . . . . .282 . . . . . .Sr.

RT 74 Anthony Castonzo . . . . . . . .6-7 . . . . . .262 . . . . . .Fr.

76 Pat Sheil . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6-6 . . . . . .283 . . . . . .So.

TE 80 Ryan Purvis . . . . . . . . . . . . .6-4 . . . . . .258 . . . . . .Jr.

89 Jon Loyte . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6-5 . . . . . .254 . . . . . .Sr.

WR 2 Brandon Robinson . . . . . . .5-10 . . . . .194 . . . . . .Jr.

18 Rich Gunnell . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-11 . . . . .206 . . . . . .So.

QB 12 Matt Ryan . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6-5 . . . . . .220 . . . . . .Sr.

10 Chris Crane . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6-4 . . . . . .236 . . . . . .Jr.

FB 36 James McCluskey . . . . . . . .6-2 . . . . . .231 . . . . . .R-Fr.

47 Brad Newman . . . . . . . . . . . .6-2 . . . . . .250 . . . . . .Fr.

TB 32 Andre Callender . . . . . . . . .5-11 . . . . .204 . . . . . .Sr.

30 L.V. Whitworth . . . . . . . . . . . .5-11 . . . . .219 . . . . . .Sr.

Defense

LE 98 Alex Albright . . . . . . . . . . . .6-5 . . . . . .235 . . . . . .So.

86 Jim Ramella . . . . . . . . . . . . .6-4 . . . . . .247 . . . . . .So.

LT 60 Ron Brace . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6-3 . . . . . .325 . . . . . .Jr.

55 Damik Scafe . . . . . . . . . . . . .6-3 . . . . . .305 . . . . . .R-Fr.

or 99 Jerry Willette . . . . . . . . . . . . .6-5 . . . . . .282 . . . . . .Jr.

RT 97 Brady Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . .6-2 . . . . . .284 . . . . . .So.

91 Thomas Claiborne . . . . . . . . .6-3 . . . . . .330 . . . . . .R-Fr.

RE 57 Nick Larkin . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6-4 . . . . . .241 . . . . . .Sr.

52 Austin Giles . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6-3 . . . . . .291 . . . . . .So.

LB 48 Tyronne Pruitt . . . . . . . . . . .5-11 . . . . .226 . . . . . .Sr.

7 Kevin Akins . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6-2 . . . . . .220 . . . . . .Jr.

LB 40 Jolonn Dunbar . . . . . . . . . . .6-4 . . . . . .238 . . . . . .Sr.

34 Mike McLaughlin . . . . . . . . . .6-0 . . . . . .250 . . . . . .So.

LB 94 Mark Herzlich . . . . . . . . . . . .6-4 . . . . . .238 . . . . . .So.

53 Mike Morrissey . . . . . . . . . . .6-2 . . . . . .210 . . . . . .R-Fr.

SS 19 Paul Anderson . . . . . . . . . . .6-1 . . . . . .208 . . . . . .Jr.

8 Marcellus Bowman . . . . . . . .6-2 . . . . . .214 . . . . . .So.

FS 44 Jamie Silva . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-11 . . . . .210 . . . . . .Sr.

45 Wes Davis . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .6-1 . . . . . .215 . . . . . .So.

CB 27 DeJuan Tribble . . . . . . . . . .5-9 . . . . . .190 . . . . . .Sr.

21 Razzie Smith . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-10 . . . . .186 . . . . . .So.

CB 29 Taji Morris . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-9 . . . . . .189 . . . . . .Sr.

20 Roderick Rollins . . . . . . . . . .6-0 . . . . . .178 . . . . . .So.

BC Quick Facts

Location . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Chestnut Hill, MA

Enrollment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .14,500

Founded . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1863

Nickname . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Eagles

Colors . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Maroon (202) & Gold (873)

President . . . . . . . . . . . .Rev. William P. Leahy, S.J.

Athletics Director . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Gene DeFilippo

Conference . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Atlantic Coast

Stadium . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Alumni Stadium (44,500)

Football Staff

Head Coach . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jeff Jagodzinski

Asst. HC/O-Line . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jack Bicknell Jr.

Offensive Coord. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Steve Logan

Defensive Coord. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Frank Spaziani

Linebackers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Bill McGovern

D-Line . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Jeff Comissiong

Running Backs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Ben Sirmans

Rec. Coord/D-Backs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Mike Siravo

Boston College Notes

Scoring Streak

Boston College has not been held scoreless since a 17-0 loss to Virginia Tech in 1998 - 116 games without

a shutout.

No Place Like Home

Boston College has won 12 consecutive home games, including a 30-10 win over NC State in 2005. The

last time BC lost a home game was on September 17, 2005, 28-17 to Florida State in the Eagles' first-ever

game as members of the ACC.

17 Degrees

Boston College has 17 football players who will have earned their undergraduate degrees as of August 31 -the most of any football program in the country.

Pass It On

After one week of college football, the Eagles rank third in the nation in passing offense behind Hawaii and future opponent Bowling Green.

Matt's The Man

Matt Ryan's 408-yard, five-touchdown performance vs. Wake Forest was the second-best in all of college football's opening weekend, behind only Hawaii's Colt Brennan, who threw six touchdown passes.

