"He plays fast, he plays hard. He's a 110-percent guy every day, and he's try to get better every day which is a positive thing."
He's only been back there with you for about two weeks though. Has that been kind of tough? Have you had to point things out to him here and there?
"Yeah, but we do that for both of our parts. I do it for myself, I do it for him. We just treat every play like it's a brand new play and just make sure we're on the same page. He's doing a great job."
How does Dean catch the ball out of the backfield?
"He catches the ball great. He's a great player and a great athlete. It's the same with the rest of the running backs as well."
What about Mustafa Greene? This time last year he was playing high school football.
"He's doing a great job and plays hard, just like Dean. He plays 110 percent every play and they want to be great."
Your first game as a freshman you were in a pretty tough game and environment down in South Carolina. What advice have you given those two about playing as freshmen?
"Just relax and do their job, do one thing at a time and move on to the next play."
Do you think it helps Dean to have been a scout team quarterback in the past? How is his arm?
"Being a quarterback helps in general just understanding the game and understanding what the defense is trying to do. That always helps. He got to work with Coach Bible too and I think that has really helped him understand protections and the x's and o's of football. He's a good player. He came here to play quarterback and he's a great athlete. He can throw it as well."
What have you seen out of Western Carolina that impresses you?
"They have a great defense. I haven't watched any of their offensive film but they have a lot of good seniors and just good players all around and they play hard every game."
You guys have opened 0-1 in each of Coach O'Brien's three years here. What's gone wrong?
"That's a tough question. I don't think anything has necessarily gone wrong in particular I just think you play tough games. The game last year, we lost 7-3 and it was a great game all the way up to the end. It's one of those things you have to forget about and move on and that's what we're focused on this year. We're not focused on the past three years, we're focused on this year and the first game."
Is it nice seeing Nate Irving out there?
"Yeah, it's always nice to see Nate out there. He's talking stuff, trying to distract me any way he can, however he can. It's fun being out there with him. He makes the defense better just with his athleticism and just because he's been out there and his experience."
Nate hasn't said he's back to his pre-accident form. What have you seen in that regard?
"He looks 100 percent to me. He's flying around. If he's not 100 percent then I don't know what he is. He's looking good out there and he's ready to go. Him being a leader for our team helps especially for our defense."
What are the goals in the locker room? Have you talked about bowl games or the ACC Championship?
"Right now it's Western Carolina. Obviously that's an ultimate goal, to get to the ACC Championship and a National Championship but you can't get there unless you win one game at a time and win this week."
What are your personal goals for yourself?
"My goal is just to win the game every Saturday or Thursday night, whenever it is."
Three freshmen, Dontae Johnson, David Amerson and D.J. Green made the two-deep in the secondary. Talk about them a little bit. David joked that he had intercepted you a couple times in practice.
"First, to David, I don't remember him intercepting me but if he did it's probably a good thing because I'd forget about it and move on. He's a great player and the same with the other two. They play hard, they play fast, they understand what they are doing. And that's the main thing, you have to know what you're doing. I'm excited for them to get out there and play and it's a good thing we're at home."