Haynes: 'I'm a Smart Player'

RALEIGH, N.C. -- NC State freshman Dean Haynes met with the media a day after being named starting tailback.

Dean Haynes Interview

I've been working my butt off and doing the things I'm supposed to do. I'm surprised, but then again I'm kinda not.

What did you do to earn the job?
I just did what the coaches asked. I got in the playbook everyday, got in meetings. I tried to learn the stuff as fast as I could in the two weeks I had.

What are you best attributes?
I'm a smart player. I was able to get in the book and learn the stuff. Obviously the coaches think I can play and excel at the position.

Is it tough moving from cornerback to offense?
It's tough. It's tough to learn the stuff, but you get an opportunity like this you've got to take it and run with it... learn the stuff they want you to learn.

How do you characterize yourself?
I feel I'm pretty fast. I can read defenses pretty good from being at quarterback. I feel I can run the ball hard for the Pack O.

I understand blocking is something you do well.
I like to hit so blocking was fun. It wasn't really a hassle to block. I like picking up the 'backers that are coming in. It's fun. I like it.

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