 

BC Statistical Leaders

Rushing Net Avg/G TD Long

Callender 49 49.0 0 9

Brooks 18 18.0 0 9

Passing Cmp-Att-Int Pct. Yds TD

Ryan 32-52-2 61.5 408 5

Receiving No. Yds Avg. TD

Robinson 9 127 14.1 1

Challenger 5 59 11.8 1

Gunnell 4 54 13.5 2

Tackles Solo Asst Total

Silva 7 4 11

Herzlich 6 4 10

Dunbar 6 3 9

The Starting Line

A look at BC's starters, position-by-position

Offense

WR Brandon Robinson...The junior had a career-best 9 catches for 127 yards and a touchdown last week vs. Wake Forest

T Gosder Cherilus...The talented lineman had 37 starts under his belt at right tackle but makes the switch to the left side this season

LG Ryan Poles...Registered a spectacular block that led to a 38-yard Matt Ryan touchdown throw vs. Wake Forest

C Matt Tennant...Kevin Sheridan started 10 games last season at this spot, but Tennant is looking for his second career start

RG Clif Ramsey...The junior from Ohio for his first career start this past weekend vs. Wake Forest

RT Anthony Castonzo...The first true freshman to start on the Eagles' offensive line since Paul Zukauskus in 1997

TE Ryan Purvis...Had four catches for 50 yards in the season opener vs. Wake Forest, including a 22-yarder

WR Kevin Challenger...BC's leading receiver; looks to make his 14th career start; missed spring practice after injuring his esophagus

QB Matt Ryan...ACC Preseason Player of the Year; had career-best day vs. Wake, 32-52 for 408 yards and 5 touchdowns

FB James McCluskey...McCluskey looks for his second start; earned Boston Globe and Herald All-Scholastic honors in high school

TB Andre Callender..Both he and Whitworth faced nagging injuries in preseason camp; Callender gets the start for the second week

PK Steve Aponavicius...The former walk-on, known as "Sid Vicious", has now earned a scholarship; gained 10 pounds in the off-season

Defense

LE Alex Albright...Albright and Mark Herzlich asserted themselves as true freshmen last season; looks for his third start

LT Ron Brace...Brace played and started 11 games last season at defensive tackle; has lost 10 pounds in the off-season

RT Brady Smith...Smith started at defensive end last season but was called up to start at tackle in place of B.J. Raji

RE Nick Larkin...Has started 27 career games and 26 in a row; a leader off the field as well, in the classroom and community

LB Tyronne Pruitt...The senior started 12 games last year; only missed the Duke game (due to an injury)

LB Jolonn Dunbar...Team captain, along with Ryan, Cherilus and Larkin; on the Bronko Nagurski Award watch list for 2007

LB Mark Herzlich...The true sophomore has put on 8 pounds since last season; collegefootballnews.com freshman All-America team

SS Paul Anderson...The junior played in all 13 games last season and started the first four at strong safety

FS Jamie Silva...Finished the 2006 season as the team's career leader in tackles with 185 (including 117 solos)

CB DeJuan Tribble...National Defensive Player of the Week after tying a career high with three interceptions vs. Wake Forest

CB Taji Morris...The New Jersey native looks for a strong senior season after missing several games due to injury last year

P Johnny Ayers...Starred at QB, free safety, punter and place-kicker in high school and plays baseball for BC

Non-Starters To Watch

C Kevin Sheridan...Started 10 games last season at this position and jockeyed for the spot in spring and preseason camp

RB A.J. Brooks...The speedy running back has played sparingly but impressed coaches in preseason camp

RB Jeff Smith...played last year as a true freshman; at one point the speedster led the nation in kickoff return yardage

Radio coverage at the stadium...680 AM


Press Conference Quotables

Head Coach Jeff Jagodzinski
Opening Statement:
I was really proud of our guys, the way we overcame adversity (Saturday). We ended up going down 14 points and our kids didn't panic, and they played hard. I was really pleased with our run defense. We gave up two yards, and the thing we need to eliminate is our turnovers – especially if they go for touchdowns.

On the play of the offensive line:
Toward the end of the game, we started running the ball. We had to throw the ball a lot just because of the situation we got ourselves in early in the ball game, but I thought we started running the ball better at the end of the game when we had to run it, and they knew we were going to run it. I thought we were okay. We have a lot of room for improvement, though. But we're getting there.

On the relatively low number of mistakes/penalties:
We made a big point of that, not getting ourselves in problems with pre-snap penalties. We did a lot of shifts and motions in the Wake game, so we had to sit in there. I was happy about that. I believe we had two offside penalties where our defensive line jumped, and I believe we had one lineman down field, but I think for the most part, it was a pretty clean game.

On the hype surrounding the return of Tom O'Brien to Chestnut Hill:
To be honest with you, the only hype that's coming around is from the media. As far as the guys around here, we've got to play an NC State team that beat us last year. I'm not really concerned about the hype that's surrounding it.

On the kickoff situation/if there will be a need to switch to freshman Billy Bennett:
There very well may be. We do have to get that addressed and get that fixed, because putting our defense in a situation where we're just giving up field position before we ever start is not a good thing.

On the combination of Matt Ryan and offensive coordinator Steve Logan:
Our offensive system is very, very quarterback friendly. It's all surrounded around making it easy for the quarterback, as far as reads, what he's looking for pre-snap…and it's been a proven system for the last 13 years or so. Matt Ryan, I think he could be in just about any system, because he is a very talented player.

On overcoming the adversity of losing several key players to injury:
I told our guys, not one guy is going to win a game for us. It's going to take a collective effort from all of them, and I needed all of them to be able to step up and fulfill their role, whatever role that was. The kids responded to that, and stepped up and played. I think you can make up for a lot of things if you play hard and play aggressive. I don't know about any other coaches' philosophies, but you have different talent every year, and you have to fit your system…to accentuate their talents. The scheme we've put our kids in gives them the chance to be successful.


Thanks to NC State and Boston College athletics for much of the information in this preview.


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