Aug. 2, 2014
RALEIGH, N.C. - The NC State football team hit the practice fields for the first day of fall camp on Saturday morning. Leading up to the season opener, GoPack.com will provide daily practice reports.
The team began hitting the field around 9:15 a.m. for a 9:45 flex. There was light rain in the area at the beginning of the workout, but the rain cleared out and left behind cloudy and cool temps (67 degrees when practice began).
The 2-1/2 hour practice included a lot of individual work in helmets. Today and tomorrow's practices are helmets only, the team will wear half pads on Monday and Tuesday and will put on full gear for Wednesday.
Jarvis Byrd is practicing in a slightly limited manner. He worked for the first 20 periods. "They are trying to ease me in gradually," Byrd said after practice. "I will probably pull back a little tomorrow and then go longer on Monday."
The team's hard work in the weight room was evident, especially with two of the freshmen who joined the team in the spring. Safety Germaine Pratt is up to 230 lbs. while tackle B.J. Hill is up to 300 - both have gained 30+ lbs.
On Friday, defensive end Drew Davis was given the "Brick Squad" award for the team's top performer during summer workouts.
There were several great catches on offense, including grabs by Bra'Lon Cherry, Johnathan Alston, Jumichael Ramos and Marquez Valdes-Scantling.
The defense got its hands on the ball a good bit during team work - with several interceptions and knockdowns.
Quote of the Practice - defensive end Mike Rose: "Man, I love this depth!"
Wide receiver Gavin Locklear, who suffered a tibia/fibula fracture a few weeks ago, watched practice from the sidelines on crutches.
Athletics Director Debbie Yow was on hand to watch the team's first practice of fall camp.
The specialists are gaining a new specialty. Wil Baumann lined up at running back during some defensive drills.
Coach Doeren Post-Practice Comments
"It was fun to be back on the field. Obviously the rain held off and the guys were able to get out there and do some things. You can see great retention from the spring and summer, good leadership and both sides were back and forth. It's fun to be able to be back out there coaching the players."
"We're looking for execution. We're not in pads and not hitting so not able to see that part of it. But want to see how far away we are. Are we seeing good effort, good intensity and just clean up little details so we can be more effective on Day 2?"
"I thought the guys came out with a great attitude. I'm excited about the leadership some of the older guys showed."
"They'd better be competitive. We're here to get better and if we're not competing with passion we're going to have a problem. That's what I look for every day: Who loves the game and who plays it at a high level."
"I will have to watch the tape before I say which newcomers did well today. Guys who were here for spring ball obviously have a leg up on the other newcomers. I spent a lot of time watching indy, down there with the offensive line watching some of those guys move around. It's just fun to see the depth. We've got good depth right now."
"We have some serious competitions are various positions. Want to see how guys handle a good practice and how they handle a bad practice and how they bounce back and recover. You build the chemistry of your team during two-a-days."
"When somebody is trying to take your job, you're going to do a great job trying to keep it. Having the ability to create a competitive atmosphere where we can put people in a position to fight for playing time is very healthy."
"Had 105 players out here today. Had a few injured guys and a few we want to get back over the next couple of weeks."