Spencer, Offense Looks For Consistency

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Junior wide receiver Owen Spencer led the charge for the NC State offense last weekend, compiling 165 yards on just five catches. But both Spencer and the offense need to find consistency if it hopes to break out of its four-game slide.

Owen Spencer confessed that it's hard.... scoring 42 points and losing another game. The Pack needs a miracle run to avoid a fourth-straight losing season for the program.

"With everything in life when things aren't going right you lose faith in certain things," Spencer said. "But you just have to treat this as our job, this is what we do and we just don't want to let there be any negativity on the job."

And right now, the job for the Pack offense is to find a way to repeat its performance against Florida State. And if you ask Spencer how that gets accomplished, he has a simple answer – practice.

"When you practice perfect you play perfect. We showed close to perfect on Saturday and that's what we were during practice all last week. This week we just have to imitate and bring a little bit more energy and a little bit more focus into what we are doing."

To the junior wideout, it's really that simple. Keep practicing better and keep focusing on the end goal – scoring points. Spencer said that players sometimes lose focus on that seemingly obvious goal and the offense suffers. And while consistency might be the goal of the whole offense, it's also his goal personally as the final weeks of the season approach.

"Get consistent. It's a long season and your body will wear out and you just have to continue to strengthen in every aspect – mentally and physically," Spencer said. "I've been through it before. When you know things and you recognize things you can play fast and that's what I try to do every play."

Spencer missed almost two full games when he suffered a concussion against Gardner-Webb, coming down on his head after getting flipped in mid-air attempting to catch a touchdown pass. Despite the missed time, Spencer still leads the team in receiving yards with 452, is third on the team with three touchdown receptions and fourth with 17 receptions. He's also the leader on the team in yards per reception, averaging an eye-popping 26 yards a catch.

Against Florida State he was displaying the skills that make him one of the league's most fearful deep threats. His 165 yards were a career high, as the junior found ways to get behind the safeties and displayed his breakaway speed in the open field.

"It was just a product of the offense – all of our receivers had good games," Spencer said. "I just happen to be executing my assignment like I did in practice and everybody; the whole offense was going from the lineman making key blocks to the quarterback making key decisions to the receivers running crisp routes. It looked pretty good on my part but better for whole offense."

Now the Pack just has to go out and do the same thing against Maryland. The Terrapins are dead last in scoring defense, giving up over 31 points a game to the opposition. And the Terps aren't much better on the other side of the ball, coming in 11th in scoring offense at just over 21 points a game. Spencer believes this can be the week the Pack gets back on the winning track.

"There are a lot of football games left and if you win out there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and it's a bowl game," Spencer said. "That's what we are fighting for right now."

But Spencer also knows they can't focus on the big picture every day and expect to find success. On the practice field there isn't any talk of four straight wins or bowl games or anything beyond this Saturday.

"We focus on that outside of practice, just to have a goal set, but when we are out here we just take it one week at a time," Spencer said. "Maryland is our bowl game right now."

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