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September 20, 2012

Q&A: Tom O'Brien talks Citadel, agent rumors

NC State coach Tom O'Brien met with the media for the final time before Saturday's kickoff with The Citadel. He addressed this week's opponent, as well as agent rumors surrounding star David Amerson.

A full transcript of what the coach had to say is below:

What have the education efforts been with David Amerson, in terms of agents and what he is allowed to do?

Not only for him, but for all of the guys that are draft eligible, we've had multiple meetings, we've had meetings with their parents. We spend a lot of time [about it] with the guys that are draft-eligible and David.

Eric Leak is a former football player who got in trouble helping basketball players in the past and he's been disassociated from the University. Does he have any contact with David?

Not to my knowledge.

Do you talk to David about who he's allowed to have relationships with, in terms of Leak?

Absolutely. We've been through this all the time with him. He's definitely aware, his parents are aware and it's been an ongoing educational process with him.

You're confident that all that is on the up and up with him?

Absolutely, I don't have any question about it at all.

What have been your thoughts on how the defensive tackles have progressed during the first three games and how important are they to this game?

They'll be huge in this game. The thing with them is they're lost in the shuffle in the middle, but they better tackle the fullback because that's where all this [offense] starts. They're primarily responsible in there, they have to keep linemen off the middle linebacker because it's key that the middle linebacker can run to play defense against these guys.

As I said, the whole thing starts with the fullback. They may get one, they may get two, they may get three and, all of the sudden, they pop a 30 [yard gain] because [the defense] forgets what they're doing. The defensive tackles are the first part of the defense against the wishbone, it starts at the tackle position.

What kind of progressions have left tackle Tyson Chandler made in his two starts?

He got a lot better from week one to week two. Hopefully, we can make as many strides from week two to week three. It's a tough position, left tackle. We went into the first game, thinking we would get him some help, but they ended up in situations where they isolated him and we couldn't get him some help.

He did much better last week, he didn't get out of his stance one time - he didn't hear the snap count. We got to get him in tune and moving, doing everything there, but I think he's making good strides.

One of the major talking points this week has been the Citadel offense, but can you break down their defense?

We've seen them against two option teams, so we've only seen them against Appalachian State. The coordinator is new this year, last year's coordinator went to Tennessee.

They kind of remind us, structurally, of the way Boston College plays defense - that type of front, that type of coverage. They have a field linebacker, they play with two guys in the box, so I think that's the style of defense that we think we're looking at.

Just to revisit Manny Stocker from earlier in the week, Quinton Porter is a guy you redshirted at Boston College after his junior year. Given the set-up with Pete Thomas and Manny, is that a possibility down the road with Manny?

Certainly, you never know. It's kind of similar to what we went through with Mustafa [Greene] when he got hurt, we used his redshirt after he played as a freshman. There's nothing out of the question that he can't redshirt in future years, but, right now, we can't afford to redshirt him because he's the backup quarterback.

The plan is to have him compete with Pete next year?

In the spring, absolutely.


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