NC State

Doeren: QB decision coming on game day

Posted August 21, 2013
Updated August 22, 2013

— 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.

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  • Carameltoe Aug 22, 2013

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    Also, and I think another poster mentioned earlier, why would he play his hand with the first game less than two weeks away. Don't give LaTech a chance to prepare for anyone specifically. Use the lack of game film on us as an advantage as long as you can.

    I would expect to see both guys get snaps regardless of who starts. I expect that because coach said that he's going to do that

  • Barely Aug 22, 2013

    Why would Doeren handcuff himself by commiting to one QB when none are proven in game situations. Seems to me he is in a great position to control the situation rather that having to start someone who has been playing for a few years but isn't up to par.

  • StunGunn Aug 22, 2013

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    Yeah - just ask PJ "Harrison".

  • eYore Aug 22, 2013

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    Oh, most folks call 'em "tudors".

  • doser Aug 22, 2013

    Learned that spelling from a UNC tutor!

  • sportznut.V2 Aug 22, 2013

    ^^^^No on filed completion on the filed at UNC and no completion in the class room

    hmmmm

  • doser Aug 22, 2013

    Hood looked at the Running back depth at ND no Senior Running Backs, 1 4 star Jr, 2 4 star sophs, 1 4 star freshman 1 5 star freshman Nothing near that competition at UNC taking the road of least resistance. No doubt he would be redshirted next year at ND, and still have a hard time getting on the field.
    No on filed completion on the filed at UNC and no completion in the class room

  • Carameltoe Aug 22, 2013

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    No football program in the history of college sports has ever done less with more than UNC. If Hood decides to go to school there, the only thing he'll have to look forward to is not having to go to class and a free car.

  • Carameltoe Aug 22, 2013

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    Elaborate.

  • KT is risen Aug 22, 2013

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    You'll have to forgive libertard. Swahili is his native language.

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