Doeren's decisions begin with first practice
Posted August 2, 2013
Updated August 3, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — Dave Doeren has shaken hands, met the media and worked the weight room, but Friday offered the new head football coach to North Carolina State University the opportunity to do what he loves.
"What I love to do is coach, and today I got to do it," Doeren said after his team's first practice. "It was fun to be back on the field with the guys."
That fun will quickly turn to work for Doeren and his staff, who have plenty of questions to answer over the next four weeks.
"For me, it's kind of like a puzzle. You're trying to move the pieces around, make them fit. You really don't know what they all do yet," Doeren said.
The month of August will give him the opportunity to slot players into the depth chart, and no position is deeper than quarterback. Doeren said he couldn't remember a time in his career when he'd had more choices at QB.
"We look forward to watching the competition, and as soon as we know, the fans will know," he promised.
Among those vying for the job is junior Pete Thomas. "The coaches are watching everything you do," he said. "They're watching individual reps, routes, everything."
For players, the challenge is adapting to the speed at which Doeren wants them to work.
"He wants to play at a faster pace, and in order to do that you have to practice like that," Thomas said.
"It's a big change," said running back Tony Creecy, "but I think we've made major strides. Starting on the first day of spring practice we were way out of shape."
They'll continue to build on that start through the preseason. The Wolfpack opens against Louisiana Tech Aug. 31 at 12:30 p.m.