Locker Room Report: Tom O'Brien

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State head coach Tom O'Brien met with the media following the Wolfpack's win over Miami.

Tom O'Brien

"I can't tell you how happy I am for this football team and everybody associated with it. To be in the situation we were in, and to overcome everything this team had to overcome, it's almost mind boggling that we are at this point now."

"He's been remarkable. To think that he goes those many throws without an interception, and he's not afraid to throw the ball."

"I think health has had a lot to do with our success. Our team didn't blink and nobody felt sorry for themselves. We're on a journey and this is a heck of a start."

"This team isn't close to what we were a year ago. Our seniors did a great job. We had a strong focus and intensity this week because Miami was an important game. It's great to be 4-4 in the conference."

"Don't give up on us. I've never been on a team that had to come back from so much, and I'm proud of them. They had to believe in each other to turn this team around. The players believed in each other, the coaches believed in the players."

"[Russell Wilson] is exceptional. I don't know how he sees the plays on the field. [Miami] played man-to-man in the first half and [Wilson] was able to move. [Miami] played zone in the second half, but we found ways to get the ball in the end zone."

"Those interceptions were the story of the game."

"[Miami] was running over us, and it was scary with [Jacory] Harris in the backfield, but it's choose your poison against [Miami]."

"We rushed the ball as well as we have all year. That was huge for us."

"You've got 10 takeaways in two games. That's huge for the defense."

"For all those guys who want those fancy special plays there is yours. So don't ask me about trick plays anymore [laughing]."

"This is a different football team. They came in focused... that's the way we've been playing. It started after the South Florida game."

"This takes us to 4-4 in the conference. There might be a half dozen teams at 4-4 in the conference... I know Miami and North Carolina can end up 4-4 today and Wake did."


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