Doeren: QB decision coming on game day
Posted August 21, 2013
Updated August 22, 2013
Raleigh, N.C. — This time of the year it's not easy to drag N.C. State head football coach Dave Doeren away from his pigskin headquarters.
"Ten days away, I'm in it," said Doeren. "Just to be away from the office right now is tough, I'm still thinking about it."
N.C. State's new coach is taking a brief timeout from strategizing to meet-and-greet a crowded house at the Raleigh Sports Club.
There was a lot of Q-and-A from scheduling to Doeren's depth chart, and in particular running back Shadrach Thornton, who is due in court Thursday on a misdemeanor assault charge.
"He's learned a hard lesson," said Doeren. "He's grown up a lot, and I'm looking forward to seeing him after game one. Sometimes you need to heart-punch somebody to get them to go where they need to go, and I think that's what happened in his case."
There is still one position that is privileged information.
"I will tell you this, I'm not going to tell you who our quarterback is," Doeren said to laughs. "Don't even waste your time on that one."
Doeren, though, did not get out without divulging some game day information.
"Both will play, how much and who's up first, I'm going to leave that until game day," Doeren said, referring to the battle between quarterbacks Pete Thomas and Brandon Mitchell.
"I don't see why we'd want anyone to know who we're playing until we have to. All I ask is this, be meaner to their quarterback than ours eight times, alright?"
The Sports Club audience, like the rest of Pack fans, must wait until the Aug. 31 to find the answer to State's $64,000 dollar question.