Wolff Looking to Lead

Sophomore Earl Wolff emerged last season as one of NC State's better defensive backs, and this year he returns looking to be a leader for the Wolfpack in the secondary.

Sophomore Earl Wolff emerged last season as one of NC State's better defensive backs, and this year he returns looking to be a leader for the Wolfpack in the secondary.

Pack Pride recently talked with the defensive standout about the upcoming season.
How has camp gone so far?
Camp is going very well. It started in the summer with everybody pushing themselves, trying to get better. So, it going pretty well and we've been going pretty hard.

The NC State secondary had it's struggles last year. Do you feel like you guys were able to take anything away from that to become a better unit in 2010?
We were. Last year we had our ups and downs but last year, we matured a lot. We came together and we were able to build some chemistry. But everything has gone well and we definitely learned from our struggles last year.

Was there anything specifically that you could put your finger on as to why the secondary struggled at times?
It was really like, it was our first year playing and we didn't have a lot of experience. I guess sometimes we weren't as focused as we needed to be- myself, really. There was times where I wasn't in the right place and there were mental errors. But I watched a lot of film and this year, I'm pretty sure we're going to be better.

Even though you're just a sophomore, do you feel like you've become somewhat of a leader on defense?
I feel like I'm a leader. I do what I can do. But there are some others like Justin Byers. Justin Byers is another leader in the group. Him, C.J. Wilson and Brandan Bishop, we try to step up and emerge as leaders in the secondary.

Just from the mental standpoint, what did it mean to get Nate Irving back on the defense?
It meant a lot for the whole defense to get Nate back. When Nate's there he just brings a different energy to the defense and everyone just feels a lot more confident when he's there.    

There's been a lot of buzz about some of the new defensive backs (Dontae Johnson, D.J. Green and David Amerson). How are those guys progressing so far?
The new guys are doing really well. They're all great athletes. I can say they're going to help us this year. Dontae and D.J. are pushing me a lot because they come out there and they make plays every day, and they've learned a lot faster than we thought they would and that's been really big.


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