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N.C. State offense finding its rhythm

Posted October 14, 2008

After posting 31 points in their loss to Boston College on Oct. 4, the N.C. State offense is optimistic it is on track to post similar numbers against the Florida State Seminoles (4-1, 1-1 ACC) on Thursday night in Carter-Finley Stadium.

“The O-line, wide receivers, and backs are all working hard,” quarterback Russell Wilson said. “We’ve been working together the whole season and over the summer and have been getting some connection.”

Although the last two losses have been disappointing to many Wolfpack fans, the players feel that there may be a different story.

“We’ve gotten a lot better. It’s just a matter of our schedule getting more difficult,” freshman receiver T.J. Graham said. “If we backtracked to earlier in the year and took the same offense with us, we would have had a different product on the field.”

One major factor in the offense’s high productivity is the inclusion of Wilson in the lineup. Last week, Wilson finished the game with 19-of-33 passing for 218 yards and a touchdown.

“Russell is understanding the offense a lot more, reading things a lot easier, scoring more points, and finding his receivers – which is really what we need,” Graham said.

The redshirt freshman quarterback believes that he has been able to grow and develop in his knowledge of both the Pack’s offensive style and his grasp on the difficulty of college-level play.

“I’m definitely a lot more confident after getting experience out there and seeing the speed of the game,” Wilson said. “I’m excited because I think our team is working hard and improving each and every game.”

Graham shares his optimism, believing that Sunday afternoon’s practice was one of the more remarkable ones for the offense this season.

“Today, we probably had one of the best practices that we’ve had yet as an offense,” he said. “We just need to keep taking charge and use each game to get better and better.”

Wilson, who has had his fair share of injuries during his career, is glad to have players such as Jamelle Eugene and Anthony Hill healthy during practice and ready for game time, yet he always remains ready for the worst.

“Having a whole bunch of players back helps, but each and every day we’re prepared for anything,” he said. “If one guy goes down, then the next guy just has to step up.”

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  • AlleyOops Oct 15, 8:50 p.m.

    Off topic, but... how do you insert a carriage-return into a post here?

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again02

    Push the "quote" button of whoever you're quoting and begin typing!

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Oct 15, 9:29 a.m.

    "Now There is.
    Just hit return."

    WOOO HOOOO!!!

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Oct 15, 9:28 a.m.

    "The only State"

    Heh heh! I like that!

    State's defense is not horrible. It is injured. When we had Nate Irving and Alan-Michael Cash in the lineup, the defense was great, and in fact, the only thing that was keeping us in games when key players on offense were injured.

    "Is Nate Irving the only significant player left on the injured list?"

    There are still a handful of players on the injured list. Alan-Michael Cash is another defensive player on the list. There are a few key players that are out for the year, too. Seems like there are still 6-7 players injured at least, but I haven't checked the list. The offense has gotten pretty healthy, and the results can be seen on the field. If the defense gets healthy, you're going to see a pretty darn good team on the field.

  • dstancil2 Oct 14, 7:17 p.m.

    I've been a state fan my whole life..So don't take this wrong....BUT THEY NEED TO FIND SOMETHING !!!!!! GO PACK!!!!!!!!!

  • Richard_B_awesome Oct 14, 4:47 p.m.

    Off topic, but... how do you insert a carriage-return into a post here?

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again02

    Good Question, there was no way.

    Now There is.
    Just hit return.

  • duwbit Oct 14, 4:35 p.m.

    Is Nate Irving the only significant player left on the injured list?

  • Richard_B_awesome Oct 14, 4:21 p.m.

    Thursday night home game, backed into a corner, divisional rival with no consistency on offense... View More

    Which "State" will win? ;)

    — Posted by TruthBKnown Banned Again02

    The only State Form Image

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Oct 14, 4:16 p.m.

    Off topic, but... how do you insert a carriage-return into a post here?

  • TruthBKnown Banned Again02 Oct 14, 4:15 p.m.

    Thursday night home game, backed into a corner, divisional rival with no consistency on offense... View More

    Which "State" will win? ;)

  • Richard_B_awesome Oct 14, 4:03 p.m.

    Yes, you will heal question is by Thursday?

    — Posted by iron fist

    Totally

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