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April 6, 2013
NC State held its first scrimmage of the Dave Doeren era on Saturday afternoon on a beautiful day in Raleigh, N.C.
The head coach said that the first goal of the day was accomplished, and that was getting through the practice healthy. He also noted that both sides of the ball had their moments.
"I was happy no one got hurt, that's the first thing we look at," he said. "The defense started fast, I thought. There were a lot of three-and-outs and energy, then as things went on, the offense started to gain some momentum. We were able to get a lot of good situational work in today.
"That's our first scrimmage, so you expect some ups and downs. I didn't think we tackled extremely well, there were a lot of missed tackles. That's part of the deal when you finally do it, you see who can finish plays. I'm happy with just the energy and effort, but there's a lot of things we have to work on."
Rising redshirt junior quarterback Pete Thomas saw some good things, as well, but wanted to focus on the areas where he saw room for improvement.
"We've got to be a lot better and we will be better," he stated. "There were some positives, but you've got to focus more on the negatives and try to work on those, and get those better in order to be the type of team we want to be this year."
The coach admitted he would need to go back and watch the film before providing any in-depth analysis on Thomas or rising sophomore Manny Stocker, but he did note that he is seeing more of players reacting on the field, rather than thinking and then reacting.
"You see guys playing faster now at a lot of positions," he said. "We've just got to clean up a few things, pre-snap penalties and cadence, things like that. It's hard when you have four different quarterbacks in and out, and different cadence tempos and sounds, but those things will get cleaned up as we go.
"It didn't seem like we turned the ball over a lot. I need to watch it, but there were some nice throws and there were some bad protections at times, which hurt those guys."
Doeren didn't single out too many players as scrimmage standouts, but he did mention rising fifth-year senior wide receiver Rashard Smith and rising sophomore Charlie Hegedus.
"A couple of receivers stood out," he said. "I thought Charlie Hegedus made a couple of nice catches today and Rashard Smith stood out to me, especially on some of the sweeps where he was running the football."
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