Sep 5, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - Defensive coordinator Dave Huxtable came to the Pack after spending last season in the same position at the University of Pittsburgh. Huxtable has many ties to the ACC, having previously served on the coaching staffs at Georgia Tech and North Carolina.
Q: Why did you choose to come to NC State, and why did you choose to work with Coach Doeren?
A: Well, let me answer the latter first. I followed Coach Doeren after he left Wisconsin, and just to have some friends that are good friends of Dave that I met on that staff and just heard nothing but good things about Dave and he has been a winner everywhere he has been. You know, when I had the opportunity to talk to Dave about this position and was offered a job to come, you know I wasn’t going to miss out on that opportunity. This place, NC State, I’ve been in the state of North Carolina here a couple of times before and I’ve always thought this place was such a neat place. The fan support here is just incredible and the facilities, I think it just has a great upside. All things considered, having a great opportunity to work with Coach Doeren and this staff that he has put together, and to be a part of the Wolfpack, it excited me and I love being here.
Q: How do the facilities stack up with some that you’ve seen at various stops?
A: Other people are going to have nice facilities, but I mean this when I say this, I have not been in this building before, I have been out there on that field playing and in the stadium, but not in this building here and I was “wowed!”. When I walk through the Murphy Center, the front lobby, the weight room, the meeting rooms, it’s as good as any facility that I’ve been in and I think it’s going to give us a great opportunity to recruit players and to compete with anybody in the nation.
Q: Do you prefer to drop linemen instead of blitz, or just bring one linebacker and safety and let the rushers, rush? Are you a blitzing coach?
A: I’m one of those coaches that we’re going to do whatever we got to do, to win. We’ll do both because I think you need a mix of both, but everything is going to start from a base foundation. Having a sound foundation, a sound structure in what we do, and guys playing fundamentally sound, playing hard and tackling and being where they’re supposed to be, doing their job. I do enjoy dialing something up and letting the boys put their ears back and go on.
Q: Do you have preference on field or up in the booth? Where will you be this year?
A: I’ve kind of gone back and forth on that. I’ve done both. It’s been a long time since I’ve been up in the booth, you know I’ve been down on the field here for the last 10-12 years and I think right now, I’m probably going to be down on the field.
Q: How do you prepare for a defense with a no-huddle, spread offense?
A: Well you know what, we get to do it every day in practice. We did it every day for 15 practices in the spring versus our offense, and now we’ve had to do it every day at fall camp, so we really shouldn’t have to flinch at it when we go play. When we play a team now that huddles, our guys are going to be like “wow man” the game slowed down. Practicing against it every day prepares us obviously for all the no huddle teams that we’re going to face throughout the season.
Q: How do you feel about the physicality of the defense this year?
A: I really like the defensive players here and I think we’ve got a lot of good guys. They’re good people. I like them off the field a lot, they’re fun to be around and they come to work on the field. Football is a tough game, it’s a physical game, and I think we’ve got some guys that are tough, that do like to hit and like the physical part of the game. Through spring and now fall camp, I’m just anxious to go out and see them play.