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.”