Mac Attack 7/25/12: NC State head coach Tom O’Brien stops by and talks with the guys about Mike Glennon’s rise as well as the teams injury problems in the years past and hopes for the upcoming year.
The coach says that the players report to NC State on Monday and begin practicing on Tuesday. As far as expectations go, O’Brien says their goal is to win the ACC Championship.
At the beginning of last season, everyone was talking about Russel Wilson. But, with the season that Mike Glenn had last year, Wilson was no longer the major story-line. O’Brien expects the QB to improve this year. He had a great bowl game and he now has the opportunity to study his previous work. “His staring point next Tuesday will be a lot better than his starting point last year,” O’Brien says.
Tom talks about bad calls and injuries that have plagued teams, including his own. He says that the first step is to go back and ask why. That involves looking at team conditioning, equipment, practicing and individual mindset. “There is a law of averages, so things should even out,” O’Brien comments.
NC State opens up against Tennessee on a Friday night in Atlanta. Clemson plays Auburn the next night, both on national television. The head coach says that they want to win this game for NC State first and foremost, and not just for ACC credit.
O’Brien says that NC State would have interest in players transferring from Penn State. “The kids that have contacted us, those are the kids that we are interested in,” he says. Many of their recruiting battles came down to decisions between NC State and Penn State. O’Brien’s recruiting processes have been criticized by fans who are looking for better players. He says, “We recruit players that can play within out system and can make us better.” He also noted that this year in the draft, 6 players were drafted and 3 were signed as free agents.