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Special Ops unit helps NC State prepare for season

Posted July 22

Athletes commonly reach points when they physically don't think they can keep going.

Coaches all across the country come up with a variety of ways to help players get beyond that wall of personal defeat. NC State coach Dave Doeren took a military approach last week.

They are hearing a voice they haven’t heard before. This is a part of “the program,” a group of special operations marines whose mission is to push NC State’s football players beyond barriers.

“I wanted to put them in a position to where I exposed them one way or the other where the good things came out or the bad came out,” Doeren said.

What these players go through is physically taxing and more.

“But it's only physically challenging to get to a mental state where you really have to think and become accountable under duress and become a better teammate,” Doeren said.

Doeren hopes this develops a circle of leadership among the players, something that was missing last year.

“We were coming in under a new staff,” defensive end Art Norman said. “I feel like we didn't have a lot of senior leaders. They didn't know how to set the tempo because it was a new tempo. We didn't know what to expect. We all were going through it together. Nobody kind of stepped out and led from the team.”

This exercise could be very beneficial to a squad that is so young.

“I thought it was a great way to simulate just the stress of the game day atmosphere for a young football team,” said Doeren. “Seventy-one percent of our team is freshman or sophomores so we're just trying to find ways to help those guys be ready for game day mentally.”

The Florida State fight song blares in the background, all to form a mental image of the real contest between the Wolfpack and Seminoles on September 27.

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  • uBnice Jul 22, 6:56 p.m.

    The scholarship is not free. They earn it.

  • zanerxcubed Jul 22, 7:53 p.m.

    Silliest thing I've read this month. Another gimmick, right out of the TOBy mindset, that will not work. Sad.

  • Hammerhead Jul 22, 8:16 p.m.

    The scholarship is not free. They earn it.

    — Posted by uBnice

    Hence, its worth.

  • TTSCP Jul 22, 8:45 p.m.

    The scholarship is not free. They earn it.

    — Posted by uBnice

    Hence, its worth.

    — Posted by Hammerhead

    Yep.

  • vt94hokies Jul 22, 9:44 p.m.

    What a silly thing for this coach to do. I thought more of him until this elementary mess.

  • vt94hokies Jul 22, 9:47 p.m.

    Silliest thing I've read this month. Another gimmick, right out of the TOBy mindset, that will... View More

    — Posted by zanerxcubed

    Agreed. Dumb move. Spent time teaching these young pups. Dumb. Doeren will not last after this season. Will not win an ACC game, again.

  • KTS BAAAAAAACCCCCCCKKKK Jul 22, 9:51 p.m.

    Silliest thing I've read this month. Another gimmick, right out of the TOBy mindset, that will... View More

    — Posted by zanerxcubed

    Luckily for you, nobody cares what you think.

  • uBnice Jul 22, 10:13 p.m.

    The scholarship is not free. They earn it.

    — Posted by uBnice

    Hence, its worth.

    — Posted by Hammerhead

    Its worth is supposed to be the scholar in scholarship.

    But it is what it is. It is to play ball. And they earn it.

  • bichonman Jul 23, 4:03 a.m.

    What a waste of time. Hope spending time with the Wolfpack doesn't rub off on the Marines. Why punish our military like this.

  • jmcdow2792 Jul 23, 5:23 a.m.

    It works for the Marines, why not for a football team? I think it is a good change of pace and likely a team builder. Go wolfpack!

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