Doeren thinks young Pack ready for the challenge of Death Valley


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Doeren's Wolfpack have played on the road one time this season (Photo by Jonathan Dyer)

Dave Doeren’s North Carolina State team is 4-1, the lone loss coming at home last week against top-ranked Florida St., a 56-41 setback that saw the Wolfpack blow a 24-7 first quarter lead.

Despite the fact that N.C. State’s lone excursion on the road this young season was a mid-September date at South Florida, Doeren thinks the Wolfpack are ready for the crowd in Clemson’s Death Valley, especially after an electric environment in Raleigh last week.

“I think now we've had to deal with the crowd noise that we're going to get at Clemson, but I think it was a confidence builder,” Doeren told the media this week. “It's going to be a great challenge. It's an awesome atmosphere, I've been told, to play in. For us to have to play in the top two teams in our league back to back, it's going to be a great challenge for our football team this week. Look forward to the opportunity.”

Doeren said that the Florida St. game showed his team can beat any other team in the country.

“I believe we can beat anybody, and that game showed. There were so many plays... even with the 41 points, our offensive guys will tell you, we turned it over twice, and one of them was in the red zone going in to score,” he said. “We know that we can score on anybody. We have that confidence. Like I told the guys after the game, we're way better than we were, but we're not as good as we can be. So we've got to keep fighting and scratching to move and close the gap that existed between us and where we were last year.”

He then admitted that Clemson will present a challenge, especially with the emergence of freshman quarterback Deshaun WatsonDeshaun Watson
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“We move on to a really good Clemson team,” Doeren said. “They've had two tough losses against two great opponents and a senior class that is 21-2 at home, 21-5 as a senior class. A really impressive group of leaders at Clemson and a freshman quarterback that's lighting it up and against a defense that has a bunch of seniors and graduate students on it.”

Doeren said Watson is reminiscent of Florida St.’s Jameis Winston.

“Similar to playing Florida State, he'll run. He's one of the best spread runners in the country coming out,” he said. “Right now he's throwing the ball really well, one interception and ten touchdowns, I believe. His receivers are strong. They'll go up and get the football. They play with confidence. We're going to have to have tight coverage. We're going to have to be able to go up and play jump balls, and our pass rush lanes and our pressures are going to have to be disciplined.”

Doeren said the biggest gap he sees between the two programs is the average age difference.

“We're the third youngest team in college football. That's the problem,” he said “We're just young. We're playing teams like Clemson with seniors and graduate students, and freshmen and sophomores on our side. We're a really young football team. We're playing hard. We're playing with passion. We're practicing hard. We just don't have the experience or the years in the weight room that our competitors do in some areas.”

As a result, he said his players have to learn to play with precision as well as passion.

“We tell our guys, we've got to be great technicians,” he said. “We've got to play above our heads from an effort standpoint to meet up with the two and three differential on the teams we're playing. That's all it is. It's just a youth thing. We've got 51 freshmen and sophomores and 15 true freshmen that are playing. It's a lot different than Florida State and Clemson's lineup.”

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So he thinks playing at home
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Re: So he thinks playing at home
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Re: So he thinks playing at home
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What he actually thinks is "I hope Sarah McLachlin shows
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So do I. Defense better step it up this week.***
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Good luck Dave.
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Hey Dave, it's TigerHawk76 just following up on your comment
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Coach speak or strange logic?
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Survey says:***
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Clemson fans need to BRING IT tomorrow afternoon. Get LOUD!
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Re: Clemson fans need to BRING IT tomorrow afternoon. Get LOUD!
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I want to smoke whatever this dude is smoking...
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I just got so amped reading this thread... ******
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So Tommy Bowden is coaching NCSU
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Disagree, I think this guy is a good motivator like Dabo!***
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agree - NC State plays us tough***
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Re: agree - NC State plays us tough******
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Yep. Out of bounds.
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Not so sure. But it doesn't matter.
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lol, that vine doesn't show the play where he stepped out.***
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Maybe so but we've won by double digits against them
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Thanks Doeren i needed another reason not to like NC State
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Re: Thanks Doeren i needed another reason not to like NC State
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We're all excited about your 7-5 season Dave.
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Not sure what Dave has in mind...
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Not sure what you people are talking about...
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LOL, wait until the ground starts shaking *
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Congrats. That's the closest final score prediction
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What do you want him to say? "I think we'll be rattled"?
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Beasley having the chance to meet/break a sack record
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"We're the third youngest team in the NCAA"
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Anyone else notice that whenever an opponent
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UNC QB Marquise Williams said the ground shook last week..
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