Most linebackers would be happy with 10 tackles in 25 snaps, but NC State sophomore Terrell Manning wasn't after watching the film from Saturday's win over Western Carolina.
"I was disappointed," said Manning. "There were a lot of things I could have done better... a lot of things we could have done better as a team. So we should look to improve."
What stood out most was the opening drive of the game where the Catamounts marched 87 yards for a score to take an early 7-0 lead. However, Manning and the rest of the defense settled down and allowed just 102 yards and zero points over the final three-and-a-half quarters of play.
"Personally, I came out too excited," said Manning. "It was the first game without my brace... I was pumped up. We came out full speed and needed to slow down a bit.
"With me, I just kind of got too excited and played too fast. I had to slow myself down and once I did that, I played better."
Tomorrow's game will be a difficult challenge for Manning and the Wolfpack defense. Central Florida, a program picked by some to win Conference USA, features a balanced attack that totaled 476 yards of total offense in a 38-7 season-opening win over South Dakota.
"I've watched a lot of their film and they are talented," said Manning. "They've got a couple of different things that we have to adjust to. Also though we have to improve on the mistakes we made last week because we know Central Florida is looking at our film too so they can try and find our weaknesses.
"This week we've tried to improve... just get better. We know it's going to be a tough challenge down at Central Florida. We have to go down there focused on getting the job done."
NC State hits the road for the first away game of the season and is expected to play in front of a hostile environment down in Orlando, Florida.
"It's going to be hectic," Manning said. "We're going down to Florida, and they have a big crowd. Its going to be crazy, but I'm excited about it."
NC State had 16 freshmen play in the season opener, and a lot of those same players will be counted on tomorrow in their first college road game. Manning experienced the same last season during his freshman year, and he says his teammates must remain focused and not get distracted.
"It's tough for a lot of freshmen," he said. "My first year I would say the biggest road game I had was against Florida State. It wasn't my first, but it was big. I remember going down there and it was hot and humid... the crowd was going wild.
"You have to be ready for all that. You got to be ready to play. You have to stay focused and have the mentality that you're down there to do whatever it takes to win the game."