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April 21, 2012
NC State offensive coordinator Dana Bible has four starters back on the offensive line, along returning quarterback Mike Glennon and running back James Washington, from last year's 8-5 squad.
Bible broke down the position groups with The Wolfpacker going into today's Kay Yow Spring Game. Bible and the offensive assistant coaches will coach the White team against defensive coordinator Mike Archer and the defensive assistant coaches for the Black squad.
What improvements have you seen from senior quarterback Mike Glennon?
"His command, his presence, just the way he handles himself in all aspects — on the field, in the locker room and in the meeting rooms. It is evident that he has set the bar high for himself."
Do you give Glennon any extra responsibility because he's entering his second year as a starter?
"Certainly, by the time you are in your fifth year [of college], you grow to where he's doing things that other guys aren't doing just because of where he is experienced-wise."
Did you get to watch Jon Gruden break down Russell Wilson and the NC State offense on ESPNU?
"I didn't get to see the whole show, but saw some snippets. I followed Jon with the Philadelphia Eagles. He had left to become the Raiders coach. There was a lot of carry over there."
How have the backup quarterbacks been progressing?
"They'll do a good job and they are at different levels as so far to their development. It's a great opportunity on game day [Saturday] being on their own out there. You can't put them in a better situation."
Is the offensive line ready to reach another level with so many juniors and seniors on it?
"I think that is where their expectations are. That is where we are on all the positions. It isn't just one position. We feel like we hold our guys to a high standard. The offensive line is certainly veteran, and at this point, leading the way.
"[Being older] doesn't guarantee anything. It's still about execution and production. Just because somebody has experience doesn't guarantee a thing. We aren't taking anything for granted."
James Washington and Tony Creecy formed a nice one-two punch last year. What is your thoughts on the running backs?
"You can throw Brandon [Barnes] in there also and it's a very competitive situation. It started back in January when the offseason program started from the get-go. No one is conceding anything.
"I see the other guys believing they can be the guy. It's what you hope for at every position. It's genuine legitimate competition."
With the graduation of George Bryan at tight end, who do you think will help fill the void?
"We are working to find out their strengths and areas they need to improve upon in some of the cases. We are still learning at what is a strength of theirs, but again, its' a very competitive situation and nobody owns the position."
How did the redshirt year help junior tight end Asa Watson?
"It helped in a lot of ways. He's stronger, more sure of himself but he's a little rusty because he's been away from it for a year as far as working with the first offense. You can see he's older and stronger. That extra year has certainly manifested itself into a higher level of playing."
What is it like to have new wide receivers adapt to different roles for the second straight year?
"When we started [this spring], the only one that had played of any significance was [redshirt senior] Tobais [Palmer]. I understand where we started with a very green group, but it doesn't matter. We have to be ready to go and get ourselves up and running. I don't care where we started, I just care that we are ready to go by the time we get to the season. That has been our focus.
"We have put them in a lot of different situations and have really challenged them. We've thrown a lot of different scenarios at them. We are a work in progress at that position, but I'll say this, this group is fast. This group can fly."
What is your role on Saturday at the Kay Yow Spring Game?
"I'm on one side of the game, and I'm one of two offensive coaches. We are going to do whatever we can to win a game and gives us the best chance. I know, I know [NC State ultimately wins]. We will put the ball in the air."
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