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September 17, 2013

Q&A: Dave Doeren focused on finishing




NC State head coach Dave Doeren met with the media after practice on Tuesday to answer a few quick questions before Thursday night's game against Clemson.

Everything the coach had to say is below:

Can you talk about the relationship between Jarvis Byrd and Rashard Smith, and what both of them add from a leadership standpoint?

They've both been here a while and they've both been through a lot in their career. With Rashard, it's position changes, and with Byrd, it's injuries. They've been through a lot together. I think when you get to be a senior and you've overcome a lot of things, there's a lot to look back on and be proud of.

I think those guys do not take football for granted, that's what's fun about being around them.

How much does Jarvis' seniority help on that back line, where there are some young guys?

It helps a lot. It's important to him to have a good senior year, so he's talking to those guys about doing things the right way.

Do you feel like you've found a good mix on the offensive line?

Not really, I think we've got a long ways to go when it comes to that. We've had two different lineups in two different games. It takes a while to have a chemistry up front…but they're working at it. It's not because they're not working hard and not doing what they're coached to do, they've just got to get more and more game reps with each other.

Is that something that tends to go unnoticed with Clemson, they have good skill guys but they also have a lot returning up front?

They're good. Everything starts on the line of scrimmage, and they're strong on the line.

Defensive tackle A.J. Ferguson is back on the depth chart this week, can he make an impact Thursday?

No, he won't make an impact. I hope he just plays. He hasn't played in a game yet, so he's not going to be an impact player after not being out there for two weeks. He adds depth to the lineup and I know he's excited about being back.

Was last week a wake-up call for your defense in the first half?

I think it was a wake-up call for our entire team, we turned it over four times and had 10 penalties. It's hard to play good defense when you do things like that. We've got to finish plays, finish quarters, finish drives and finish games.

I think it was a wake-up call in that if you're lackadaisical against anybody, you're going to beat yourself. Our number one goal is to not to beat ourselves first, and we did that last week a lot.


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