O'Brien post-practice comments

RALEIGH, N.C. -– NC State head coach Tom O'Brien met with the media following the Wolfpack's first practice of the season. Here is a sampler of what he had to say.

Tom O'Brien Audio

O'Brien's overall thoughts on the first day
"I think they prepared well this summer. We are obviously way ahead of where we were last year at this stage and that's a credit to the fact that we doing the same thing we did a year ago. Everybody is more familiar with everything we are doing, what the drills are, what things are called. You can tell the difference when the freshman get out there and try to get lined up as opposed to the guys that have been around, so its a good first day. A lot of energy, a lot of enthusiasm."

On the situation at running back
"We like our running backs, we always have. They are quality backs, but you still have to play with a quarterback – he's the most important person on offense. We still have a lot to do there, and we'll see how it works out."

"Jamelle [Eugene] is ahead, because he's played and been around and went through the spring. He's the No. 1 guy and we'll go from there. But nobody has the jersey plastered on their back, anybody can win a job. He's starting off at the top of the heap right now – we'll see how it goes."

On Baker's return
"It's been almost a year since Toney has been on the field. I thought he did well, we stopped after about 10 periods just to make sure we don't overdo it. You don't want to rush and have him do something that may injury himself. We are going to gradually work into this and build into it with him, but I'm just happy to have him back out there."

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