NC State head coach Tom O'Brien hopes that his squad will bounce back from a 41-30 home loss to Virginia Tech Saturday afternoon at Carter-Finley Stadium.
O'Brien said his team was "fine" Sunday at practice after admittedly being dejected following the loss. He also joked that one of the advantages to being young is the ability to move on quickly.
NC State will face Boston College Saturday, but the game has less meaning to O'Brien than it did when he first arrived at NC State in 2007 after a successful 10-year stint at Boston College. He noted there are only seven players left at BC that he recruited.
Among other topics O'Brien covered during his shorter than normal weekly press conference:
- O'Brien was happy with the performance of true freshman corner David Amerson, who made his first career start Saturday. He noted that for Amerson, football is very important to him. O'Brien said that Amerson saw a replay of the long touchdown he gave to Cincinnati around 2 a.m., during a replay broadcast of the contest and immediately texted defensive backs coach Mike Reed to let him know it would never happen again.
- Despite the loss, O'Brien does feel that Saturday showed NC State has a chance to be a good team.
- He noted that Boston College's offense, despite questions at quarterback, still starts with star junior running back Montel Harris and their powerful offensive line. Defensively, they are led by sophomore linebacker Luke Kuechly, whom O'Brien noted gets off blocks better than any linebacker they have seen in a long time.
- O'Brien wants his team to get back to the basics, and that's not turning the ball over on offense, eliminating pre-snap penalties and cut down on missed tackles that leads to big plays.
Here is the audio from O'Brien's press conference: