NC State’s Dave Doeren on Growing From Year One and His New Quarterback
NC State head football coach, Dave Doeren, spoke with Mac about his team, growing from year one to year two, his new quarterback and singing to recruits.
On growing from year one to year two: We’ve been through a lot and any time you’re scarred, it makes you grow and learn difficult things about yourself as players and coaches. As coaches, in year two, we understand our personnel better and we know what our weaknesses are, particularly now that we know what we have to play against in the league. We were in seven games in the league last year that we didn’t win and so there’s a lot of things we need to do to overcome that and put us in a better position to be in postseason play.
On the offseason: I thought we had a great offseason. A lot of guys made tremendous gains. We went through spring ball and 90% of our spring roster made it through fifteen practices. That says a lot about the conditioning that our players had coming into the spring.
On quarterback Jacoby Brissett: I think he’s ready. He’s got the skills, mind and heart to run [the offense]. He just needs reps. He hasn’t played a lot of football. He played as a true freshman at Florida in some games. He was the backup year two at Florida and didn’t play much and last year he red-shirted here. As good a player as he is and as accomplished a player as he is, being a state champion in high school in two sports, he still needs game reps in college.