O'Brien: 'I'm Excited About the Future'

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State head coach Tom O'Brien discusses the upcoming game against Florida State with the media.

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    "I haven't been able to give scholarships to walk-ons here yet."

    "Anything is week-to-week is indefinite for me. Whenever he is able to throw and feel comfortable he'll be able to get back and play."

    "We're getting awful short, but that is the way it is. We can't do anything about it but go out there and work as hard as we can with the guys that are healthy."

    "You don't lose your starting job because of injury, depending on how long you are out. Obviously if Lou Gehrig shows up... for the most part you don't lose your job."

    "It's all about the game and business. When the game is over, if you want to go visit, that is the appropriate time to do it."

    "I never lost confidence in him. It was a question of who we thought was the best quarterback. We thought that Harrison gave us the best opportunity to win after we watched the tape of Central Florida. We didn't make that change because we lost faith in Daniel at all."

    "You definitely have to talk about them because you have to learn from them."

    "We've got three guys. Levin Neal, [Nathan] Franklin, and [LaMarcus] Bond have decided they don't want to be a part of this football team. So they have been granted releases to transfer wherever they want to go."

    "It's kind of tough... he has to pay his way if he wants to go within conference. If he wants to do that, that's fine."

    "Just that I thought he should stay with it until the end of the season and then make a decision from there."

    "It seems to me that they have more called plays for [Xavier Lee]... in terms of running the football, than they did for Drew Weatherford."

    "DeMario is a great kid... a great player here."

    "He had some great years here... he had some great players."

    "There are a lot of good things Chuck did here."

    "Everything that I thought about State when I came here is actually better than I thought. I'm excited about the future of this program. We're going to get this thing rolling, and we're going to start winning football games here sooner rather than later. We're not that far away. We have to take care of the football and do a little better job of staying in our gaps and stop the run... this thing will take off."

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