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Laurinburg (NC) Scotland County and NC State commitment Terrell Manning is doing a weekly diary for Pack Pride.com that will focus on his senior season. In Manning's latest entry he discusses last week's win, NC State's victory over Virginia, and much more!
Monday, October 29 -- 8:15 p.m.
Because of all the rain we had our game was moved to Saturday so I couldn't make it up to State for the Virginia game. We did good against Hoke and got the win, 33-20.
It was one of those victories where the scoreboard actually made it seem closer than it really was. We were up by a few touchdowns at halftime so our second-string got a lot of reps in the second half.
I thought I did pretty good. I'm not sure what my final stats were, but I played one of my better games. We knew we had to try and control Earl [Wolff], and I think we were able to do that. He looked pretty good on both sides of the ball for them, but our defense was real strong against him. On defense it looked like they were using him a lot at outside linebacker. I think it was because of the scheme, and he looked bigger than most of the guys in their back seven.
|"I played one of my better games."|
Because I couldn't go to State's game or watch in on TV I had to record it on DVR. Man, I've actually watched it twice already! I've been up in the house cheering like it was going on live. I wasn't really that surprised State won that game. I was happy, but I feel like State can beat anybody when they play their best and don't have a lot of turnovers.
What really stood out to me was how the offense is playing a lot better. [Donald] Bowens is really starting to come out... he was making some crazy catches, and the quarterback is playing much better. That means a lot to me because I know that the offense is showing out with younger guys who will be there when I get there.
I can see that State has a lot of young talent. Hopefully when you add in our guys coming in with me it will make us even better, and we'll be able to make a run at the championship.
We've got ESPNU down here so I'll be watching them this weekend when they head down there to take on Miami. I can see them winning that one too. I think if they come in with that same intensity then I don't see anyway that they can lose that game.
Tuesday, October 30 -- 9:50 p.m.
It's been a rough few weeks for me, and I think it had been affecting how I played some. I haven't been talking much about it, but I've been real sick the past three or four weeks. I've had this bad sinus infection and it go to the point where sometimes I would spit up blood. I was feeling it, but I kept playing because I wanted to help my team win.
Last week after we played Richmond, we decided that I should go in and see the doctors about it. It was scary because they were doing all these x-rays on my chest. I think they were worried I may be bleeding on the inside and that scared me too. After looking over everything the doctors came back and said that it was really a reaction to the type of medicine I had been taking and that I just needed to get off that medicine. I did that, and I'm really starting to feel a lot better. I've still got a little bit of this sinus infection, but I'm feeling better.
|"It's Senior Night."|
We've got another big game this weekend and it's even bigger because Richmond lost to 71st. With them losing, that leaves us in a three-way tie for first with Richmond and Jack Britt.
It's Senior Night for us, and I'm really excited about it. Our fans haven't watched us play since that Richmond game, and I think they see how this is a big game for us. We should have a big fan turnout, and I'm going to be happy to be out there for that last home game.
Jack Britt plays with a lot of speed and elusiveness. I've been impressed with their backs. They are young, but they are explosive and look real fast on film. They've also got big No. 71 at tackle, and he looks real good. He's a junior and I know State has offered him. From what I hear he's real good and he looks it on film, but I'm thinking our defensive speed may give them some problems.
We need to do our part and win and then we will see what happens with the title. Richmond actually has Hoke, and I already told Earl [Wolff] he needs to win that one for us. He was out here watching the JV game yesterday because his brother, who looked real good out at receiver, played for Hoke against our JV squad. We talked during that game, and I think they are going to come out and play hard anyways because they are fighting for a spot in the playoffs.
We just need to take care of our business on Friday against Jack Britt and go from there.